‘comping’ tracks..feels like cheating
This one is for all the people who record themselves and others..
With all the software available thesedays it is easier than ever for music producers to assemble compiled tracks to present vocal / instrumental performances. It is common practice in the commercial music industry and for most music styles I have no problem with this. Somehow part of me doesn’t feel right doing it with this music, Most recorded music now is an illusion in that it all sounds like everyone’s playing together at the same time wheras infact the tracks were laid down at different times, comped etc.
Didn’t one of the beatles once say they had never made an honest recording, ever, that was interesting.
For my own amateurish efforts I would maybe comp to replace the odd bum note or someone accidently hitting the mic during what would otherwise be an inspired take, but I would aim to avoid heavily comping people’s performances. When it’s all finished the listener can’t tell it’s been done at all but there is part of me that knows it’s been stitched together. For this music, were the ability to play well off the cuff without fancy effects and editing, is paramount, it feels like somehow cheating.
What are peoples feelings towards this practise and are the resulting tracks somehow less genuine than those old 78s were someone just played into a mic, no comping or fancy editing?
Anyone with professional experience in recording trad like to comment ?
Just interested ,that’s all.