From Producer/Engineer/Mixer Jordan Valeriote
"Learn How to Get Tight, Pro Quality Tracks That Still Sound Natural While Cutting Your Editing Time in Half."
We all want our recordings to sound tight and professional.
We want tight drums, perfectly in-sync guitars and flawless vocals.
There are a lot of so-called experts out there who preach about their “natural recordings” or even worse, a "fix-it-in-the-mix" mentality.
But there’s a missing step that no one seems to want to reveal.
It’s fun to talk about expensive mics and fancy plugins… but we all know there’s more to it than that.
Why don’t engineers want to talk about how they had to fix every hit on the drum take?
How they had to edit together 10 separate sections of notes into a finished guitar riff?
Or admit that a record wouldn’t even be listenable without Auto-Tune on the vocal?
Well, I’m not afraid to say it. Editing is a crucial part of modern music production.
You can skip it if you want to make sure no one works with you and your music never gets past your own four walls…. but if you want to go anywhere with engineering, and if you want your recordings to compete, you need to be able to edit.
I’ve fixed drummers that can barely play to a click… I’ve created top-notch guitar tracks when the guitarist couldn’t even play what they wrote… and I’ve made singers that have no business in front of a microphone sound like rockstars.
Was that my passion? No.
Would I rather not have to edit? Of course!
But here's the thing... I also wanted clients.
I wanted to make the best possible recordings I possibly could. And I was passionate about building a career in the studio.
So I’m not going to hide it like a dirty little secret. I’m willing to pull back the curtain and show you exactly how I edit tracks for pro record quality - even if the band can't play their own stuff!
You already know that editing is an essential part of modern music production.
If you want to compete with other engineers and with other records, you need to have your drums locked to the grid, guitars super tight, and vocals perfectly in-tune and in time.
But editing just sucks.
You feel like it takes you too long to edit your tracks and the sheer boredom and tediousness is enough to drive anyone insane.
And despite spending forever on your edits, you still hear too many artifacts.
Phasing, smearing, clicks and pops, glitchy vocals and cymbals… even if you manage to take care of all that, it can start to sound too perfect - and fake!
Where’s the balance? How can you edit faster with less artifacts and get a super-tight - yet musical and natural - result?
How do the pros do it?
As I talked to more and more new engineers, I realized that they were being fed a bunch of misinformation.
People are spending hours upon hours editing things by hand when they have the tools at their fingertips to cut the time in half - all because some guy on a message board said it was the right way to do it!
Engineers today need the same opportunity that the older generation got: the opportunity to learn by watching an actual pro engineer edit the right way.
You need to see how to use the tools properly to edit faster - and know which tools are right for each specific editing task in the project.
It’s not all about cutting and snapping every single track to the grid. In fact, your musical taste, feel and judgement as a producer / engineer play a huge role in editing with professional results.
It’s hard to learn that on your own by pure trial-and-error, and bedroom studio warriors aren’t going to be able to explain it to you.
It's simple: To learn how to edit like a real pro, you need to watch a real pro edit.
Imagine if you could edit a complex drum track from start to finish in only 30 minutes or less?
How about guitars that sound insanely tight without spending days on editing or making it sound like a robot played the part?
Or what if you knew exactly how (and how much) to tune vocals and align layer upon layer of backups without any obvious artifacts?
If you gain confidence in your editing skills, you’ll be able to elevate your projects to a new professional level without suffering through days or weeks of tedious editing.
No more sketchy edits, wasted time or second guessing.
Good news: I've created a training course that will help you master the art of editing like a pro.
See exactly how the pros edit for quantized drums that feel great, tight guitars that don’t sound robotic, and transparently tuned vocals - without taking forever to do it.
The HARDCORE EDITING course covers everything you need to know to become an expert editor:
Three in-depth drum editing videos showing you exactly how to edit drums for three different songs, ranging from simple to complex.
- Learn how to combine Beat Detective with manual editing to get the perfect balance of speed and detail
- Get the ideal drum editing workflow to follow on every song you edit
- Learn how to decide what the best editing approach is depending on genre, drummer and song
- See how to easily hear and avoid amateur sounding artifacts
- Solve any problem, from sketchy flammed hits to overheads that are out of sync with the drums
- Drum editing cheatsheets and quick-reference guides to keep you on the right track and guide your editing process until you get it down cold
- Beat Detective cheatsheet for the most efficient & accurate go-to settings
GUITAR & BASS
- Why you should NOT quantize guitars the same way you edit drums. Instead, learn how the pros actually get that insanely tight guitar sound.
- Find out what tools to stay away from when editing bass and guitars
- The proper technique for combining takes and fixing timing
- How to cut, fade and crossfade guitar tracks transparently for super-tight guitars that don’t sound like a robot
- How to avoid the narrow, un-natural guitar sound that happens as a result of over-editing
- Cheatsheets & quick reference guides included
- What should you fix first - timing or tuning? Learn the proper workflow for editing singing and screaming vocals
- In-depth demonstration of Autotune showing you the ideal settings and how to use graphical mode to tune vocals for a professional, natural sounding result
- How to approach harmonies and doubles to fix tuning and timing painlessly
- Where and where NOT to use time stretching for vocals
- Aligning scream doubles and layers quickly
- How to find the sweet spot to avoid over-editing vocal tracks and keep layers sounding big and wide
- Vocal cheatsheets & quick reference guides
PLUS, you'll also get these epic bonuses for free:
How to Track Guitars in Small Sections & Edit On-the-Fly
This lesson alone will change the quality of your recordings forever!
