Tim Davies leads us through a comprehensive look through his process preparing for and then executing a string recording session. We start with “just the notes” — what happens when you begin to populate your score page and how the players will interpret your notation. Then we cover how to articulate your intent, and striking the right balance between not being specific enough vs. overdoing it with additional markings. Many of us begin with a MIDI demo; we cover how to translate that demo, how to replicate effects, and how to get the best out of recording live strings. We also talk about distance sessions and the unique challenges that this Covid season presents. Drawing from his experience in both live and remote sessions, Tim shares his tips to get the best results from socially distanced sessions with both soloists and ensembles.