Track Sheets

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Cone Poker
Member Since: Apr 07, 2002

Any of you guys use track sheets? If so, what do you have on them, just like mics, preamp and compressor settings...

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www.rigsbysmith.com
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Since: Nov 13, 2004


Jan 06, 2007 05:03 am

I haven't used them since uni a few years ago when we were working to HD with an analogue desk and outboard. I used to use them with my eight-track too actually, though those were simpler as i had less kit and tended to print a lot of effects.

But yes, when i did, the most useful ones essentially looked like channel strips, EQ was marked on circles to show dial position (though that can be a little inaccurate so it's helpful to put a few settings around the circle so you have a few relative points to refer to), there were boxes for auxes and inserts so you could put your comp or verb settings in those. There was a space at the top for instrument name, mic used and anything else that seemed relevant. I guess the trick is to have enough space for all the info while keeping each strip small enough to fit a bunch on one page.

Hope that's some help. I did have a look to see if i still had any old ones lying around that i could scan in, but i couldn't find any.

What are you recording to that means you need track sheets?

Cone Poker
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Since: Apr 07, 2002


Jan 06, 2007 05:38 am

I'm going into cubase, but I was just thinking of a way of documenting what I did to get the sound. For example I'd have a sheet with like Sound Source, Amplifier, Settings on the Amp, Effects, Mic, Mic placement, Preamp, Compressor, Compressor settings, Mixer, EQ settings etc for every track in every song I work on. That way, if I ever want to be like "oh yeah, well I really liked the guitar sound in *song name*, and I think it would work on this song. lets dial that up." all I would have to do is pull out the track sheet and I would know the exact setup for that sound.

Czar of Midi
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Since: Apr 04, 2002


Jan 06, 2007 04:24 pm

Loki, dB has an affiliate called Virtual Studio systems. www.virtualstudiosystems.com/

I use the Track Notes software and love it. And that reminds me of one more bit of software to install on the studio box since the rebuild.

Anyway, it can be set up to work how you work. It also can show pictures of how you set certain things up, like miccing a drum kit or amp cabinet.

But ya, in the past I have used notebooks and custom made spread sheets for track notes. I still have a huge box full of notebooks with tons of info from those days.

Cone Poker
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Since: Apr 07, 2002


Jan 06, 2007 04:31 pm

that is definatly going to be on my "to buy soon" list.

www.rigsbysmith.com
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Since: Nov 13, 2004


Jan 07, 2007 05:20 am

It's a good idea Loki, if only i had the patience to do that.

Czar of Midi
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Since: Apr 04, 2002


Jan 07, 2007 03:50 pm

Rigsby, I used to think that. But then when I needed to remember a certain setting or how a track was done and couldn't. That was even more trying on my patience. So keeping notebooks full of the stuff paid of in the end for me.

But ya, it is time consuming and can get in the way sometimes.

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
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Since: May 10, 2002


Jan 08, 2007 01:11 am

I started out making a dbase system in Access with all kinds of forms interelated to track all of the stuff I was doing. It worked pretty well. Then I got the my last pute and with it came Microslop notes. Simplest little prog on the planet. Open pages where you can put in 'stickey note' kinda notes. All broken down from project to folders in project to pages in folders. All open free form. I love the stupid thing. Simply keep notes as I see pertenant as I go along. I can paste little piggers in it if I have a special mic set-up I'm trying or what ever. All free form.

Hold 'Em Czar
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Since: Dec 30, 2004


Jan 12, 2007 10:44 pm

at work, we always used track sheets, the owner made me....it sucked to get in the habbit, seemed like extra work, but after awhile it became just that, a habbit.....all i really used 'em for is to keep track of what track was on what channel....when you get infront of a 24x8x2 board, it's very easy to get confused as to what track is on what fader....as for setting notes and what not, i only wrote 'em down when we had to stop the session and needed to come back the next day.

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