Originally Posted by AudioWonderland
Except that you made it clear you would do what you thought was best to protect the reputation of your studio. That does not seem consistent to me with your other comments.
I don't pay for a producer and I do make those decisions. I even use my own studio most of the time these days. Its very small time and I like it that way for just that reason. I can try crazy shit without dealing with an hourly rate or someone telling me it will never work. I rent a room if I need something I don't have like a grand piano or a huge room for drums but its really rare.
The confusion seems to be in what your role was/is. Studios around here don't come with producers. Its not exactly a music mecca. Its kind of the opposite of that actually. They come with an engineer to run the equipment. They will help with mic placement, that sort of thing and will do a basic mix or assist if you have specific ideas for a mix but your renting the room basically. If you want a producer that's a different guy you pay on your own. They do tend to have unique sonic signatures though because they are not purpose built rooms.
This whole comment seems to be one mass of contradiction with my perception of you. Having read some of your posts in the past stating how you despise just about every technological crutch going (autotune/beat detective et al), you're now espousing the "client is always right" view?!
Very bizarre. You also assume (or ASSume as one twice-banned poster was wont to write it) that any given studio is NOT acting as producer. The original post was referring to a producer, and many smaller (and not so small studios) run as "one stop shops", owner/operator, or the situation that's becoming more and more common these days, you hire the producer and work at his studio.
And on a pedantic note, if I were hired to do the "engineer"'s role you describe above, I'd probably wonder why someone was paying me to engineer, but treating me as an assistant! You describe the assistant's role, which is what most commercial rooms will come with - the engineer is usually extra, or many clients bring their own, as well as a producer. Again, owner/operator rooms are different.