Casual music listeners often ask me, "What is a recording engineer?"
I compare sound recording to making a film. When a film moves you, it's because of a compelling screenplay, powerful acting, and bold direction. Often, it's also because the cinematographer chose a camera lense that would elevate the emotion of a scene, and the editor chose a sequence of shots that would make your heart pound. The power of the cinematographer and the editor mirrors the power of the recording engineer. Microphones are camera lenses, and the mixing console is the editing room. A talented engineer is nothing without great music and great performances, but great music can be much more visceral, more enveloping, more powerful in the hands of a skilled engineer.
I've been making music in some way or other for about 20 years. In the last decade most of my working life has been in the recording studio, where I've been fortunate to work with some really inspiring musicians.
These days, I'm staff recording engineer at the Banff Centre, where I mentor up-and-comng engineers on projects spanning from rock to jazz to classical music. Still, freelance work as a recording engineer, mixer and music producer continues to be a big part of my life, and I'm always eager to collaborate with passionate artists.