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RECORDING FORMATS

 

FEATURES - RECORDING FORMATS

  • Pro Tools – Record Discrete Audio

SPECS

  • 24fps Timecode
  • 24bit / 48.000 kHz sample rate
  • Program start at 01:00:00:00
  • Session Naming
    • Convention: Title Abbreviation_PDX for Production or _SCR for Scratch, Session Number (3 digits)_Actors Initials_Date
    • Example: TWB_PDX_002_LC_20180821

 

MICROPHONES

  • Primary Mic: Neumann U87
    • Neumann U87 must have Voice-less pop-screen (Popper Stopper or Stedman, not Foam Ball)
    • Record to Pro Tools Track 1
  • Secondary Mic: Neumann TLM 170, Neumann U87a or similar large diaphragm condenser microphone.
    • Secondary mic is placed 6 inches behind the primary mic (further from talent than primary mic)
    • Use hyper-cardioid mode (the purpose of secondary mic is to buffer unexpected over-modulations)
    • Record to Pro Tools Track 2

 

MIC PREAMPS

  • Focusrite Red 7
  • Neve 1073
  • BAE 1028
  • Avalon 737
  • Millennia HV-3

* If the preamps above are not available, please specify which preamp you will use

 

DELIVERABLES

  • Export Mono WAV of Channel 1 (Primary) and Channel 2 (Secondary) for each session

  • For dual-talent recordings, export Stereo Interleaved WAV files for each mic 
    • WAV File 1 (U87): Talent 1 on left, Talent 2 on right
    • WAV File 2 (U87a): Talent 1 on left, Talent 2 on right
  • Rename WAV files, and append timecode of audio start:
    •  Single-Talent Convention: Title Abbreviation_PDX for Production or _SCR for Scratch, Session Number (3 digits)_Date_Timecode
    • Single-Talent Example: TWB_PDX_002_20180821_01000015.wav
  • Dual-talent files should additionally be appended with mic:
    • Dual-Talent Convention: Title Abbreviation_PDX for Production or _SCR for Scratch, Session Number (3 digits)_Date_Timecode_Mic
    • Dual-Talent Example: TWB_PDX_002_20180821_01000030_stereoU87a.wav
  • Send WAV files to production via Aspera Faspex soon as possible (same-day).

ADDITIONAL SESSION NEEDS

A/V Cart

  • Provide a Video Monitor (with speakers) for video reference playback on stage
  • Video interface cables and adapters (HDMI, Mini-Display, etc) should be available for hookup to show laptop

Laptop w/ Zoom (Or Video Chat Equivalent)

  • Provide a laptop with HD camera if remote participation is needed
  • Mic Input to Zoom (or equivalent) should be fed from studio mics (not the onboard laptop mic)

Video Reference Capture

  • Production will provide HD camera to record talent for performance reference
  • Stage to Provide Audio Feed: XLR Audio Feed will run from Pro Tools to HD camera
  • Stage to Provide LTC Timecode: XLR connector will feed HD Camera timecode for video reference recording

 

SERIES - RECORDING FORMATS

  • Pro Tools – Record Discrete Audio. Every recording should be a mono audio file, not multiple mics in one interleaved file.

 

SPECS

  • 24fps Timecode
  • 24bit / 48.000 kHz sample rate
    • Record at 32 bit floating point if desired (optional)
  • If syncing with performance capture video: Program start at 01:00:00:00
  • Session Naming
    • Convention: Title Abbreviation_PDX for Production or _SCR for Scratch, Session Number (3 digits)_Actors Initials_Date
    • Example: TWB_PDX_002_LC_20180821
  • Name WAV files according to the following Naming Conventions:
      • Take Convention: TitleAbbreviationEp#_CharName_ActorInitials_Take# 

      • Take Example: TWB101_Dragon_LC_01.wav

 

MICROPHONES

  • Primary Mic: Large diaphragm condenser mic (such as a Neumann U87 or TLM 170)
    • Mic must have Voice-less pop-screen (Popper Stopper or Stedman, not Foam Ball

 

MIC PREAMPS

  • Low noise preamps should be used. Here are examples of preamps that work well for animation. This is not an exhaustive list.
    • Focusrite Red 7
    • Neve 1073
    • BAE 1028
    • John Hardy M-1 or M-2
    • Avalon 737
    • Millennia HV-3

 

DELIVERABLES

This format is intended to maximize mid-session efficiency for the recording engineer.

    • Export Mono WAV of each take maintaining the naming convention provided above.
      • The most important thing is that all labeling should match the takes indicated on the circle take script. (This might be using numbers or letters depending on the note taker, either way the take number must match.)
      • All audio recorded should be provided, even flubbed lines.
      • The takes can include multiple lines and reads of each line.
      • Please confirm with your series contact before a record that the following applies for your session: 
  •  Take numbers (NOT line numbers) to be called aloud by the engineer throughout the session, and should match the sequence indicated on the circle take script at all times. 
  • Please check with Production about where to send the WAV files via Aspera Faspex.

 

OPTIONAL PRODUCTION REQUESTS

Editorial Deliverables

For an additional cost, Production may ask for the files to be edited and/or re-labeled according to a particular specification. Please check with Production to ask if they have any special requests.

Video Connection with Talent (for visual while directing)

  • Provide a computer with HD camera if remote participation is needed
  • Mic Input to Zoom (or equivalent) should be fed from studio mics (not the onboard computer mic)

Video Performance Reference Capture

  • Animation Series do not typically use performance capture, but in rare instances production will provide an HD camera to record talent for performance reference.
  • Stage to Provide Audio Feed: XLR Audio Feed will run from Pro Tools to HD camera.

Stage to Provide LTC Timecode: XLR connector will feed HD Camera timecode for video reference recording.

 

Change Log:

-01/07/2021: Amended Formats so Series and Features each have separate detailed specs and deliverables.

-10/02/2020: Amended  Series naming conventions to include secondary option.

-01/27/2020: Amended  Series deliverables to include record session Take callout instructions when applicable.

-01/09/2020: Amended Series deliverables to include Circle Take script to remote studios.

-11/15/2019: Amended Series Naming Conventions to minimize exports.

-10/30/2019: Amended Deliverables to add Series Naming Conventions.

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