Any tips for recording section transitions?

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  1. Jack Harding

    Jack Harding New Member

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    Have a section which goes from LOUD heavy metal riffing to jazz. It totally works live, but the transition between sections feel too abrupt on the recordings. Any tips for recording these dynamic shifts?
     
  2. g.kayaalti

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    If it works live, you should be able to capture it easily. Recording the live version may clear up some issues about what you should do on recording (even with a phone recording would work) e.g.: if it needs a long fade out section for heavy guitars or edit for sudden change, you might consider it.

    I would record all the instruments for the heavy parts first, then start from drums for the jazz parts. Reverb is also essential but it depends on your preferences.

    Metallica's "To Live is To Die" is a great example for a song that contains "from heavy to acoustic" passages which are easy to get crazy on recording phase but hard to capture on live.
     
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    Is there a common tonality between the loud metal sections and the quiet jazz parts? Maybe a long-decaying reverb of whatever the chord/note the jazz part comes in on reversed and fading in under the metal bit for a bar or two before the change? Is there a gap between the heavy and soft parts, or is it just and abrupt click over from one to the other? Maybe just drop a 4-beat pause between them, leave the first two beats empty, and play a two-beat pickup line on guitar or bass before starting the jazz part. It kinda sounds like abrupt may be the dynamic there, though, so an abrupt change that works live may work on the recording.
     
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    prlgmnr ...that kind of idea

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    Is there anything that you can let hang over/tail off from one section to the next?
     
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    Drew Forum MVP

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    I'm thinking it probably doesn't work as well as you think live, and it's probably easier to hear that in the studio when you can really focus in on the hard cutover, lol.

    That said, generally when going from hard to soft sections, with guitars, you're probably NOT going to want to cut it live - do the loud heavy sections as one take, the quiet jazzy section as another, and then let them overlap naturally. Let the distorted guitars ring out, or end or start with a pick scrape, or something, treat them as finite performances like they're two seperate players, and it won't sound so jarring when you go and shut off your OD or change amp channels and switch to the soft section.
     
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    sometimes all an abrupt transition needs is a bit of silence to make it work.
     

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