My lead guitar(d)/singer got a birthday present from his wife of a session for our band at a recording studio. Very cool, right? We rehearsed carefully, went, and laid down six tunes. It went well. The guitarist got all the digital files and brought them back to his house, and mixed a CD, which sounds pretty good, if I do say so. That said, there are a few things - not many! - that could be changed to clean it up and have an even better product. None of the other band members have any extensive experience in editing, audio, or any sort of production, pre- or post. I do. I have volunteered to do this, on my own time. What's not to like? The problem is this: I have asked him several times, politely, to give me a copy of the files so I can work on them. I didn't say the product was poor, or that he did a crappy job putting it together (with his limited experience - which I did NOT say!), just that I'd like to see if I might play with them and see if I could perhaps polish them up a bit. He acknowledges that there ARE parts that could use some massaging. As yet, he won't relinquish them. He wrote most of the songs we did. That is, he came up with the concept (changes, lyrics), and the rest of us "wrote" our parts to make it work, so in my mind, at least, we share some sort of ownership of the material. The others in the band - drummer and rhythm player - agree that improvements could be made, and they are content with me doing it. The guitarist is quite honestly a very gifted guy, and the stuff he comes up with is good. Nobody wants to piss the guy off, because he is a gentle soul as well. We started out as a democracy and have had a lot of success doing it that way, but it seems he's guarding this thing as if its his alone. We have the opportunity to use the CD for promos, possibly even to sell. I feel uncomfortable putting it out there with the errors *I* hear which could be easily fixed, without having to go back into the studio. It would be that easy to do. I understand he may feel like it is his baby, seeing as it was his birthday present, and if that's what it is, fine. BUT, if we're going to use it outside of ourselves, the changes *should* be made. A number of people have heard it and want copies, etc. We have even had a couple offers for gigs, notwithstanding the slip-ups! How can I get him to let me do what needs to be done?