I’ve been recording multitrack waves of dawless improvised jams (12 mono tracks, 2 stereo tracks for FX) in the hope to edit some of them into “proper” tracks (in a DAW)
Obviously, not all the jams are worth editing, and the vast majority of them need to be shortened, with bad parts edited out.
(I’m not referring to mastering or anything at this stage - this will come later - but just focus on content, i.e. what should stay, what should go, what parts should be combined together or dissociated, etc.)
I had definitely underestimated the amount of work it requires, even on jams I’m pretty satisfied with, and I’m faced with two diametrically opposed approaches:
a) Focusing on good parts, erasing the rest, and building upon these parts. However, it’s not so easy as it seems to just cut and paste things together. I often loose the spontaneity of the jam, which is important to me.
b) Focusing on removing the bad parts (out of tune, rhythmically out, etc.) and keeping the natural progression of the jam to the extent possible.
What’s your take on this?