The free Studio Collect
Plugin enables smoother session data
In the Golden Age of recording
studios, second engineers played a crucial role-
they kept the entire session organized and took
detailed notes about the session participants and
specific details of each session. Some of this
handwritten information would travel with the
recording on the back of the tape box and end up as
liner notes on a released album cover.
The digital era transformed this
process, democratizing recording. This meant leaner
teams in the control room and more diverse, less
systemic methods of recording and capturing
recording information. The tradition of maintaining
detailed notes was largely lost as the apprentice
and mentoring routines in place that would train
young engineers in this system dissolved.
Today when accurate and complete
metadata are the key to distribution, discovery, and
payment, the way recording data is gathered has
become fragmented at the most basic level. The
second engineer's craft has fallen by the wayside.
More importantly, the reasons why this metadata is
valuable has for many either been misunderstood or
VEVA Sound is changing this. SCP, a
free plugin, is designed to work with any digital
audio workstation and gather data about recording
sessions, akin to a virtual second engineer.
VEVA created this plugin based on
nearly two decades of working with producers,
engineers and artists within studios, collecting
metadata, preserving large catalogs, and working
with major labels.
The SCP plugin supports recording
engineers' data collection efforts as they work on a
session in real time. Based on the international
DDEX RIN standard, the plugin encourages engineers
to input required fields. The plugin offers the
option of generating and sharing a fully compliant
RIN (recording information notification) as a PDF or
The plugin is the first part of the
Studio Collect Suite that VEVA will
roll out later this year, which will provide a
wider, more powerful set of tools for managing data,
files, and workflow in the recording studio.
These files form the basis for all music
metadata, this vital information that determines
track credits, searchability, and royalty payments.