Here is my desperate attempt to make Tyrannosaurus Mouse a 16-track band. It won't work. It won't work mostly because there are separate "overheads" from "room microphones" and the toms are on different tracks, as well as the hi-hat and the ride being on separate tracks. We could comp the toms to two tracks but that really only saves one track. We wouldn't bother comping the ride and the hi-hats together into stereo because they'll still take up two tracks so why do it?
We ARE going to comp the dang rhythm guitars and right now the bass takes up three tracks. Personally I like the three bass tracks just mixed all together straight up. But if I don't run that by the bass player he'll put out a contract hit on me. You'll notice that even with the comp tracks listed below we still need tracks for things like vocals and lead guitars and possibly solo keyboards or what-have-you. So we'll be doing nigh on 20 or up to 24 tracks. But 24 tracks is absolutely where I draw the line. No more. If we do that it'll take forever to mix and we just don't have the time.