To edit or to not edit

Last week-end I had a recording session with a songwriter and the project was to record 2 songs. The songwriter had already broken his songs to several show, he knew what to do.

While recording, we already take the decision if we will edit or not. The first was a folk song, very rhythmic and it was easy to be a little exited and rushed the performance. For this song we decide to make edition, to be sure everything is tight.

The second was a very intimate song and it was like a cry from the heart. The recording was with the full band and they were just playing with their heart and soul. The band was pretty tight and we had a great vibe around it, this is one reason why we can keep the performance. The singer was very great and we can keep the track of his vocal, not a lot of bleed on it so we already had the perfect feel.

There is no great or wrong answer about editing, simply do what you are comfortable with. For me, I always go with the song, some songs will be more apt to be edited and some others you just want to keep it as a performance. It depends also how you record it, just be confident and everything will goes well.

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