Absolutely, I’ll explain… Earlier in my career I used to work as a session musician in Melbourne’s best studios with highly experienced and technically proficient engineers. After I’d put my parts down I would stay on and sit with the engineer, keen to learn all I could about recording techniques, compression, EQ and so on. However when it came to the way they ran the session and their communication with the musicians, I’d often think to myself “you don’t know what’s going on.” The sessions would be long and drawn out, everyone would be getting tired and I knew why. The engineers had a deep understanding of audio, but not of music.
When I engineer a session, I bring not only my audio engineering skills but also my skills as a multi-instrumental musician, arranger and producer. I can guide and control the recording session and communicate with musicians in their language. This results in a greater amount of quality recording before people start to fatigue. With less time taken, the final cost can easily end up being less than the “cheaper” studio.
A recording session with 1) my guidance and 2) everyone being fresh will not only result in 1) a more productive session, but 2) you’ll likely get a better end product.