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Score Supervisor A person who assists the composer at recording sessions by watching the printed score and listening to the performances of the musicians to aid the composer. The Score Supervisor often communicates with the composer or orchestra conductor through a private headphone mix that only the composer/conductor can hear. The composer/conductor then makes comments to the musicians as he/she deems necessary. The Score Supervisor may occasionally make comments to the Scoring Engineer about the volume levels of different instruments and other technical aspects of the recording process.
Scoring Mixer (aka Scoring Engineer) The person who records, mixes (adjusts levels, effects, and tone), and has overall responsibility for microphone placement and recording the musicians at a recording session. Also known as a Recording Engineer.
Sidelining A term used to describe musicians appearing on-screen in a film or television production. The musicians usually appear with their musical instruments, and may or may not actually play the instruments.
Signatory (US) A signatory is a business or individual who is authorized by the American Federation of Musicians to act as an employer of musicians. In certain A F of M contracts and agreements such as the Assumption Agreement, the signatory becomes legally responsible for possible future payments to the musicians.
SMPTE (or Time Code) SMPTE stands for The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, and usually refers to time code, for which this organization developed various standards. The terms SMPTE and time code are often used interchangeably. SMPTE is recorded as an audio signal, and is also usually shown in a window on the screen for reference purposes. An example of a time code location might be 01:00:16:23, which refers to a time code location of "One Hour, zero minutes, sixteen seconds, and twenty-three frames." SMPTE is used to refer to specific locations in a piece of video or audio product, and comes in several types including Drop Frame and Non- Drop Time Code.
Spotting Session The Spotting Session usually takes place after the filming and editing phases of a production have been completed. At the Spotting Session, the director and composer agree on what types of music will be used in a project and on where in the film (usually time code locations) specific musical cues will occur. The Music Editor documents these decisions and provides Spotting Notes to the composer and director for reference.
Synchronization Rights (or Sync Rights) Refers to the privilege of using an existing piece of music, often a Source Cue, in timed relation with the picture in a film or television production. Synchronization rights are usually negotiated with the publisher of the music. A license to record or use music in sync with picture is called a Synchronization License.

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