In a world of complex arrangements and the need for CPU power coming with each new advent in technology, CPU is more and more in demand. Ever since I got Pro Tools 8, my computer changed a bit. It doesn’t run as fast it used to and I have found myself going back to some of the techniques I used to use when I worked off an LE system many years ago. When editing vocals I will often have 6-8 tracks with elastic audio enabled. If that weren’t enough I have Melodyne and Auto-Tune open to correct what I have to in the best sounding way possible. Personally, I like to do my editing, tuning and some automation as I go. It leaves less thinking in the mix and allows me to feel the mix more. If I have a bunch of other tracks going with plug-ins on it, this means I am bound for tons of CPU errors and may have to sacrifice some editing options. My Dual 2.0 G5 ain’t what it used to be. To be able to work optimally I make a instrumental mix. I then make all the instrumental tracks inactive. If for some reason I need to get something louder I make the track active again and blend it in. This simple 5 minute step enables me to take advantage of the powerful editing facilities Pro Tools allows today. This can also be helpful for anyone with track limitations or CPU limitations. Making bounced sessions can enhance your creativity greatly and allow you to access all the amazing tools we have open to us today. This can apply to any DAW and can be used for many different reasons, but it is amazing how much we get hung up on having every track available these days.