I have a number of takes (usually 5-8 are usable) of the whole band, all recorded to click that I would like to comp (merge together into one performance). It is no-brainer what to pick if some part is significantly better than in other takes. However, I have problems deciding when some take is slightly better musically, but it has worse timing, while the some other take is the other way around.
Normally, I would say that one should rely on their taste. The issue I have is this: lack of good synchronization might cause inferior choices, on the other hand timing correction affects how we perceive the performance, in particular different parts might require different corrections.
Ideally, I would have time to time-correct every take to match any other given take, but for 8 takes 4 parts each it creates over 200 different tracks to edit for one song (although in reality that would be more like 80-100).
My question is, what is the best approach:
- comp first and synchronize later,
- synchronize first (to one of the takes? to grid?) and then comp?
The music is something between jazz and funk, so even slightly bad timing would instantly kill the groove. Fortunately the musicians were good, so timing within-one-take is great. Unfortunately, I cannot use just one good take (each has some flaws), cannot re-record individual parts and neither can I invest time to do all the 200+ edits per song (lots of edits in those recordings would be rather hard to do seamlessly).
I suspect there is no easy answer here, but I would appreciate any suggestions.