When you act as a producer for a band, how much creative involvement do you have? Do you simply record and mix, or are you there arranging material and so on? Which do you prefer?

Ott responded on 03/06/2012

Sometimes I'm hired to be an engineer with an opinion, taking care of the interface between people and machines and occasionally, when asked, telling people what I think.

Sometimes people send me their entire multitrack and leave me to do my thing without any interference and I send them a finished record.

Sometimes I'm required to work closely with an artist and push things along in the direction I feel they should be moving.

More often I'm required to move seamlessly between all three.

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