Well, musically or in terms of recording, “we is what we is” and that’s the reality of the situation. Maybe you’re a great player, maybe you’re not, but you’re playing music. Maybe you’ve engineered platinum records, or are using an all-in-one recorder for the first time as you record a band that’s been together for a week—but you’re engineering. And it’s true, we can’t predict what ought be based on what is: The great player might be in a creative slump, while the band that’s been together a week might make all the right moves and strike gold on its first outing.
And that’s what makes music and recording so fascinating. Trying to create an “ought” from an “is” is something that most philosophers seem to think is an impossibility. So, forget about what ought to be the result from your session, and just think about what is. Establishing expectations and goals—what ought to be—makes sense, and provides a sort of road map. But also understand that what "is" might imply a completely different result, and you need to be sensitive to any new, unexpected directions your music might take you.
So try to cut free from rules, plans, and the way things were done in the past. If you don’t worry about what ought to be and instead concern yourself with what is, how something ought to turn out will take care of itself. —Craig Anderton
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