Industry Protocol

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Studio Practice

A studio is used by many people, paying money for its’ use on an hourly basis. When a new user/customer (engineer, performer) walks through the studio door, they need to be able to commence their session fresh.
It is considered professional practice therefore that each user ensures that the Studio is left in a tidy, ordered starting state.
In the control room:
  • The console has been fully neutralised, ready for the next user, PRIOR to anything being disconnected or powered down
  • The control room equipment has been powered down in the correct order
  • If there are any chairs/stools, they are stacked on one side of the room against the wall
In the live room:
  • All of the equipment has been disconnected AFTER the console has been neutralised
  • The stage/junction box is in the corner with the cable coiled up
  • The headphone splitter box is in the corner with the cable coiled up
  • The microphone stands are at one end, folded down, with the screw thread pointing downwards
  • If there are any chairs/stools, they are stacked on one side of the room against the wall
Return to the Equipment Office:
  • Any gear that you have borrowed – rolled, folded, boxed as you were given
  • Report any malfunctions or damaged equipment to the Studio Supervisor in charge
It is considered professional practice therefore that each user ensures that the Studio is left in a tidy, ordered starting state, just as they found it. By practicing this, you will assist in maintaining a peaceful and tranquil working environment around the studios, facilitating more effective and efficient sessions. I am sure you will find the artist will be more relaxed, perform better, and be much happier with the results…..
References
Northern Lights image courtesy of: Northern lights  Accessed 22nd August, 2012
– ©David L Page 23/08/2012
Copyright: No aspect of the content of this blog or blog site is to be reprinted or used within any practice without strict permission directly from David L Page.
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