Welcome to issue #143 of Tape Op.
One conversation that comes up occasionally in my life is the dichotomy of the two paths I’ve taken in audio. As a producer/engineer/mixer, is my doling out recording knowledge via Tape Op, my LinkedIn video courses, and Virtual Recording Workshops at odds with maintaining my recording career? Am I losing studio work because I give away recording knowledge? Are there mixing tricks that should be kept secret? Is there recording equipment I shouldn’t tell people about because then “everyone will have it”? I don’t think so, and I don’t think that’s what matters.
Read producer and songwriter Linda Perry’s candid thoughts in this issue, where she discusses some important mentoring she received early on when producer Bill Bottrell [Tape Op #59] told her, “You don’t have my ears. You don’t hear it like I do. And I’m never going to be able to copy what you do. That’s what will make you a unique producer.”
Every person creating and capturing music brings a different set of skills and taste to this process. Learning as much as we can is important, but developing our own sound and styles is the real end goal. Go ahead and be yourself.
— Larry Crane, editor & Founder
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