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Mixervixen 14th March 2003 06:55 PM

"I am a fanatic for session documentation"
 
In another thread, Slipperman comments:

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I am a fanatic for session documentation ...
I would like to be a fanatic about this, but I find that time and time again I start out with the best intentions, writing everything down, but the session soon takes on a life of its own, things are changed and I am busy doing the changing and there's no one else to make note of what's going on. I've tried to sit down and think it out, come up with some sort of format to follow to make sure I record all the correct details, but I must admit to total failure in follow-through.

So, what are some different styles of documentation? How brief or how detailed do you get? Do you use a form and if so, what kind of stuff is on it?

Fibes 14th March 2003 07:30 PM

I'm doing more stuff in a DAW where the documentation is internal to some degree. But I usually have a project notebook or binder that carries track lists, tracking notes, lyric sheets and other stuff in it.

I wish more notes i get would just say "unmixable material" on it.

Drumsound 15th March 2003 07:37 AM

I have track sheets that say "instrument," " sound description," and "signal path." That's about all I document. I'm working with small time folks and I don't have a true assistant. I do have an intern right now, and I may make him take more notes, but I doubt it.heh

Fletcher 15th March 2003 01:17 PM

Yeah... things change as you move along... but at the end of the day, they're probably fairly well set... so make a practice of documenting your various signal paths, settings, etc. at the end of the day or at the acceptance of a "take" and you should be fine.

dave-G 15th March 2003 01:17 PM

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Originally posted by Fibes
I wish more notes i get would just say "unmixable material" on it.
Orange juice just shot through my nose.... that's funny. (+painful)

It could also say "they'll think it was your fault".

-dave

dave-G 15th March 2003 01:26 PM

NARAS published their delivery recommendations, including a "Recording Map" form. Have a look at it: http://www.grammy.com/recommendations.pdf

I've become geeked up on taking digital photos of my outboard gear settings, with a visible index card or post-it in the pic that has the client, song, and date on it. I store those pics in their appropriate PT session folders and/or print them out and attach them to any other session documentation I might send-out.

-dave

Mixervixen 15th March 2003 06:41 PM

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I've become geeked up on taking digital photos of my outboard gear settings
I think this is a great idea .... I don't have a digital camera (yet!) but I have taken to snapping regular 35mm of, in particular, the drum set up. I was also thinking I'm gonna start using the "stickies" on my Mac in conjunction with the various documentation aspects of PT to slap a stickie on the screen with any extra details, then take a screen shot and keep that in the session folder.

Thankfully, my current "client" is really good at making his own notes, so together we are getting all the details. But normally, I am on my own so it has to be fast and easy.

Thanks for the NARAS link, I'll check it out.



p.s. just found out one of my songs (my band, my mix) is going to be played on a nationally syndicated radio show .... "hoo hum" I'm sure for most of you, but pretty exciting for this small time hobby mixer!

Steve Smith 15th March 2003 06:47 PM

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Originally posted by Mixervixen

p.s. just found out one of my songs (my band, my mix) is going to be played on a nationally syndicated radio show .... "hoo hum" I'm sure for most of you, but pretty exciting for this small time hobby mixer!

hey congrats, do we get to know what band/artist and what show?

jbchef 15th March 2003 09:22 PM

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Originally posted by dave-G
NARAS published their delivery recommendations, including a "Recording Map" form. Have a look at it: http://www.grammy.com/recommendations.pdf

I've become geeked up on taking digital photos of my outboard gear settings, with a visible index card or post-it in the pic that has the client, song, and date on it. I store those pics in their appropriate PT session folders and/or print them out and attach them to any other session documentation I might send-out.

-dave

Dave, Thanks for the link and the digital photo idea! It helps!

Moko

Jay Kahrs 18th March 2003 09:46 AM

My usual SOP is a track sheet with the format and related notes to that, instruments, client & band name, start and end time of the each song. Unless I really need to I do the same thing as Drumsound. If there's a pretty good chance that I'll need to recreate a vocal path for a later session I'll write down the preamp compressor settings on the back of the track sheet. I hardly ever do mix recall notes. But, when I do take them I usually grab a 58 and a DAT tape and read them off in real-time. When I recall that mix I put the DAT in and hit play and listen to whatever I said.

Fibes 18th March 2003 06:02 PM

I've also used a video camera so i could speak the notes and although the linear aspect of video tape can suck it at least lays down as the session progresses.


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