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Chapter 11
Layers
Layering In The Edit

Now that you have tracked several performances, you have a lot of
material to work with. Slowly, look over the song and trim the fat. Flat
lines, sharp lines, rushed lines or dragged lines should be cut out.

Aligning a line gives the instrument more presence in the mix. Say
you recorded 3 takes with the vocalist. If you go line by line, you
should be able to align all 3 tracks, to the point that they sound like
one. Perhaps like a single track with a chorus effect, but make no
mistake, this is not a chorus effect. This can not be achieved with a
chorus effect. You can mix it up (don’t forget to pass the ball), but
the general rule is, more layers will equal greater presence in your
mix. This technique works for whatever instrument you choose to
apply it to. Take Dr Dre for example (I must admit, it was Aaron that
pointed this out to me). If you are a fan of Dr Dre, then you are
aware of his ability to make hip-hop beats. He is probably the best
hip-hop producer of our time. Dr Dre uses layered snare drums, to
give them greater presence in the mix. His layered snares have
become so recognizable, they are practically his signature.

Layering In The Arrangement

During the arrangement and mix, you should incorporate a different
type of layering. This has more to do with separation than
consolidation.