‘The first take you record could be the magic take. So you just need to have everything slick’ – Andrew Dudman.
In the latest #TilYouMakeIt episode Abbey Road Studios’ Senior Recording Engineer, Andrew Dudman speaks on the importance of precise planning ahead of a recording session and how the support of Abbey Road Studios’ team of assiduous engineers, recordists and runners enables big orchestral recordings to run like a well-oiled machine.
Many films are as famous for their soundtracks as they are for anything that happens on screen, and Andrew has been responsible for recording some of the most iconic and beloved scores in cinema, with credits including the Star Wars prequels, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Hacksaw Ridge, Baby Driver and Gravity, to name just a few.
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The first take you record could be the magic take. So you just need to have everything slick.
Certain sessions, certain band recordings, you can kind of adjust as you go get the band in.
Everyone gets a feel of the vibe and then you kind of work out how you’re gonna do it. But when you’ve got a big orchestra, it needs to be organized.
That’s the joy of having the staff of this building where. You know, we’ve got six runners and nine assistants, and seven or eight engineers.
We’re very well organized, very well planned. When you come in with an empty studio, everyone has a detailed setup sheet, and we draw floor diagrams so you know where everything’s gonna be set out.
It would be chaos if you didn’t have a plan. Do you need to find out all the information in advance? Plan it all out. Get it ready.