I think I’m looking at the process of how mix engineers get picked differently. And instead of looking at what makes a song go to the top of the charts, I’m looking at what its expected specifically of the mix engineer to get it passed the labels firewall. I think the technical aspects are less significant once you hit a minimum threshold of skill level. And I don’t know any people with that skill level that would consider attempting this from a bedroom.
Why? Should we call them exceptionally well mixed? All I mean is that its extremely rare to see one that was compromised in any noticeable way by technical flaws. Again, I’m talking 2018…here and now.
What do you mean?
Why do you say that?
Let me back up a little. You say I’m confusing talent, popularity, and money. Let me probe at the talent part. I felt like (or was attempting to) try to stay pretty objective, but maybe I’m not.
I’m largely speaking in terms of ‘skill’. More than just ‘talent’. When I say skill, I’m using that word to mean a culmination of developed/refined talent. Where I’m stuck, its it seems as though others wish to disregard someones experience and the knowledge they acquired from working with their tools as irrelevant to their skill set. If anything this will dichotomize a general skill set (being an overall knowledge of audio) vs a specific skill set (a knowledge of particular gear). But the fallacy here is to assume they are mutually exclusive when you sit down behind your console to mix a track. Neither are a reflection of their talent, but both are aspect of your skill.
Your ability to utilize a tool emphatically depends on said compressor or EQ be accessible for use!!! That’s why I keep banging my damn head against the wall insisting that the gear matters. I can’t fathom for the life of me how people are reasoning otherwise. There are plenty of examples…say a variable biasing tube compressor is the wrong tool for crushing a snare drum. There’s no skill an engineer can have that will make this work, other than prior knowledge that its wrong damn compressor for the job!
Is the part you disagree with my view that gear knowledge is an aspect of skill? Or that the ability to employ the skill is dependent on having access to tool?