Track Sheets - Do we still need them.
Subject: Recording Studio Organization
Message: Thanks for the info you have posted on your RBA.com site. I have a small home project studio, running Pro Tools LE. I was just wondering if you had any tips for organization when it comes to working through a recording project. I often find that I end up starting from different points/places when recording. Do you use tracking sheets? Do you try to get all your instruments done at one time, (multiple songs/projects)?
Just some basic organizational ideas. I'm not referring to putting up cords and placing all your stands in the corner closet, etc., but functional ideas of how to progress through a recording project.
I'll keep watching your site for more. Keep up the good work.
Hey there Darrin Chiarizzio
Thanks a lot for the question. Yes I do use track sheets, they are
very helpful at the studio. For every client / project I make a
folder to keep all paper work in one place. On the back to the track
sheet or on a separate page I draw all the microphone setups twice.
The first one is a side angle, and the other is a birds eye view. If
we ever have to go back to a recording we have all the exact mic
setups. I also keep cue sheets of all the gear used, this is a
picture of a preamp (for example) with all the settings marked on it.
Last but not least I name the tracks different then most people. If
there's a guy named "Rob" playing the guitar, I don't just name the
track "Rob." Who's recording, what microphone, and if I made a
drawing of the microphone there will be a reference to that. For
example if I was recording Rob with a Sm57, and with was the first
picture I made the track would be named. Rob 57 p1. The few things I
recommended work best if you have multiple projects you are working
on. I hope this all helped