Sometimes, as the engineer or studio owner, your responsibility goes far beyond getting the performance on tape. Sometimes you act as confidante, referee, maid, counselor, mother..
I’ve often said that a degree in psychology would be as helpful as the right microphones.
Artist’s core egos (good and bad) are called into check when they have to perform in a studio. This is where the proverbial “rubber meets the road” as far as their ability goes.
Since we know that egos are exposed, why not take on the role as diplomat when its appropriate?
If you have two singers in your studio… one’s behind the glass trying to make magic happen and the other is in the studio with you verbally beating up the other singer, step in if you need to and call off the dogs.
Not much good can come of one artist bashing another artists when you are trying to get a good performance.
If tension gets high, here’s a couple of things you can do to get things “back on track”:
Sometimes it takes a bit of creativity to stay on track and sometimes it just takes a good engineer paying attention to the tension.
Question: How have you broken the tension in the studio before?