Runners Producers and Engineers.
The studio is a place where people go to be creative, to express creativity, capture it and store it. To do this there are many people that play many roles in a studio to achieve the best sound and capture an artist as best as possible. Having been given the opportunity to play one of these roles recently in this blog I aim to speak about the role of an Engineer in the studio. The role of an Engineer is one of utmost importance, the work put in by the engineer has a great effect on the final outcome of the project. A Studio engineer works with all the technical aspects of sound during the processes of recording, mixing, and mastering. The engineers often assist the producers and musicians to help give their work the sound they are hoping to achieve. For example, an engineer will piece together parts of a song, make sure the right levels are recorded , make sure that the right compression and EQ is applied and the proper microphone techniques are used. Studio engineers are different from producers where producers are the ones who control the musical and performance aspect of a song the engineer looks at its sonic perspective. However, some studio engineers go on with their careers taking on both roles at the same time. Having played this role in the studio in the week gone by something I did learn is that when the session is in progress the engineer must be well aware of what’s going on around him form levels on the desk, to compression ratios and thresholds, to delay and reverb units and other out board gear it is a must that he keeps his ears open, and listen out for anything that may go wrong. So in conclusion I would say that this is one of, if not the most important role(s) in the studio and must be done with utmost responsibility and care.