We consider three different approaches to running a tracking session and comping takes in Reason.
In our March 2021 workshop, we explored how to approach a traditional multitrack recording project in Reason, looking at how to capture a basic set of mics and inputs and set up the mixer for cue monitoring. We got as far as recording, and I promised to return to look at ways to manage multiple takes. So this time we’ll consider three different approaches to running a tracking session and comping takes, along with some Reason features designed for these tasks.
Some people like to simply ‘leave the tape rolling’ and record multiple takes of the whole band successively down the timeline (Screen 1). The advantage to this approach is that it requires minimal intervention during the session, so is particularly useful if you are playing on the track as well as engineering. It’s also very clear to see and access what you’ve done, as it doesn’t involve duplicate tracks or hidden take lanes.
If your plan is to pick a favourite full take at the end of session then this simple workflow has a lot going for it. However, if you’re likely to want to mix and match (comp) the best bits from different takes you need to bear a couple of things in mind. First, you’ll want to be working to a click so that everything at least starts on the bar, and stays more or less lined up....