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Recording engineer's view - Gregg Jackman

A recording engineer's view of record production.


Gregg Jackman is a very well established and respected engineer, and is one of the few engineers who can command royalties on his recordings rather than just a flat fee.

On working with a top producer

"The Seal album took a very long time. Trevor Horn doesn't worry too much about the time it takes or the budget. He just wants to make a great record. Sometimes when you think you are getting somewhere it can be scrapped and started all over again. 'Now I know how to make this record. Wipe it and we'll start again'. You learn not to take any of these things personally."

Discussions with the producer

"Very often people will ask me my opinion. As long as they are prepared to accept that I may say something they don't like, that's fine."

"Producers tend to observe what it sounds like. Sometimes they'll point out something you haven't heard. They'll say, 'The vocals sound a bit toppy when you are worrying about the bass guitar and you haven't noticed it. It's good to have two sets of ears concentrating on the job in hand."

Styles of production

"Some producers don't know anything about sound. They are just very good musicians, good at sorting out arrangements. As long as there isn't something terribly wrong with it they hardly eveofr seem to comment about the sound. Having said that, there are many more technical producers than there used to be."

By David Mellor Monday July 10, 2006
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