The "7-P Rule": Pre-Production Planning Prevents Piss Poor Productions... When I get involved with a project, I go through a ritual of mental gymnastics prior to "setup". Having gone over the available hardware list, I have a pretty good idea of what hardware I'm going to try on each of the sounds that comprise each song. If I'm producing from the side of the desk, then I'll have gone over this information with the person engineering. Normally, I'll defer to their judgement, occasionally, I'll voice an opinion. Now, this is always subject to change without notice, and as the project progresses changes more often then not, usually by the 3rd or 4th overdub we get into "audibles" (football term for changing the play at the last second). Again, when I'm not in the center of the desk, it gets into "what do you think" territory...which we usually try first, but don't always end up keeping. At the onset, I usually have a pretty clear idea of the direction I want to take the project, how the setups are going to be done for basics, and initial conceptions on how I'm going to handle alot of it in 'mixing'. More often than not, these 'pre-conceptions' are gone with in the first week. I'm huge on taking notes, but not on making schedules. I'm also not big on committing to 'pre-conceptions', but into trial and experimentation "on venue"...though that experimentation is usually a abstraction of the original premeditated program. How do you approach a new project?