Not a Jack of All Trades

To most, I might seem like a jack of all trades but I’m really a specialist. I specialize in mixing sound engineering. I’m inclined to doing things right and carefully. Mastering and mixing is a science that requires a great deal of time, patience, and expertise to do well. The aim of my work is to observe best practices, exceed the highest of demands as well as expectations, and all that entails the process of producing a very successful project.

I’ve spent the last 20 years immersed in this world of sound and still feel the need to improve my skills by getting to know any new technology that emerges and promises to enhance my work. This has been a part of my routine since I mixed my first recordings in New York back in the early 1990s.

Evolving with the technology is a necessity in my profession, but the training, time, effort, and upgrading budget needed to produce quality work has become difficult to justify. I am no longer expected to charge a reasonable fee for my services. My time and the quality of my work is being devalued. The expectations by many new clients are extremely low. Poor quality work is all around them. They want it done fast and cheap, not realizing that in the long run there is a higher price to pay when mediocrity is associated with them.

To the clients, I suggest educating yourselves well in the art of mastering and mixing sound before embarking on any personal projects. To the sound engineers, I’m proposing communicating the worth of your expertise and experience to all of your partners and colleagues. We should be compensated appropriately. Our work has value and should not be demeaned by producing a poor quality product. Evolve and grow but don’t allow yourself to be misused.

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“Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

― Bruce Lee