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So the first thing you do is a System Check, and basically this is just making sure that kind of everything is in order before people come over to record or before you just start hitting the record button, and this will help kind of-- because you want things to interrupt in the middle of the session. So the first thing you do is just fire it up, make sure it still works. Turn it on, get some signal in, feed it a little signal, record some stuff, play it back. Make sure things working, save it, and then once you save it, also go ahead and check your disc space. You don't want to have to stop a session so that you can burn a couple of DVDs to free up some disc space, it's a real drag.
So move files around if you have to, to different destinations to clear up some space so that you can just focus on recording when that's what you're doing. Also make sure that you have all the cables and connectors that you'll need and organize them or kind of clean them up, wrap them up. Put them somewhere they are easy to grab and use. You want to make sure that you have as many microphone cables as you do microphones. Probably have a few extras, in case you need to extend them or make longer runs. It's also great to have lots of headphone cables, or just in general extra cables, because cables do go bad. Someone might come over with a device that has a stranger, different output that you're not used to using or they didn't bring the adaptor to get it to the size you needed to be to work with your equipment. It's good to have an assortment of connectors.
It's always good to do a little system check before you start a session so that you don't interrupt it once you're going, and it will also help you get in the mind-set of getting ready to record.
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