AUDIO TIPS: Track Sheets

Audio Tip #14: TRACK SHEETS

After you create your final mix, you'll want to store your multi track master. If you ever had a problem and needed to correct a mistake, or wanted to remix your song you'll need a track sheet. Be sure to fill out a track sheet for every mixer channel you use on the mixer during the mix. Jot down notes on effects choices, levels, etc.

Add your own sheets with a word processor, giving the following types of info: The performer; song name; title of the master tape; counter position of the song on the master; all fader, EQ, pan and effect send / return info. Write down any other notes you may have on this sheet.

When you create your track sheet, be sure to include a box for each knob or fader on each channel on your mixer. Create another slightly larger box for your notes. Write down the value of each knob. You can now quickly get a rough mix restored in a short period of time.

To organize your track sheets, use a 3-hole punch and a loose-leaf notebook. Store your sheets in logical categories in your office. Keep the same title information (artist name, date, songs, etc) on both the tracking sheet and the tape/disc that you are using to record. Now, if you need to find a particular song, it's much easier than having to play a whole bunch of tapes to find the right one.

Know your locate points so you can instantly find the recorded song location for any line on the lyric sheet. Practice in your head your punch-in-punch-outs before you execute them, especially if they're tight. Keep your track sheet updated as you go, as it's easy to forget what went on at a session if you don't write it down.