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The line between engineering and producing
Old 14th January 2011
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The line between engineering and producing

Hi Ken,

When you are involved in a project in an engineering role, how do you deal with artists who ask your musical opinion? I have my own experiences with this, but I'm wondering whether it happens much or at all with the high-level artists you're working with. Do you avoid commenting when and if they ask? How do you view the boundary between engineering and being a producer? Do you have any interesting stories about this? Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us on this forum.
Old 15th January 2011
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Hi, I moved into production because I got fed up with making musical suggestions and if they worked the producer took the credit and if they didn't......"Oh well it was only Ken's idea, but I thought it was worth trying". Do you know that one?

Anyway, as soon as I could afford to, I stopped engineering other than my own sessions. It made the line very simple. I have since done "just" some engineering, but it was working with an old friend and I was being very well paid and so I didn't mind putting forth production suggestions.

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