Friday, March 25, 2011

Recording Tip 14: Make sure every track is properly and logically labeled. No “Audio 1” garbage

I know it’s easy to jump right in and forget to do this, but I highly recommend labeling every track before recording. Of course you can do it later, but the reason for doing it first is then the regions will be labeled properly. This can really save your neck if you have some sort of disaster and either accidently drag a file to a wrong track or delete it from the edit window. If it’s labeled properly you can still pull it from the region bin back to its proper track. Once there, hit “Spot” and it’ll return to its place in the track

Also when you share a session with another player or it's mix time, then that will help as the track is seen in the regions as well as the track. That makes life much easier for your mixer as they get familiar with your song.

One last thing, try to title the track something that makes sense to an outsider. Labels such as “Gtr 1” “Gtr 2,” etc are better than nothing, but I’d recommend something descriptive like “Main Gtr” “Rhy Gtr” “Gtr FX.” These titles make a lot more sense.


  1. A good sound track can make or break your recording. The quality of your audio is often the make-or-break aspect of your recording. Unfortunately, audio is often the least understood part of a recording project, and critical audio mistakes can sink your recording.
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  2. Exactly right Craig. Rather sad eh? Well hopefully I can help out here!