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Shaping Sound in the Studio and Beyond: Audio Aesthetics and Technology by Gary Gottlieb

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Entry-Level Positions

Please don’t get frightened as we descend through the pecking order. Assistant engineers are the heart and soul of a studio, and they are also among the most abused people in any line of work. As a freelancer, a substantial part of the basis on which I judge a studio has to do with the quality of the assistant engineers. Their efficiency, awareness, and helpfulness can make the difference between a good session and a bad session. At the same time, they are sitting next to me throughout the session, often performing fundamentally the same tasks, and earning between 5% and 10% of my earnings. It may not seem fair, but it’s part of the training process.

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