To specialize or not

Discussion in 'Microphones & Recording' started by Jon Atack, Dec 10, 2001.

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  1. Jon Atack

    Jon Atack Distinguished Member

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    Hi folks,

    I'm curious to hear what you all think:

    In your career as engineers and producers, is it preferable to specialize in a particular style or genre...or two?

    Or is it better to diversify as much as possible and avoid being categorized or pigeon-holed?

    Let's hear your thoughts!

    Jon
     
  2. anonymous

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    Even those of us who are not looking to specialize sometimes become "specialists" by default. One or two successful projects in one genre leads to a lot of word of mouth and pretty soon enough other projects in that same genre are coming through the door that either you get pigeonholed as a specialist for that kind of music, or you just plain don't have time time to do much else.

    I guess the secret is not to be too successful at anything, and then that won't happen! :D
     
  3. drumsound

    drumsound Active Member

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    Originally posted by littledog:
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    I guess the secret is not to be too successful at anything, and then that won't happen! :D [/QB]

    Works for me! :w:
     
  4. PlugHead

    PlugHead Active Member

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    FWIW,

    I don't think too many folks can hang tough on any one style/category to hone their skills. I believe diversity is the best method to gaining chops in the Production dep't. Seeing the way the business side of music is taking a severe hit financially ( don't know too many facilities booked solid, or even sporadic at best these days), I think diversify or die is the new mantra for almost everyone involved in production at this point in time.

    Jay
    PlugHead Productions
     
  5. planet red

    planet red Active Member

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    I can think of several big studios that specialize in certain styles of music that are always booked solid at least 8 months in advance.
     
  6. davemc

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    There is a studio near me that does that new metal sound and does it well. They are booked pretty solid. I think if you are doing something in a niche and do it real well you will build a rep. As long as you are real good at that niche.

    I like doing pop-rock although I do roots music like blues,jazz and country well. Thought many times maybe to specialize in it as most bands really like what I do. Although it is not the styles I would like to do full time.
     

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