From Producer/Engineer/Mixer Jordan Valeriote
We all want our recordings to sound tight and professional.
We want tight drums, perfectly played 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.
Is 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 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!
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 sometimes it feels like editing just sucks!
You feel like it takes 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 bad advice.
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:
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 have to spend hours with time stretching and tedious guitar edits again after you learn this technique.
RAW DRUM & VOCAL TRACKS
Download the raw, unedited drum tracks I used in each of the videos to follow along & practice in your DAW (also includes final 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.
BONUS VOCAL TUNING WALKTHROUGH
Go behind-the-scenes of the vocal editing & tuning done for the album "Binary Garden" by Auras
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This is one of the most common (and valid) questions I get about the Hardcore Editing course.
I'm a Pro Tools user, so that's what I use to demonstrate the techniques inside Hardcore Editing.
However, I want to stress that I don’t create courses about plugins or DAWs, and I'll never tell you that you need XYZ gear to succeed.
My goal is to teach you the principles behind the techniques… The “why” as well as the “how…”
So what you learn can be applied everywhere, regardless of your DAW, gear or genre.
But to make things even faster and easier, I've added additional drum editing lessons that show you exactly how to duplicate my process & workflow in other DAWs including Cubase, Logic, Studio One and Reaper.
Here's how actual course members answered a question about using other DAWs:
If this is the reassurance you needed, then go ahead and grab the course now.
But if you've still got questions...
Chances are you're not the only one. Let me take a stab at answering them here:
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.
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