OK, this question isn't really aimed at professional studio engineers - I'm a one man home studio novice so want to understand how other home studio bods go about putting their ideas to hard disk, or SSD, or whatever your preferred media is
Not that I don't think I can learn from the professional way of doing it, of course.
So, I have a pretty good DAW (Logic Pro X, for those who want to know), an audio interface, some instruments (mainly bass and guitar - can't play either particularly well), a head full of ideas and never enough time.
After a while of messing around with ideas I sometimes (not often) end up with a finished arrangement - all the parts seem to come together and I know what I'm trying to achieve and can 'hear' the finished song in my head (rarely do they ever
sound anything like what's in my head).
So now comes the hard part - recording all of that in the DAW. Take after take, buggered that bit up, delete and re-record etc.
This is the bit I'm interested in - how you all do it? Do you try to record your parts in one take (I.E. say, record your rhythm guitar start to finish in one hit, as you would have to live) or do you break it up and record an intro, then record your verses, choruses etc separately from one another?
If you have repetitive parts do you copy and paste takes to different parts of the song or do you try to keep it all 'real' throughout the recording?
If you're working with drum tracks do you pick a basic pattern, record the rest of the song, and then work on the drums last or do you find that the drum track sets the feel of the song and needs more attention earlier in the process?
I'm not looking for a right or wrong answer to any of this, I have my way of doing it and it changes sometimes depending on the situation (and my own frustrations) but I'm starting to think maybe I could do it a different way which might help the creative process flow a bit better.
My 'normal' way of recording is to find a decent drum track first - stretch that out over the canvas so it's long enough for the song. Despite being a guitarist first a lot of my ideas are very bass-centric so I'll try to record bass first, unless it's an idea for which I don't have a baseline yet. Because I don't play bass very well I'll record it in parts, often on different tracks and then copy/paste parts around to make up the arrangement of the song.
Then I do a similar thing with the guitar parts, just for time and convenience, until I have a rough demo completed that I can play back and listen to. When I'm happy with how everything sits in the song I then start re-recording parts and try to do it all in one hit start to finish if I can.
Then I overdub the solos, incidental parts etc where required before lastly spending an inordinate amount of time on the drums. I've never recorded vocals......... because I can't sing!
Sometimes this works well, other times I find myself just getting wound up by it all, hence why I ask how everyone else does it. I'm not expecting a right or wrong answer, I'm just eager to learn from other people's experience. Also, if there's any functionality of the DAW that I'm not using that would be useful then please point it out if you think it might help the process flow a bit better.
Thanks in advance and apologies for the lengthy post