[Ardour-Users] Workflow for capturing improv
grib at billgribble.com
Fri Mar 7 16:14:45 PST 2014
I have been musicking with a small Eurorack modular synthesizer lately. Super fun. Also as a side note the Euro manufacturers are a really interesting bunch and there's a very cool spirit of independence and creativity that is very reminiscent of the Linux/FLOSS world.
What I'm doing is really unstructured and I'd like to keep it that way -- I don't really start with a concept of a song, or what I'm doing at each step, just patching away and hoping something cool comes up.
I have yet to really put together any recorded pieces from this process and I'm trying to figure out how to use Ardour most effectively. I'd like to basically just record a bunch of raw material, then edit it all down to a song. This doesn't sound that crazy, but I'm having a hard time breaking out of my recording-a-band mentality to figure out how to set up the session.
So let's say, simplest case, I'm doing everything with my one instrument, all audio (no midi at all). I decide my song is going to be 8 sections of 30 seconds or so each, where each section will have different sounds and musical themes. Each section will probably be edited down to a dozen or so source tracks of audio to mix, but I don't really know what before I start. Each track will itself be comped and edited down from assorted raw pieces.
So how would you guys set up (1) the recording of the improvised raw material (layers/takes on one track? Create a new track for each time I hit record?) (2) the overall management of the raw material so as not to get mired in an unindexed mess where I can't find anything?
Any particular features of A3 (which this is my first nontrivial project with) that suggest certain ways of working?
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