Today I’ll be mixing down a song. I need to put a vocal harmony into it and then mix, mix, mix. Yesterday Dan Bernstein and I spent the morning recording four mandolin tracks–three lead and one chop/rhythm. I listened to the whole song last night with the various tracks and it sounded good. Once I get my high vocal harmony into the mix I can get to work.
I’ll post an update on my progress tomorrow, but for today it’s one track at a time until I get it into a song form. Much of the work is to take the best parts from each of the mandolin tracks and place them into a new track and slide them around until they match the beat, and keep doing this until it sounds cohesive.
This is fun work. In a way it is every bit as creative as is the songwriting part of my profession. It is kind of like sculpture, because I am carving, molding, and whittling the various parts of a song until I have a finished piece. Good stuff!