Working in a recording studio - Bouncing

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This is the term given to the recording of a certain amount of tracks onto fewer tracks to free up channels and record more instruments. Let's take a look at a practical example. Suppose we've recorded a many-pieced drum kit onto 12 tracks. This clearly leaves us with only 11 tracks left for all the other instruments (track 24 is the time-code, remember?). To free up a few tracks we could consider the option of creating a stereo mix with all the drum-kit tracks and record it, for example, onto tracks 13-14. Once this has been done, the whole of our drum-kit occupies just two tracks and we can overwrite tracks 1 to 12. This method must be adopted with great care, as it has some pretty big drawbacks. First of all if the multi-track support is analogue, a signal degradation takes place every time it gets copied from one track to another. Secondly, and most importantly, in doing so we can no longer manipulate the drum-kit's mix. If we were to suddenly realize, for example, that the snare-drum's level is too high, there would be no turning back; the levels within the mix would be permanently fixed, and we'd have to start the recording from scratch!








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