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Chapter 11
Layers
Layers, layers, layers…

Q: What is the most useful production trick I can teach you?

A: Layers, and how to use them.

Q: What is the most useful trick for recording vocals?

A: Layers.

Q: What is the most useful trick for recording guitars?

A: Layers.

Q: How about horns or strings?

A: Guess what… …that’s right Layers!!!!!

Solid techniques in layering will do wonders for your recordings. By
the way, did I mention how important layers are? They are especially
important in digital recording. They can be used in several stages of
the recording process; in the arrangement, while tracking, while
editing, and during the mix. I will begin with tracking. The technique
of layering an arrangement shares a greater similarity to layering
the mix, so I will come back to it.