Anderton Posted June 8, 2000 Share Posted June 8, 2000 I have a theory about "magic takes," those spontaneous moments where someone records something and it seems really cool. I invite your comments on the following... I think the whole idea of "magic takes" developed during the days of analog recording, when you didn't have undo buttons. Someone would do a scratch vocal, you'd record over it, and then because you couldn't compare the new version to the old, unless the new take was absolutely killer, the first take became romanticized as "The one that got away." Now we have digital, and unlimited backups. Lately I've been pretty scrupulous about keeping original versions, because of fear that newer versions might not be as spontaneous. You know what? The re-cut versions invariably end up better than the originals. This isn't to say that ALL re-cuts are better. Usually what happens when I start as session to re-cut a vocal is the first few attempts are okay, then I hit my stride and something really good happens, then I go too far and the take deteriorates. But if I go back to the same tune a week later, it's almost certain the same pattern will occur. This time, though, the good take will be better than the previous "good take." If I come back a month later, the good take will be even better...If I take the song out on the road and then re-cut, it will go up one more notch. So I think a lot of this "magic take" thing is a leftover from the days when we couldn't undo. What about you? If you archive your different versions, do the later ones end up better than the old ones? Craig Anderton Educational site: http://www.craiganderton.org Music: http://www.youtube.com/thecraiganderton Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/craig_anderton Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.