I play in a band where there is no common language that everybody understand.
I proposed that I will setup a home studio, using only hardware that we all already own.
I invested several months reading all the user manuals, getting info (which mics, headphone amps, audio interfaces, mixers).
Then I came up with a plan how to connect it all to be able to record 20 tracks to a PC in parallel.
Then I started recording trial takes with other band members and it all went just fine.
Now comes the singer and says, I know nothing about all this technical stuff.
Therefore I appoint a friend of mine who tells me he's an expert sound engineer, and he will manage you and everybody else on my behalf.
I've set up a WhatsApp group and since June I'm writing there what are we planning, how we will connect the equipment etc.
To date, the guy hasn't written a single word, even though he's reading it all.
Also when I address him in person, he is silent and consistently keeps ignoring me.
Recently the singer told me "the guy said we are all set up and ready to go".
No information is available what is going on and what the guy is planning.
Most likely, by the little info I've got, he's planning to use a mixer to put all instruments into one stereo mix and that's it- like in a rehearsal room.
Man, am I frustrated or what?
Every attempt to communicate is a failure.
THIS: I explain what's the difference between taking 20 instruments and committing them to a rough mix versus having 20 separate tracks that you can mix later on.
It all falls on deaf ears.
No one has enough language skills to understand that one sentence (where I wrote THIS).
I think it adds insult to injury when the singer says "why do you have to be so bitter about this? Just shut up and play when you're told to".
My next step is to explain all this to a guy who can talk to all these guys in their mother tongue.
It that doesn't help, I guess I will leave the band.