[The WORSHIP Part]
1. Record live.
[The INVESTMENT-IN-SOUND-SLEEP Part]
2. Backup raw tracks to local hard drive.
3. Copy tracks to portable drive.
[The NON-MUSICAL-BUT-NECESSARY-FILE-MANAGEMENT Part]
This is to keep the files you need, where you need them, and get rid of what you don’t.
4. Import raw tracks into a new Logic session. The end result is a single Logic session with all the songs.
5. Rough mix. Do it now instead of doing it for each individual song later.
import individual track settings from previous album project
create submixes for Drums, Bass, Instruments, Vocals, Ambience
route to a Master bus
6. Save as individual songs. DON’T INCLUDE ASSETS, otherwise you’ll watch helplessly as gigs and gigs are copied unnecessarily.
7. Cut the tracks to length for the song, then select all > convert to new audio files
8. Once you have that for all songs, delete raw tracks – they’re already in two other places, so you’re good.
9. Sync tempo to the click track. Enable Beat Mapping in global tracks, drag click track to the Beat Mapping track, sync the tempo markers.
10. Create markers for each song section (Verse 1, Chorus, etc.). This saves loads of time over the course of the project.
[The DRUM-EDITING Part]
Editing the drums before tracking overdubs eliminates the need to re-align the overdubs later.
11. Nudge drum overhead track to align with the snare track, then nudge toms to align with the overheads. Getting the timing aligned improves the phasing and makes the drums sound tighter.
12. Group the drums with Ambience tracks, enable phase-aligned editing in the group settings, then enable Flex time in slicing mode.
13. Use the eraser tool to remove all the transient markers (what a pain), then correct timing as needed. I haven’t been successful with the automatic quantize feature, so I edit the timing manually.
14. Have a listen (man, Aaron just killed it on the drums!).
14. Freeze the flex’d tracks to reduce the demand on the computer processor. Set the project end marker first!
[The UP-NEXT Part]
11. Track overdubs