To specialize or not

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Jon Atack, Dec 10, 2001.

  1. Jon Atack

    Jon Atack Distinguished Member

    May 29, 2001
    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!

  2. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    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

    Feb 12, 2001
    Bloomington, IL
    Originally posted by littledog:

    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

    Jul 2, 2001

    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.

    PlugHead Productions
  5. planet red

    planet red Active Member

    Jul 25, 2001
    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

    davemc Guest

    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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