There is a whole array of things that can affect the outcome of a recording. None is perhaps more important than the performance of the artist.
For this reason I do all that I can to both, help an artist feel comfortable, and conjure up the best performance the artist is capable of at that time.
Also important, is pre-production. Pre-production establishes the direction and intent of the song. A huge part of my role as an engineer is to organize a project and its progress. Without pre-production, the process can seem aimless.
... and finally, the recordings will be at the mercy of the microphones, the preamps, the room, miking techniques, and the experience of who is operating the studio. Because of this, I've invested heavily in each of these categories.
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