## The Bad

Even with all these cool things you can do, it's still held up by the fact that it's pretty boring to cut up your audio. Even with all the cool editing tools modern DAWs have to offer, it's still going to be the most boring aspect of the audio production process.

Except dealing with recording a drum track after drum track. That's actually pretty high up there in the “kill me now" phases of audio production.

Whenever you're in a recording situation, think of it as a cost-benefit analysis. If you're listening to a recording that's riddled with errors that are going to make you stay up late to fix, maybe it's better just re-record.

Re-record as many times as you can until it equals or exceeds the time needed to edit the same bad recording. Because it's also about saving time. If it takes less time to re-record, do it. If, god forbid, it takes less time to edit that same recording, just send the player back home and get on with the tediousness.

## The Ugly

Continuing on, the ugly thing about spending so much time on editing it that it hides the fact that some people just can't play. Before super efficient editing features in modern day DAWs, players had to play. They practiced their parts and got them right on tape. Because tape was expensive, and studio time was as well. Now musicians can do take after take without any consequences because we'll just “fix it in the mix” or we're not billing hourly so our time is worth less than the big shots of the past.

It's a simple trade-off really. There's greater access to technology that we can do awesome, creative editing with. But at the same time that technology hinders people putting in a 100% effort into their playing. Because we can edit it, autotune it, quantize it ad nauseum.

What do you think about that? Is audio editing good, bad or ugly?

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