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Old 16th March 2003
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Question Engineer / Musician - Better to be both?

Hey slippy and everyone else,

Just a question out of curiousity:

Is it important/necessary for an engineer to have a background in performing music?

Slippy ~~ do you yourself play an instrument?

I only ask, because it makes sense to me that a musician would approach mixing/engineering differently than a purely technically trained AE.
Whether this makes for a better engineer is obviously subjective and completely independant for each individual's scenario.

I'm just wondering how many engineers are also musicians, and if they believe that it gives them some kind of advantage.

For instance: someone who plays drums/bass/guitar etc. would have a clear
idea in their head as to how they would want the instruments to sound if they were playing

I know that doesn't really matter if they don't know how to achieve that sound, but surely having a natural ear and feel for music would make a difference?¿?

Maybe i'm just talking crap, or regurgitating crap that has been spoken to
death on here before. (If this is the case, i appologise.)

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