Being a Versatile Engineer

Let’s face it – sometimes you find yourself recording artists that play in a genre that you don’t enjoy quite so much. We all run into it at some point!

Let’s say you enjoy producing smooth jazz, bebop, and jazz standards. (Kenny G, Frank Sinatra, you get the picture.)

Then this act walks in your studio. Let’s say they’re well known in some circles – and some even consider them the next Beethoven.

What’s the best thing to do? Well, a versatile engineer or producer shouldn’t have a problem taking on the gig and working with the act.

But how do you get to be versatile? Here’s a few tips to get you started:

1. Find and listen to what are considered “good productions” in the genre you’re about to work with. Spend time analyzing the recordings so that you know what to listen for when the artist starts recording.

2. Try a mock-up track. Take what you can, and try to find presets that may work well for the session. Plug in your guitar and dial in some amp tones, and even start listening to drum samples if you like!

3. Be prepared for anything! Watch a lot of interviews and training videos to get prepared for the session. Learning the techniques used by people who make this stuff happen is a great way to get prepared and have a successful session!

Being versatile is important – even if you’re not the biggest fan of the genre you’re producing. Check out our training videos to learn some new tips and tricks in plenty of different genres!

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