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The Studio Business Book: A Guide to Professional Recording Studio Business and Management, Third Edition by Jim Mandell, Mitch Gallagher

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Booking and Work Orders

Once the phone rings with a booking, it’s necessary to write down the details of the session, and using a printed form called a booking order is a good way to cover all the bases.

First, you need information that includes your client’s name, address, phone number, and P.O. number if applicable. Then you’ll want to know what kind of session is being planned. Is it a live date, an overdub, or a mix? Is there any setup involved? What kind of media will be used, yours or theirs? Will there be vocals? Is there picture? Are the formats compatible? Do you have to rent any special equipment? Who’s going to engineer? Why am I here? What is the meaning of life? Dammit, Jim, I’m a doctor, not a miracle worker!

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