Making the Most of a Recording Session

Jacob Benjamin Fite
3 min readJan 30, 2023

It would be best to keep a few things in mind when recording an acoustic or electric guitar session to make the most of your time. The first is that you must be ready. It would help if you were as knowledgeable about your DAW, file formats, and what you expect from the session as feasible.

Preparation is one of the most crucial components of a recording session. Whether playing an instrumental piece, singing your heart out, or simply laying down the tracks, you need to be ready for whatever comes next.

You’ll want to ensure you have the proper tools for the job. You will, for example, require a high-quality recording microphone. If you play the bass, you’ll also need to ensure you have the proper strings.

The proper instruments might assist you in recording a great song. While practicing at home, you should focus on essentials such as tuning and time. A metronome can be handy.

Before you go into the studio, list all the instruments you’ll be using. If you play the drums, you must bring a backup kit. Depending on the studio, you’ll also need to know what microphones are accessible.

There are various methods for sharing tracks with other musicians. Some people use online storage services such as Dropbox or OneDrive. Others use available web tools or special applications such as Gobbler. You can select the best choice for your project and then work with a setting similar to the original file.

A stem file is an essential instrument for music cooperation. These are the files used to transfer sessions from one DAW to another. They can be exported at various bit rates and depths.

Another approach is to use MIDI. MIDI is a protocol that is used by a variety of software instruments. MIDI, on the other hand, is a notation format rather than an audio format. It may be used to trigger gates, phase-accurate drum samples, and MIDI mappings, making it helpful for mixing and mastering. The only disadvantage is that MIDI files are small. To play them back, you’ll need a software instrument.

When recording a session, you should keep and archive all of the files from the session, including the files for each track. This ensures you always have the most recent version of your recording when needed. It would help if you also ensured that your hard drive is clean and dependable. Keeping your hard disk clean and safe is critical so your session remains intact for future reference.

Pro Tools’ Save Session Copy function can be used to archive your session. You can also use the archive function on your computer’s command line. In general, it is best not to replace an existing archive file. If you try to overwrite the archive function, it will throw an ERROR. On the other hand, the archive function can be set to allow you to recover to a specific child timeline. In this situation, the recovery target timeline option would be set to the current timeline.

You should also perform regular backups of your drive to maintain your session as pristine as possible. At least once a month, back up your hard disk to CDs or DVDs. You should also test your hard disk regularly to check that it is still functional.

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Jacob Benjamin Fite

Ohio musician Jacob Benjamin Fite. Jacob Benjamin played guitar since he was 10 years old. Jacob plays guitar, keyboard, and drums.