Originally Posted by themensch
The adage "you can't polish a turd" is apt here. Garbage in = garbage out. There is no "fix in the mix" or "fix in mastering" - anyone who tells you otherwise, be they sound engineer or your drummer (why are you listening to a drummer anyway?) is a hack.
Seems like simple advice, but you'd be surprised by the number of people that think computer can fix suck.
Sadly, much engineering today IS about creating performances, not recording them
The best musicians in the world aren't capable of playing at the timing and tuning level that is expected of many of them, due to the fact that even the crappiest band can be edited to perfection timing and tuning wise
What does tone matter anyway if its going to be square wave distorted to max loudness at the mastering stage?
pessimisstic rant over