“After years of having to cobble together software for less-than-ideal performance, Sessionwire put it all together – better.”
This quote from four-time Grammy-nominated mixing and mastering engineer, Rich Keller, describes the frustrating reality of remote music production for many.
Prior to the emergence of all-in-one remote recording applications like Sessionwire, producers and engineers were forced to take a piecemeal approach to remote collaboration. Fortunately for everyone, those days are behind us.
All-in-one solutions remove the complexity of managing multiple applications, resulting in a more cohesive and efficient workflow, allowing you more time and focus to be spent on what really matters; making great music.
At Sessionwire, our goal has always been to build an all-in-one solution that makes it possible to recreate the feeling of being in the recording studio. To accomplish this, we had to be able to deliver when it comes to performance and capability.
Whether you’re considering Sessionwire or any another application, we feel there are a set of must-have features and capabilities that you really shouldn’t compromise on.
So, we’ve put together our 8 must-haves (and a couple of honourable mentions) for all-in-one remote recording applications to help you decide which solution is right for you.
1. Studio-quality Audio
It all starts with audio quality. While this may be obvious and frankly, a no-brainer, we couldn’t create this list without making it number one. There’s no room for compromise here. If the audio quality isn’t up to your standards, move on. It’s that simple.
2. High-definition video (with talkback)
Communication is a critical part of the collaborative process of recording music. Integrated high-definition video with voice chat allows you to have smooth and natural conversations and serves as an important bridge to come as close as possible to the feeling of sitting in the studio together.
3. DAW Compatibility
Of course, you’ll need to ensure the application you’re considering is compatible with your own digital audio workstation, but what about the people you work with and will work with in the future? Don’t let a lack of DAW support limit your opportunities to collaborate.
4. File Sharing
Almost every project will require you to send and receive tracks and files. You should be able to do this without disrupting your workflow by leaving your application to use third-party file transfer websites. Just being able to send files is not enough, you must be able to do so securely.
5. Listening Sessions
Whether you’re conducting a mix review with a client or just want a trusted colleague to listen to something in the works, the ability to invite others to your sessions can save you a ton of time by eliminating lengthy offline back-and-forth communication.
When collaborating over the internet, especially when working with sensitive material such as unreleased music, the security of the application you use matters. All communication, both audio and video, and file transfers should be encrypted.
7. Comprehensive Support
While support is technically not a product feature or capability, we believe that responsive and comprehensive support is a must-have for your remote recording solution. From the initial setup to understanding the multiple use cases of the application, the peace of mind that comes with great support is invaluable.
8. Try Before You Buy
We can’t stress this one enough. Before you decide on a remote recording application, you must try it out. You need to listen to the audio quality. You need to use it to have a video call with someone. Test out every feature and if possible do so with someone on the other side of the world.
Many application vendors make the claim to be a professional solution, us included. If it’s a professional application, it would make sense that industry professionals are using it. This is not simply about bragging rights. If an application has passed the scrutiny of industry professionals, odds are it has the performance and capabilities you’ll need as well.
A Community to Make Connections
Remote music production is all about collaboration, specifically the freedom to collaborate with anyone regardless of location. But making those connections isn’t always easy. An active user community can serve as a place to not only showcase yourself and your talents but also to find new talent to collaborate with.
A Note About Latency
Before we wrap up this post, we would be remiss if we didn’t take a moment to discuss latency. Latency is, unfortunately, a reality. It is unavoidable due to the laws of physics. This makes jamming or playing along with someone in real-time over the internet next to impossible. So, be wary of application vendors that try to sell you on the false promise of ‘no latency’.
While this post is not an exhaustive list of every feature of capability of remote recording applications, we encourage you to use it as a guide when evaluating potential solutions. Of course, we hope Sessionwire will be included in your list.
Did we miss any must-haves? Let us know in the comments.
As always if you have any questions about the Sessionwire application, please don’t hesitate to contact us.