Most of the time, I always say that it's usually best if an artist or band doesn't write and arrange while using precious studio hours. Unless of course, it's 1972-73, you're at Abbey Road, and you also happen to be Pink Floyd, recording what will eventually become one of the greatest selling albums, and one of the most artistic projects of all time ... Dark Side Of The Moon. The Making of Dark Side Of The Moon This is a great documentary, interviews with Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Rick Wright (R.I.P.), Nick Mason, and Alan Parsons, who engineered and co-produced the album with the band. Recording techniques are discussed, as well as how they used a lot of experimentation, in sounds, in engineering, and even the use of early sequencers (monophonic). I highly recommend it to all engineers, both veterans and rookies alike, but especially to those newer engineers who were brought up learning the craft in the digital age, and who may be interested to find out how albums were recorded and mixed before computers and Pro Tools. At one point in the documentary (16:40 0r so), Gilmour, Parsons and Wright all talk about how complex a mix could be with a limited number of tracks and console inputs available: "Back in those days, before automation, we would have maybe 4 or 5 different pairs of hands on the console at one time, each person doing something in particular. It was like a performance; we played the console like we would play an instrument. It was every bit as much of a performance as any gig was..." Enjoy. -d/ .