Visible Time Codes

Visible Time Code Always ask for working copies of the movie that you score that contain a visible time code in the video. So many things can go wrong regarding the sync of music and movie (e.g. wrong framerates, weird video codec glitches etc.) that you should not...

Score Bindings in Recording Sessions

Score Bindings in Recording Sessions When you’re preparing score sheet material for a recording session by yourself, avoid ring binding. Especially plastic ring bindings create a lot of noise which multiplies especially on string sections when 7 or 8 desks turn pages...

Demo Mock-Ups

Demo Mock-Ups The media world nowadays doesn’t work anymore without detailed mock-ups (aka sample produced demos) of cues. The times when composers just presented their ideas on the piano and the directors trusted them that it will sound great in the end are over. If...

Writing “For Samples”

Writing “For Samples” Even with all the advancement in sampling technology, you unfortunately still need to write “for samples” nowadays. This means that you need to keep the strengths and weaknesses of your samples in the back of your mind and...

Click Track Bleed

Click Track Bleed Click track bleed is one of the most annoying things that can happen in a scoring session, especially when it only gets discovered later in the mix. It results from the click on the headphones of the musicians spilling over to the microphones....

File Versioning

File versioning Keep track of your versions. Many professional programs (be it DAW, Notation etc.) by now offer to save versions of your project to be able to later revert to them. It is extremely helpful to actually write comments on these versions (about what is...