How to Become a Better Recording Engineer: (Also known as: How to Continuously Grow as a Audio Engineer)
By David Gray
Ask yourself the following questions whenever you are feeling stuck in a recording project. These questions are designed to help with the psychological aspect of recording.
- What is my part in the situation(s) and recording at hand?
- Are my reactions and/or actions appropriate?
- What is my fantasy and reality of the recording and situation?
- Am I understating or am I exaggerating?
- Is my stress justified? Am I stressing out the people I am recording?
- Am I making this a bigger problem then what it actually is?
- What is the worst thing that can happen and has it happened? Can I fix it?
- Am I beating myself up over some choice I, or the artist made?
- Am I taking myself, or the recording too seriously?
- Am I putting other people down or their recordings down?
- Am I demanding too much from the recordings, myself and/or other people involved?
- Is this a need or a want?
- Am I overindulging in a behavior? Or is a behavior I am seeing affecting me?
- Do I want to be here or is it time for change? Can I finish this project? If so how?
- Can I ground myself in reality?
- Am I sulking or living in action?
- Is my opinion being heard? If not, am I taking it out on the people involved in the recording?
- Do I need a break?
- What is the solution and how can I achieve it?