Originally Posted by popmann
After 25 years of doing it...and working with lots of other people who do it to greater or lesser ends...there is a HUGE amount of aptitude involved. You can teach little tricks. Technical singal flow? Give me a week with someone. But, then why can't they balance a mix as quickly/well as I can?
As to the last point...that's not relevant. Unless you think John Lennon (or insert someone you dig) had the aptitude to be a great engineer. I don't-at least I never saw evidence of that. Yes, some people who are mediocre songwriters are great engineers. Some who don't even attempt to write songs are great engineers. Because they're not related. Not because one is a subset of another talent. I probably AM one of those guys..."mediocre songwriter" compared to engineer. It took me a long time to embrace what I'm really good at...and you know what it took? Albums coming out by performers much more talented than I...that my recordings/mixes sound better. That...and spending years on several forums trying to teach musicians the engineering side...help them...and being mostly unable to. Sure-some pick it right up and run-they had aptitude AND my help. And some struggle...year after year...album after album...maybe improving...but never really getting "there". Why? It's a different skill.
talents. And all men are NOT created equal when it comes to talent.