Hey Ott, You have to be in the top 3 of my favorite artists of all time.

My question is you mention further down that when you have "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"

Could you please go into detail on what you mean by bounce down to two stereo stems. Do you mean you convert them to audio and the audio has all percussion sounds in the stem?

Also by Perc Hi and Lo do you mean freq Hi and Lo?

And last one sorry :P
Can you elaborate on the six takes of six different drums? I do not fully understand what you mean by six takes and I assume six different drums you mean different kind of drums.

Thanks for even looking at these questions. I wish more artists would do this and sorry for the long question.

Ott responded on 03/03/2017

1. Yes - I export to audio [bounce down] the full percussion mix as two stereo audio files - one [Perc Hi] containing the tambourines, shakers, etc, and [Perc Lo] containing bongos, congas, djembe, etc.

2. Yes, I overdub loads of hand percussion - bongos, darbuka, guiro, vibraslap, claves, maracas, etc, and each gets its own track. I usually record whole arrangement takes [6 - 7 minutes] as a performance, while imagining I'm a session musician. Then I arrange the multiple percussion tracks using the channel mute buttons, switching the various elements in and out in a musically interesting way, while recording the result as a stereo audio file. It keeps things alive and evolving, instead of just looping and repeating.

3. Stop being sorry.

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