I am in the process of finishing my 1st EP, and I am in a bit of a dilemma:
So far I have never done any editing on the guitar tracks in terms of going into the wave forms and splicing them and inserting silences.
So far all I would do is maybe cut off the end of a take to get an instant silence at the end or cut off some string noise at the end of a take.
I have to admit I do like the modern metal sound, and I assume in the genre a lot of editing is done on guitar takes?
While I do like that sound, I think for my own stuff I personally prefer a kind of old school thrash production sound (even if the music I play might be more modern rather than old school thrash).
Besides that, what I'm a bit worried about is this: if I do a lot of editing on rhythm guitar tracks, then I will be in trouble when having to perform live as I will not get it to sound as tight (even if I manage to play very accurately).
Also, apart from all of what I stated above, I would not even know how to go about editing the tracks....
What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you guys edit your rhythm guitar tracks (a lot)? If yes, how do you manage to achieve a similar tightness when playing live?
I'd appreciate your guys' opinions.
My understanding is that editing rhythm guitars is done 99% of the time anyways in small amounts. Snipping the tail end of a palm mute or note for manual gating, re-aligning left and right tracks etc. I'd say go for it.