Audio Engineering

Making a Living as a Producer/Engineer

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  1. Musa says:

    I like this. Thanks Joe.

  2. thedove says:

    I also like this – lets make music !


  3. ws says:

    Thanks Joe – looking forward to next installment

  4. Joe Salyers says:

    Hey thanks guys & Gals and thank you Warren for this opportunity!

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @joesalyers:disqus Thanks for your great Blog! Extremely inspirational!! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  5. Warren Huart says:

    Thanks @joesalyers:disqus! It’s fantastic to have you here contributing! This community is such a wonderfully supportive place! I’m blessed to be a part of it! Have a marvellous time reaching and mixing, many thanks Warren

  6. kennymac says:

    Great post! For me, engineering is the mechanics of music, the most important skill is a musical ear… that leads us to develop a range of skills, from fixing the instrument’s tone at source, to re-capping the console, through to jedi mind tricks on mastering engineers – it’s a polymathic discipline. Haha sorry, mastering is great fun and v challenging, kudos, the mind tricks chapter in the Bob Katz book is a great read! (joke) For part two, what are the best ways to attract the right kinds of talent to your studio? Don’t you think a website would help you attract the best musical input you can find? Cheers!

    1. Joe Salyers says:

      Well put Kennymac!!!! I have had to Jedi mind trick a few people in situation where they were being self destructive with their art because of long hours or emotional roller coasters from sessions. But yes I think we are as much psychologist’s as we are engineers sometimes!

  7. Jeppe says:

    Hi Joe!

    So nice that you share your story and such a great story! and I´m looking forward to reading about your studio in detail.

    The word specialist can sometimes make your world smaller and hinder you in your thought process of who you are, but it can also mean that you want to become good at everything and that proven you are a curious person and a person that learning every singel moment.. 😉

    What do you think, what are the real limits that you have to overcome to become a person that make a living out of music, or is the limits just in you’re head?



    1. Joe Salyers says:

      If you try to only be one thing then it will be a very hard road to a living but if you diversify then it can make things alot easier. I’m lucky to be in an area crawling with a band or artist every 2 miles. For such a small population in a 100 mile radius the ratio of musician to non musicians is staggering. So I learned to be whatever anyone needed when they were looking for a service in music. (i.e. From studio work to live sound and beyond) Thanks Jeppe

  8. Pascal Clerotte says:

    Hi Joe. Thx for your great story.
    I believe it all comes down to one basic thing, that has been overshadowed by the industry for the past 70 years. To distribute any work of art on industrial scale, as it is the case in the music, film, broadcasting or publishing etc. -the whole entertainment industry- , one needs artists alright. But the people working towards making this possible, at the core of the production process, are “artisans” (I’d rather use the french word as craftman does not describe properly the relationship between arts and crafts!). The bigger the production, the higher the division of labor. As the music industry is declining due to technological advancement (it is not a bad thing in my opinion as the music industry has always been quite “roten”) and “big budgets” are not the rule any longer, one needs to be able to hone the skills needed to cover the whole production process if one wants to make a living out of it. That’s a very good thing! Artists need to tour to build audiences instead of relying on mass marketing and record sales to make a living. We’re back at what the entertainment industry should be: a cottage industry producing non-standard products. I like that!

    1. Joe Salyers says:

      I think you just cracked the code everyone has been trying to figure out, when it comes to the industry and where it’s at today compared to a couple decades ago. The music business has reverted to it’s pre recording cottage industry days, so popularity comes from the people and not the industry leaders and suits at labels in most genres. Very well said Pascal!

      1. Pascal Clerotte says:

        Thanks Joe!
        Personnally, I really enjoy seeing people going back to what matters and forgetting the payolas’ time!

  9. antonio robbins says:

    Super True! I have similar memories growing up loving music and doing anything possible to find out more about the process. My first recording studio experience was in a super small studio in Indiana. I remember the owner doing everything; troubleshooting, recording, tuning instruments, mixing and mastering. Then when I was signed to Major Label in NYC and did my first bigger budget recording, I found out it was basically the same. “No one had a specialty.” Everyone did everything they could to help the song be what it could be. Great Article and Great Web site. Bravo Joe and Warren!

    1. Joe Salyers says:

      Thank you very much for those kind words Antonio.

  10. ljemusic says:

    My studio motto – “The answer is’Yes’, now what is the question?”
    You hit the nail on the head Joe, I am here at PLaPA to avoid becoming a one trick pony. Thx. 🙂

    1. Joe Salyers says:

      Exactly the costumer is always right, even when we let them think they are right and fix it in the process!! LOL Have a great Day!

  11. Mange says:

    Looking forward to part 2

    1. Joe Salyers says:

      Awesome @plap-disqus-37a749d808e46495a8da1e5352d03cae:disqus glad you enjoyed this!!!

  12. RRbig says:

    Some say you need to focus and specialize yourself in an area in order to succeed. Others say it’s actually the oppossite…..
    Who do we trust? 🙂

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @rrbig:disqus Huge question! Just being an Engineer only these ays is an impossible gig, you need to have Production chops as well, be a great mixer, hustle to get work and be extremely easy to work with! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

      1. RRbig says:

        Thanks for the reply Warren! This is actually good, since I’ve always been struggling with specializing. I’m more of a “jack of all trades” type and I can’t keep my ass sitting in the same chair for too long… but yeah it all can be overwhelming, especially the hustling part (while working on learning and improving your technical and artistic craft)

    2. Joe Salyers says:

      We have to find what works best for us @rrbig:disqus for me it is wearing many hats! Have a great day!

  13. Johnny Fuller says:

    Man was that cool! Joe, you’re my new hero, and Warren, what a wonderful community you’re developing. I’m so excited to to be part of it, and I look forward to reading part two.

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @johnnyfuller:disqus Thank you!! Yes I’m very excited by this incredible community we have here!! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

    2. Joe Salyers says:

      Many Thanks @johnnyfuller:disqus!
      I’m just doing what I love and trying to be the best I can be at this!!

  14. 7salvo says:

    So encouraging 🙂

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @plap-disqus-37f0e884fbad9667e38940169d0a3c95:disqus I agree! It’s fantastic to see that there people out there doing it making a living in the real world and flourishing like Joe!! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

    2. Joe Salyers says:

      It isn’t always easy and some months are a struggle still while other are really great but I wouldn’t trade this life for any other and I’m sure @plap-disqus-d3d9446802a44259755d38e6d163e820:disqus would agree I mean come on I lie to my girlfriend everyday when I tell her I’m going to work because this job is so fun it has never felt like work. I had a few Quote Real Jobs over the years and it has taken me about 18 years to get here but they last 8 years have been really great I haven’t had to work a real job for a while and that is a blessing in itself!!!

  15. fuzzbox says:

    Interesting read… ☺ thanks Joe

    1. Joe Salyers says:

      Your Welcome I have to give the credit to Warren for giving me the oppertunity!!!

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