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Track Sheets

Not applicable to fully computerised studios!
Multi-track recorders with exchangeable/virtual tracks are fine, but... do your track sheets end up in a mess when you exchange/move tracks?

A traditional hand-written track sheet is a grid of pre-numbered cells, one per track, into which you write a description of the track's contents. If you move, exchange or bounce tracks around, then you need to keep the sheet in sync either by crossing out the track contents and re-writing them in the correct cell (gets messy), or by copying everything to a fresh sheet (time consuming).

A simpler option is just to move the track numbers instead of the contents, and these example templates show a neat way of doing this:-

Download/view example 24-track sheet:
Word format   PDF format

Download/view example 56-track sheet:
Word format   PDF format

The track numbers live in their own set of sub-squares associated with each track cell. The first sub-squares are pre-filled with sequential track numbers as before, but now when tracks get moved, just cross out the old number and write the new number in the next sub-square.

Obviously, if you run out of sub-squares it's time for a new sheet, so design yours with enough to handle the changes you're likely to do. You might also prefer them down one side of each track cell instead of along the top.

The examples also show how even relatively small digital recorders (8 and 24 tracks respectively) need much bigger track sheets to handle all the virtual tracks.