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    tracks, how many???

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    Hey, I wanted to know how many tracks everyone uses to record usually?? and whats the most amount of tracks you ever used? I wanted to know mainly because Im looking into buying a stand alone multitrack recorder workstation and I just wanted to know how many tracks I might need so I'd appreciate it. Also if you use or have used a multitrack recorder I'd appreciate some input on the one you used like how was it?, was the learning curve steep?, did it work well with your set up? and anything else you want to add

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    Depends on how many sounds you have in the song.

    Could be anywhere from 1 track and up.

    Average song with over dubs, layered sounds, could be 20 - 35 give or take.

    But like I said it all depends, my tracks I record here average about 19 or 20.

    Hope this helps.
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    FOR VOCALS?!?!

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    I average between 16-20
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    Kanye he asked "what is the most tracks anyone used"

    And 20 was not for vocals, it was for everything.

    Vocals usually eat up 4 to 8 tracks, depends on if I need to separate a lot of stuff.
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    I usually end up at about 28 to 32 tracks for r&b, and Im limited by Pro Tools LE. For rap tracks, I usually use about 20 to 25. I usually track everything on a different track though.
    I know some people record all the lead vocals on one track and so on, but I don't have a big mixing board so I usually can use compressing and automation to bounce without even touching the faders.
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    20+ for me

    The reason is that when I do punch-ins I just use a new tracks and keep some tracks free for little things here and there. I could do with 10-15 if I was less carefree. Computer recording has me spoiled. My hat goes off to older and more experienced engineers that had to deal with 4/8-tracks.

    This is with the music 2-track being on 1 channel. It would be 30+ easy if I had the music sequence on different channels in the same project.

    I can do with a max of 10 channels for tracking if needed though.

    2 for the music. 1 for vocals, 1 for doubles, 1 for ad libs, and 1 for people that like doing another set of ad libs. Same for the hook, which totals 4 as verse parts.

    I generally like keeping different people on different tracks to avoid normalizing to get vocals to the same level. That's another reason for so many tracks,

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    The reason is that when I do punch-ins I just use a new tracks and keep some tracks free for little things here and there.
    I use the same track for the punch-ins,
    Cubase has stacked recording so the previous take is under the newer one.

    After all the tracking is done, I edit all the takes and punch-ins accordingly.
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    I usually have around 30-35 recorded tracks, and maybe 5-10 virtual instrument tracks.

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    You should turn the VST tracks to audio if they are set in stone.

    Thats what I do.

    I make everything into audio, I feel better doing so.
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