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Track Sheets

Discussion in 'Recording' started by hargerst, Mar 2, 2001.

  1. hargerst

    hargerst Active Member

    Need a good track sheet? Here's one I did for our studio. You can probably download it and put your logo in place of the ITR logo if you find it useful.

    Track Sheet .pdf file

    It's in pdf format and hopefully, this link is gonna work. . :D :D :D :D

    The sheet is pretty self explanatory, with room for 3 songs, group members' names, notes, start and end times, and anything else you might wanna have on a track sheet. Hopefully it will be of some use to some of you.
  2. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Wow am I old...I still prefer boxes where you can make notes and draw little pictures. Also, the 3 songs on one sheet thing is a drag for the way I work.

    I *never* label the deck returns on a console, that way I'm forced to memorize where everything is coming up. I work from the track sheet exclusively, only labeling "split patches", "cross patches" and "effect returns".

    I'd end up having to fold the sheet in thirds and have it look like a 'take away' menu from a Chinese Restaurant by the time I got done with it.

    On a positive note...I loved the "V-C-V-C" time notations spots on the bottom...that was cool. Though since my kid got into the 'Beatles One' CD...I'm remembering that damn near every Beatles "Hit" started with a chorus and not a verse...
  3. hargerst

    hargerst Active Member

    The VCVCVC thing is cool when you're doing a whole bunch of songs for a band, and they need to do a punch after the second chorus. Since we charge by the song, instead of by the hour, we wind up doing 3 to 16 songs per band and we typically juggle about 3 to 5 bands a week. That would be a lotta track sheets to keep track of, so 3 songs per page works best for us. Getum in, getum out!!!
  4. Mixerman

    Mixerman Active Member

    Boxes, I vote for boxes. And one song per track sheet.

    But I can understand why you like that better. It's just that I like boxes, that's all.

  5. hargerst

    hargerst Active Member

    Originally posted by Mixerman:
    Boxes, I vote for boxes. And one song per track sheet.

    But I can understand why you like that better. It's just that I like boxes, that's all.
    My problem is that I could never stay inside the lines when coloring, so I've always hated boxes.
  6. bluebass

    bluebass Guest

    Hi everybody!

    This is my first post here and I love the forum! :)

    I'm kinda' partial to boxes. For me it's a visual thing, I just like to see it that way I guess.

    The sheets I use for my place have one song with boxes on the front and lines for Artist, Title, Start & End Times. On the back I use a list like format for cue's (C's & V's) and any other gear or tracking info that wouldn't fit in the boxes on the front. Again... it's just the way I like to see it.

    Thanks to all the Moderators & Members for the time and experience they share to make this place happen! :D

    Tim L
  7. k.w.blackwell

    k.w.blackwell Member

    Just curious: what do you use to document
    matters of arrangement? Especially any
    arrangement decisions made during a rough
    mix or during pre-production planning;
    track sheets don't seem to be a very
    good vehicle for this sort of information.
    Or do you just not bother to write that
    stuff down? Since I haven't really done
    this before, the closest I'm come is doing
    a bit of "production analysis" where I
    listen to a commercially recorded song and
    write down everything I hear happening; in
    that case, I use columns for each sound
    (instrument or instrument group) and write
    notes along rows (song sections) where things
    change (at least where things start and
    stop, plus any aspect of it that might
    change). This seems like a good visual
    representation to use. I imagine that once
    you've done this stuff for a few decades,
    you probably don't need to bother to write
    it down.
  8. bluebass

    bluebass Guest

    Originally posted by Keith W Blackwell:
    Just curious: what do you use to document
    matters of arrangement?

    I like to chart the song out on a seperate sheet of paper like a graph.

    Across the top I write the form out, Intro, Verse, Chorus, Breakdown, whatever. Down the side I right out the instrumentation. Then I just draw a line from where the instrument or vocal part starts to where it stops.I like to add the start & end tape times next to these also.

    This gives me a basic visual of how the song is laid out.

    I keep track of mix suggestions on a seperate sheet and keep everything, track sheet, song graph, etc. in a notebook or a folder. If the project is on a reel, all that stuff goes in the tape box.

    What's everybody else doin'

    Tim L
  9. Earl Musick

    Earl Musick Guest

    I've kept track sheets, with large boxes for years, until a couple of years ago we tried using a templet on the computer. The computer is right beside the console, It's a large splite screen, one side has room for what's on the tract and the other side has general information. It's all saved and when we need a file just click. It's very simple to use and I don't have to keep up with the tract sheet's, we back up are hard drive every couple of weeks so as not to lose anything. Is anyone else doing this? I haven't run into any problems yet, But it is on a computer so it's just a matter of time.

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