The Insecure Engineer

I had a conversation with an engineer friend of mine a few months ago. He does recording, mixing, and mastering for a living here in Nashville. He pointed out something that I thought was really interesting and very true. Engineers are a very insecure group of people.

What did he mean by that? We’re in a very creative field, and our job consists of making hundreds and thousands of subjective, creative decisions.

There’s not much about music that’s objective. I can dial in a guitar tone. You can tell me that you don’t like the tone, but you can’t definitively say it’s a bad guitar tone. Everything must be taken in context and everything subjective.