The recording process can be done alone, but typical it is a collaborative team process. It is very important to define creative roles while making a recording. This streamlines communication, takes advantage of specialized skill sets, and increases efficiency.

I’m simplifying this, but the main roles I’ll outline here today are “The Producer”, “The Instrumentalist”, and “The Engineer”.

The Producer is the person organizing the people and they are more-or-less in charge of most of the recording session. The producer has their eye on the clock, their mind on the budget, and their ears on the final product.

The Instrumentalist is the person making the sounds. It is not uncommon for the instrumentalist to be the producer, but in the moment of actually performing for the recording, they should be focused completely on that. This means that someone is wearing the producer hat, providing some oversight for both the instrumentalist and the engineer.

The Engineer is responsible for the technical preparation, audio capture, playback, and saving. Often times, people are their own producers and engineers, but again, the engineer does their job best when focused completely on that job. Having a clearly defined producer provide direction to an experienced engineer can turn a good recording into a great recording.

The key to a collaboration in a team environment is trust.