After booking all of my sessions in the studio, I realised it was important to keep track of them in a formal way. This is why I have implemented the use of session sheets in my practice. I have done so in order to keep track of my studio dates and note any problems / issues during the recordings. This would stand me in good stead for when it comes to mixing as I have a detailed account of the session that will guide my editing and mixing process.
Finding a correct template was difficult but I managed to find the best sheet possible for demands. This included 24 tracks to keep note of what microphone and instrument was being recorded on each channel. This was prudent as there was the rare occasion where Daniel (my assistant engineer) or I would get caught up in the session and not name the tracks in Pro Tools. It also included spaces for any particular notes that would need taking in the studio, for example if a particular take was good or anything that would aid and save time when mixing.
As Senior states,
‘Small-studio mix engineers frequently overlook proper mix preparation, leading to a frustrating mixing experience and, in some cases, productions that are effectively unmixable. The only way to get on comparable footing with the professionals is to do your groundwork.’ (Senior, 2011, 87)
Here is an example of one of the templates I found.
I’ve printed off lots of spare copies at the library for my sessions so I should not lose track of all my hard work in the studio.
Senior (2011). Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio. London: Taylor and Francis.