Just wanted to share with you an article my buddy wrote which I've found very, very useful! He's a whiz at all things Pro Tools, and this is his guide to Drum Editing:
http://www.onefligh… Editing Drums
Do you guys have any tips or special techniques to share?
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My number one tips, would be to record the drums on time and not quantise it.
Message to bands : Make sure the drummer knows how to play with a click the first day you start to compose an album, If not make him start to do so.
For the insecure drummers and producers. At the end of the song, record the different grooves of the song alone with the click, then record some fills. Many drummer will be more on time alone with the click compared to playing with other instruments (that may not be perfectly on time).
Recording some extra content will give you options to replace parts of the song that are not up to expectations.
Yes I'm a drummer, yes I am sometime off the click a bit. That's what punch ins/outs are for. ;)
You don't expect the singer to record with one take all the time.. same for other instruments.. taking the time to record great tracks and the rewards will be greater than clicking the life out of the music.
I'm totally with you there. ...which is why I've never been great at drum editing - because I never really wanted to do it!
But in a studio which is a business, you've often gotta do things like crazy editing to get an acceptable result. I know, it's not particularly musical, but an unfortunate necessity these days.