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The client comes in with someone who isn't a part of the project, both sit down, and when I come back from getting an extra coffee mug, they start personally attacking me and our profession by telling 1) that they hate EQ and compression 2) mastering always makes mixes worse and 3) pancakes 4) they don't even understand why this has to be done.
This goes on for minutes, and I barely get to say anything (and I didn't yet play a single second of the work I had already done for them while they were 1,5 hours late). The situation is so weird that I eventually had to stand up, raise my voice a little and ask them why they were so hostile since I was there to make their record sound better? I also told them that if by the end of the day they felt the mixes sound better, I would have no trouble assembling a master out of the mixes alone.
This calmed down the clients a little, and I started playing them what I had done so far.
"Hear? The mix balance has not changed a bit, the tracks alone just sound a touch better and the beginning of the album is more cohesive. The limiter takes away a few odd peaks here and there, and all of the dynamics is still there."
After a few more questions like "are you going to change the sound of the snare drum" and "don't touch the panning" (all of these questions were answered with the same answer of "no, and I can't even do that") the situation finally calmed down.
The rest of the day went better, but my personal flow was gone, and if I don't accept a jelly donut the other guy offered me, you know things are bad.
OK, I just had to get if off my chest. I am always polite to my clients, but this time I had to take control of the situation. It is strange to see a 60+ professional musician start attacking me in front of my eyes. At the end of the day while they were walking out with their refs, they seemed relieved and thought the record sounds good - "even if we were a little hostile at first".
Over and out.
Last Edited By: viitalahde Nov 10 16 4:05 PM. Edited 1 time