Recently, fellow Pro Tools Instructor Dan Faber and I had the pleasure of working with legendary music songwriter/ producer Mark Hudson (Aerosmith, Celine Dion, Ringo Starr, Ozzy, Cher) on a truly wonderful and challenging rock session at Studio Center Miami. Some may recall Mark’s #1 legendary Rock Hit, “Livin’ on the Edge,” released by Aerosmith; of course there are many more, but this is one of my personal favorites. Within a few days, we had over 26 guitar tracks and 20 background vocal tracks alone; we were soon at 116 tracks! As for Mark Hudson, working with a Beatle certainly gets you hooked on those background layers, which is quite the trend now in today’s music. Recording and mixing massive size sessions does require skill sets; one of which is to have a plan on how you will approach the workflow. The central element of this plan revolved around using the functionality of Pro Tools to maximize our workflow and meet our deadline. Furthermore, due to the thought that was put into the recording management, the mixing side of the session was far easier than if we were starting from scratch.