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Recording music and sound
Recording music and sound

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5 Recording log

Figure 19 Recording a live performance

A recording log is where you can make notes of many different aspects of your session, and can be absolutely essential when you return to a recording weeks, months, or even years in the future. Details about the session that seem obvious today will have been forgotten next year unless you write them down.

If you are planning on recording a live performance, you will have just one chance to get it right, and you may only end up with one single sound file. The necessity for creating a recording log might seem very low on your list of priorities; however, there are a number of good reasons to get into the habit of making recording logs for each and every session.

Recording logs are valuable whether the recording takes place on location or in the studio, and in this section the use of recording logs across a range of different situations will be discussed.