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What can I expect from a recording session?

5 Dec 2022 · Viktor Tohver Stridh

There are definitely some important things to keep in mind both before and after a recording session: let's break it down!

How are recording sessions set up? Who attends?

Depends – it’s all up to the client’s preference. Expect someone from the game company to attend (an audio engineer, writer) and more often than not a representative from Speechless as well.

What’s expected of me?

  1. Be ready to record when the session starts.
  2. Be flexible during the recording session; try to listen to and apply the direction received.
  3. Have fun! But read the room – don’t mistake a relaxed environment for an unserious one.

Who’s responsible if the call extends the allotted time?

It’s the talent's responsibility to call for a new session if the session extends the allotted time.

Do I get to charge for the extra time spent working?

Yes – but first you need to make sure the client books a new session hour (or several). A booked session is your contract to get paid. Make sure you are ready to record when the session starts as setup is not a part of the session-time.

What happens if I’m sick/have a family emergency/there’s a force majeure event and I am unable to attend the recording session?

Please contact the client and us as soon as possible to reschedule. Everyone can get sick and we always try to reschedule first but if it’s not possible we will help out with a cancellation and repayment.

What happens if the client doesn’t show up? How long do I need to wait for them?

If the client did not give notice of cancellation 24 hours prior to the recording session, these are still billable hours. Be available in the meeting and check your project chat for any messages from the client. As you will get paid anyway you need to be available even if the client turns up just the last 15 minutes.

I’m available for travel. Where do you want me to go?

We want you to go to your home studio – our platform is made with home recording in mind. However, there may be edge-cases where clients will want you to go to commercial studios, especially if it’s for a longer job. Loop us in and we’ll discuss it from there.