Hey Ottman, I saw that you answered a question a while back regarding how many tracks you use when you mix down everything, you said you use between 20-25...

So my question is, how do you normally group these tracks, if they're only in the range of 20ish tracks you certainly must be bouncing several different sounds to just one track?

I'm asking this because I'm always making a mess with a hundred tracks or so and almost always give up somewhere along that process, so something like this could help me out a lot I believe!

Thank you, and keep on keeping on!

Ott responded on 01/18/2017

It's a key part of my process.

I may have 12 tracks of percussion: tambourine, shaker, congas, bongos, djembe, darbuka, triangle, etc.

At some point i decide the percussion is all sitting together really nicely so I might bounce down to two stereo stems: Percussion Hi and Percussion Lo. From then on, I treat each stem as one instrument, even though it may be six takes of six different drums.

I may have five or six tracks of hi-hats doing different things, coming in and out at different times. These will eventually end up as a stereo track called 'Hats'.

I'm continually going through the track looking for related sounds to group together and bounce.

Immediately after bouncing I save the project as "Song X Percussion Lo bounce" just in case I later decide that maybe the djembe is too quiet and I need to recall it, adjust and re-export. .

Learning to reduce complexity in this way was a breakthrough for me.

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