I'd like to get a bit of a discussion going on the topic of recording during the songwriting process. What is your typical cycle for a song from the first idea to the final version? Do you use successive more fleshed-out recordings, or mostly live development? What gear helps you along in the process?
I'm trying to work out how best to organize my band's practice time.
We currently have about 3 hours, twice a week in a facility where we can leave our gear set up. The singer, bass player and drummer all want working recordings of new song ideas so they can contribute on their own time (which I fully understand, and think is a good idea). The problem is that they all want personalized mixes - ie. no vocals in mine, no drums in mine but a click track to keep timing instead, no bass in mine... I can quickly see all of our time being consumed by the trivialities of recording - set up, level checks, previewing the recordings, multiple takes etc.
We can leave our gear set up, so we could come up with a modular recording rig where all I'd have to do is plug in my laptop when I get there and go. Do you think this is feasible? For me, its frustrating me and killing the creative vibe to jamming. It feels like for every hour of creative output we now need 3 hours of rehashing and recording to make everyone happy.
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