Everybody with analogue studio outboard gear knows it: there is one huge disadvantage compared to mixing plugins. It is the effort needed to store somehow the settings of all used studio gear to be able to recall them if you or your customers want to make changes to the last mix version. Whether or not you are taking pictures or using recall sheets, it is an annoying process, and its data needs to be stored somewhere. But those sad times came to an end with the release of the new software called SessionRecall, available for Mac and Windows.
SessionRecall by David Della Rocca
I am sure that David Della Rocca was in the same situation time after time, who is also running a mastering studio called HiLow Mastering in France. In March 2018, he released his recall tool SessionRecall that by now includes 48 brands, 233 racks and 46 modules and was already reviewed by the Recording Magazine in the September issue. Bit by bit, David is filling the software's so-called "device store" with virtually adjustable faceplates of known and maybe less known gear brands. You have the chance to try out the modern recall sheets for a limited time for free before you potentially buy it for between 2€ and 6€ each. Every potentiometer or button of the original hardware unit is adjustable and clickable within the tool so storing your recall information is just easy, super fast and stored digitally. The possibility of setting up templates makes it even less time-consuming when you previously created your studio racks in SessionRecall.
If one of your analogue devices is not available in the device store (yet), you still have the option to take a photo of it but to include it in the software. But usually - as far as I noticed it on Facebook - David is very open to device/brand suggestions and often implemented user requests very soon. So maybe it is worth it to ask kindly ;)
SessionRecall is available for Windows and Mac and can be downloaded for free at session-recall.com.
If you are a multi-device nerd like me or an owner of a fancy, massive studio complex, the option to allocate the file path of the entire SessionRecall database in which your devices and sessions are stored is a laudable feature. Thanks to that you can store and synchronise your settings via cloud services like Dropbox or even iCloud. This can be done by following SessionRecall > Preferences > Database > Change database path.
Maybe this tool can save you a lot of old-school-ish recall-sheet-writing. I am satisfied! Also, feel free to sign up for our newsletter in the box below to receive exclusive updates regarding our running productions and freshly published blog posts. See you next week!