I have been using Ardour for editing classical concert recordings (oratoria, chamber music, lied singing) mostly for documentation purposes. The actual data acquisition (2-track stereo) is always done outside of Ardour. In a second step I then import the recorded files and do my editing. Often I merge tracks from several concerts (consecutive nights) and pick the best pieces. However, I have now the option to go beyond simple 2-track recordings and will in the future add to the main set some (limited) additional tracks (for solo-instruments, singers, outriggers,…). The recordings will be imported as multitrack BWF files.
Now my question: Before I just ‘cut and pasted’ everything into one stereo audio track and then sent it to the master track. Now with some necessary mixing this work flow makes maybe not so much sense anymore. What would your advice be with regard to a suitable work flow achieving the following:
- edit the ‘pieces’ together, (cuts, crossfades)
- change overall levels to adjust for loud/silent spots)
- mix the tracks together to a two track stereo ‘master’. This includes adding and panning the outriggers, soloists, etc.
Help is greatly appreciated
best regards stefanm