Originally Posted by jordanvoth
Why not just turn the bass up?
I agree that in some cases the client may not be able to express what they want to hear very well but maybe talk with them about it..
"Is it more bottom end you want"
"are you looking to hear the attack of the bass more?"
We all at this forum know that those two things are totally different than just grabbing the bass and turning it up. It could mean eq, or compression or automation. Whatever. Try to communicate with your clients before you get to this stage.
Jordan, I think this is sound advice... But once in a blue moon you get somebody in the studio, in a position of nominal(and probably marginal) authority that has NO business influencing the mix. In that case, you have to jump into "harm reduction mode" and stop them from messing up the product! If the artist or producer asks for changes that I think will detract, then we talk about it...after all, we behind the glass are psychologists of a sort, and have the egos of sensitive and creative people in our hands. Those people should not be tricked, they should be worked with....
It's when the manager or agent or girlfriend or whatever walks in and starts asking for changes and the band can't or won't speak up that you might be forced to take some action, if ever.
You can also SAY NO, and then prove that you're correct to do so by delivering a killer mix that sounds good everywhere the artist plays it, although the knucklehead that wanted unnecessary changes may still never be happy as you flouted his/her "authority"....
Once in a while, "creative routing" may be neccesary!