This post introduces the part of the blog that will be of most interest to people I hope, as it includes information on how I actually went about editing each track for the compilation, and runs as a compliment to the studio mix discussion earlier.
TRACK EDITING PREPARATION
As mentioned in other areas of the blog, I had set myself various guidelines in terms of the editing, in particular making sure the arrangements were tight, and I was respectful to the original tracks duration.
The method mixing reared it’s nostalgic head again during the editing process, as touching upon the CD importing post earlier, the only music I listened to during the entire 6 months of producing the album was the CD singles of all the tracks on the compilation, the third party compilations used as inspiration, and anything pre 1999.
This rule did drive me slightly insane at times, but I truly believe that it helped me get into the true spirit of what I was doing, and each time I came to edit one of the tracks I sat and listened to the entire CD single of the track, absorbing the remixes and listening out and trying to capture the essence of the track in my mind before I got heavy handed with the splicing.
COMPILATION TRACK RUNDOWN
For each track that follows I have included a screenshot of the arrangement in Ableton, so you can see exactly where the edit points are, and I’ve also included pictures of the CD or 12″ release that correspond to the actual physical version I sourced for the track (which also match up with the label info in the original Euphoria album sleeve).
Note: some of the track arrangement pictures have white lines in the waveforms, this is nothing to do with the audio, it’s just the zoom level in Ableton and the graphic rendering.
Finally, I have included audio samples of just over a minute of each of the track mix points so you can hear exactly what I’m talking about when I’m discussing the transitions. The samples fade in so make sure to have your volume set low.