As a producer, and an engineer, I have the opportunity to wear many different hats as I work with my clients. These are some of the hats I regularly wear: The recording engineer, the mixer, the songwriter, the visionary, the arranger, the drummer, the keyboardist, the editor, the perfectionist, and even the coffee maker.
Which microphone will make your voice sound the best? Is it a U87, an SM7B, a K2, an R84? Should we use a Tele or a Les Paul to get the tone we need for this lead guitar part? Does this song need bright cymbals, or dark cymbals? I have the answers to these questions.
Believe it or not, playing music is fun. Maybe the most fun thing ever. I've spent the last 8 years playing and touring with lots of talented bands/artists. I play drums, bass, piano, triangle, and I dance like you wouldn't believe. Really. I can't whistle though, don't hold it against me.
Mixing is a careful balance of art and science. Frequency, dynamics, and time are the elements. Equalizers, compressors, and reverbs, are the tools. I've spent years toiling over reverb times, EQ curves, and compressor settings to give a song the proper sounding mix that it deserves.
I mix live music too. I know, it's crazy. Bands actually pay me with real money, to go on tour with them and turn knobs to make them sound good. It's just like mixing in the studio, but it all happens way faster, and way louder.