See how I break down a riff into small pieces to track it perfectly and put it together with a natural result... you'll never edit guitars again after you learn this technique.
RAW DRUM TRACKS
Download the raw, unedited drum tracks I used in each of the videos to follow along & practice in your DAW (also includes final drums & stems for reference)
VOCAL PRACTICE TRACKS
Raw singing tracks to practice tuning & editing melodic vocals.
Also includes finished stems for reference.
BONUS LESSON + Q&A HANGOUT:
Editing drums without click track
You get the replay of a live training session I ran, showing how to edit drums that were not recorded to a click track. This session also includes live Q&A.
Tuning vocals with Melodyne
While the Hardcore Editing course utilizes AutoTune for vocal editing, I've also provided a bonus lesson on how to translate the same techniques and principles to Melodyne.
Join HARDCORE EDITING Now for Only $277 $197
Or Pay $75/month for 3 months
30-DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
If this course doesn’t improve your editing skills or speed up your editing process, you deserve to get your money back.
This course shows you all the editing processes that I’ve refined over 10 years and on countless tracks of all types. You won’t find anything else out there that will teach you better techniques than what you’ll find here.
There's only one condition: you have to actually go through the course material. I'm not interested in serving you with my products if you won't take yourself seriously.
That said, if you don’t learn anything new and this course doesn’t make you a better, faster, more confident editor, simply email me within 30 days for a full refund.
I've been following these courses since May of last year and I just wanted to give a huge thanks to Jordan Valeriote for consistently putting out such quality content.
I'm just finishing up the editing course and just the video about tracking guitar in sections was a game changer for me. I never realized how important the editing stage was.
If you haven't bought the editing course, I would absolutely recommend it.
This course is amazing! After taking this course I know I could walk into any situation and be able to edit it quickly and attain professional results. Jordan explains his process and techniques at a perfect pace and really gets the concepts across.
This course allowed me to streamline my editing tasks and save both time and money that can be put back into the fun side of engineering. There are examples for any kind of situation you may come across while editing tracks. After this course there will be no situation that you won’t have the skill set and know-how to edit on a professional level. I cannot recommend this enough and your clients will thank you in the end.
Your Editing Course has help me so much in understanding Beat Detective and other features in Pro Tools that I never knew I had. It has given me so much more confidence in editing and helped me realize what I need to be recording at the tracking stage. This has saved me hours upon hours a week to now just a couple of nights editing, and then I can get on with the fun stuff, mixing and enjoying the song.
'I've been listening to Jordan for quite some time now. Jordan highlights techniques over technology, which not many engineers do. And it's helped me to break through my barriers, making me more of a 'free spirit', rather than following rules. The last project I did is a testament to what I'm saying, as it's probably the best mix I've ever done.
I honestly loved the editing course. It really nailed down a lot of techniques I was using. And definitely shaved a ton of time off editing, saving me much more time for mixing.
^^ Snapchat from Hardcore Editing student Chris A.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (AND ANSWERS):
What DAW are you using in the Hardcore Editing lessons?
I use Pro Tools, so that’s what I’m going to be showing you here. Some of the tools, like Beat Detective and Elastic Audio, are specific to Pro Tools.
However, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to apply these ideas to other DAWs. Each DAW has its own set of tools, but most of them are the essentially the same.
If you use Pro Tools, you’ll be able to directly apply each lesson and use the exact same tools, key commands, etc.
If you use another DAW, you have to put in a tiny bit of extra effort to translate these lessons to suit your platform.
What’s most important is the mindset and decisions behind the edits. These are the same across all platforms. I’m confident that even if you don’t use Pro Tools, soaking up the explanations and decision-making in these lessons and then applying them to your specific DAW will give you the same results and improve your editing skills.
I'll be shocked if you find it too difficult to translate these lessons to another DAW - but if you do, you're covered by the 30-day money back guarantee.
What editing plugins do I need in order to benefit from this course?
Aside from the editing tools included in Pro Tools (and most DAWs), the only other plugins I demonstrate in this course are Autotune and Vocalign.
As an added bonus, I have included a video on how to tune vocals in Melodyne with the same principles and techniques.
If you don't own Vocalign, no problem. The course shows you how to align vocals using time stretching instead.
Is this course good for any genre?
Yes - this course deals with editing live drums, guitars and vocals.
The drum editing lessons start with a simple rock track and end with a technical metal song with lots of double kick.
The vocal section includes videos showing you how to work with melodic (singing) and screaming vocals.
You'll be equipped to edit any genre after going through Hardcore Editing.
Can I download the videos to watch later?
Yes, all the videos are downloadable and can be viewed on any device at any time.
You'll also have lifetime access to the members area, where you can login and review the course material at any time.
What format are the practice tracks in?
The practice tracks come in WAV format, plus a MIDI tempo track so you can import them into any DAW and be up and running within minutes.
Look, I know that editing is probably never going to be your favorite part of making a record.
But I also know that there's a good chance it could be a lot less painful for you than it is now.
What if you're compromising the quality of your tracks without even knowing it by using the wrong tools... and wasting countless hours for no reason?
Are you happy to keep "winging it" on your own?
Or would you rather skip the trial-and-error and learn directly from someone who has spent a decade and thousands of hours editing tracks from complete amateurs all the way up to signed big-label bands?
You could spend 2 years and tens of thousands of dollars on audio school diploma and never learn what I'm sharing inside this course.
If you want to be taken seriously as an engineer, I'm ready to help you take that next step.
Join HARDCORE EDITING Now for Only $277 $197
Or Pay $75/month for 3 months