Should not have to mention using one's ears as if someone is not using thier ear's then chances are they would of never got any sessions to mixdown! I am from the multi-tracking with aload of microphones mostly tracking and mixing modern metal. It takes along time to setup everything and tweak mic placement/gear choice to get everything sounding as subjectively good as possible before even opening, heck even switching on the audio machine/DAW computer, Unless say I want to blast out some reference tracks whilst doing all that. I always get the Drum Tracks down first with scatch Guitar and sometimes Bass tracks also, Vocals (If you could even call them as such sometimes
) are nearly always done last. After drums comes rhythm guitar parts as they tend to need more space than the bass guitar, then bass guitar, Lead guitar parts. It is not always in that order but i would say 9 out 10 times that is the way it works best. It is great if the band have done a rough demo in thier rehersal room of the tracks they want to do or do not mind me coming down to sit in on a few rehersals/practice sessions so i am able to get a really good feel for thier material...Its most of the time good fun doing that. Susspose that would be what some would call "pre-production" but i do not produce or call myself a producer (hate that term as it is IMHO irrevelent these days, Has been for along time bar the odd few). Preparing For War is a more apt term
Its a friendly war/battle though i must add
Peace and all the best to all as always
Edit: Laurent makes some very good points above i must agree, Some things do overlap and are or can be universal but at the same time different genres/styles will call for specific considerations as the main points to get right in order to lay the foundation for the rest of elements of the tracks to work. Amen to that
- Give me an electronic session to mix down and i would no doubt really struggle as it is not what i practice. It would definately be an experience to be dumped way out of my comfort zone though, I just wish that i had more time to put into audio/music than i can do at the moment
Still it can not be like it is now/last forever. If i am ever spotted saying "I have got far too much time to spend working on audio/music wise" - Please shoot me!!!