It is obvious that certain practices in each and every profession will construct a way to success. According to the sound engineering segment, there are some good practices that make an audio student’s life easy and he/she will become an industry expert eventually.
- Time is very important for everyone and everything.
- Giving attention to do his/her job role and responsibilities on time will make a big positive impact. An audio student or a media person should be punctual always.
- How he/she is giving importance to his/her own time, in the way they need to consider the time of others who are working with them.
Pre and Post Miking Listening
An audio student is aware of ‘Pre fader listening and post-fader listening’. But here I would like to mention one important thing that is listening to a sound before the miking and after the miking. In this practice, a student gets the perfect idea about the characteristics of that particular sound and would be able to figure out the best use of preamps and other outboard gears. The best way to learn these things is to join a good college. You should visit the website of some top-notch institutes and look for the admission process.
Keeping a short and perfect pre-roll and a considerable post-roll
It is sure, a long and unwanted pre-roll gonna kill the mood of a performing artist during the recording time. The best practice to accelerate the mood of a performing artist is to give him/her a short and perfect cue and a pre-roll during a recording session.
For example, if your project ruler has a setup with bars and beats, and the time signature is 4/4, it is better to provide a pre-roll 1 to 2 bars if it is a music project.
And the post-roll can be decided as per the lyrical continuation.
Perfect Punch-in and Punch-out
In this digital era, there are a lot of possibilities to edit or modify the recorded clips.
But just think, an artist is in the vocal booth/live room and he is performing. And you are in the position of a recording engineer. Every time after a punch-in punch-out process you are spending 1 to 2 minutes to trim/edit the clip. In this way, are you encouraging his mood or frustration? The best practice to overcome this situation is, try to do the punch-in and punch-out perfectly like how we work with a standalone multi-track recorder.
Another time-taken process that I have noticed over the new-generation beginner engineers is that they used to do the punch-in on a parallel track(later they have to spend a lot of time to arrange all those recorded clips).
Yes, the other important factor is session management. Multi-track projects are very common in this era. It is very important to manage your project sessions by naming the tracks appropriately and using colour codes on sound clips as per different kinds of sound. Using colour codes on audio clips could be a customized one exclusively for you forever and that can be a good practice.
Being a proficient audio professional, one is required to implement the above-mentioned things in real life. This can be learned at a professional audio institute by pursuing a bachelors in sound engineering where your skills will improve and get a lot of opportunities as well.