So my band is recording just a simple 3 song demo with a guy we know locally. We've heard some recordings he did for a few other bands and they're amazing. WAY better than any other "local" recording we've ever heard. With a background myself in being an engineer and "producer" in some cases, I used to be the go-to guy for my band when recording. This time around I felt the syndrome of being a musician AND engineer. It's impossible to find a good CD sound when you write the music, then try to record and mix it yourself. So I just said "to hell with it" and agreed that we all go to someone else, where we're all in the same boat of just being musicians, where the most work was tracking. Easy, right? Wrong. It SEEMS as if what we've been doing is just a disaster. The guy we're working with seems to be the most stubborn ADD ridden guy I've met when at the controls of his studio. (Note: I have ADD so that wasn't a shot at anyone else with it.) He keeps telling us all over and over that if we don't like something just let him know and he'll do what needs to be done. GREAT. The ONE complaint I actually had about any part of the recording (naturally) was my bass. He seems to think that NO MATTER WHAT, my bass must be at least a bit distorted. To humor him, I track a song with the distortion on. To those who wonder, I was using a Russian Big Muff. Yeah. Pretty chunky to be "slightly" distorted. I say "well honestly I think this part would sound A LOT better with no distortion." Ooh ouch. Now comes the "iffy" feeling. OurGuy: Trust me dude. Seriously you have no idea. Every bass you've ever heard has at least some distortion on the tracking. Me(inner monologue): I can name MANY that don't. In fact my first favorite band... Incubus. Hmm. I digress and let him have his way becuase what I did was partially trusting that he'd make everything sound great. The part that wasn't trusting was basically so he wouldn't turn into a dick and say "FINE have it YOUR way" and just stop caring about what our stuff sounded like. The only reason I'm afraid of this is becuase the guy is only 19, like me... and I KNOW he's not as deeply educated in recording as I am. I HATE to sound pushy with this considering I'm nowhere NEAR professional. (being my reason to post... becuase so many of you guys I respect very much for your knowledge) It just seems iffy when someone tells me how my bass is supposed to sound. Age has no demeanor when finding the "right" bass sound. I don't even need to begin on tone here. Now that I'm done ranting to the community that I feel our guy is on a slightly un-educated power-trip, how do I solve it? This goes beyond engineering and knowledge of sound reproduction and mixing. I need to know how to personally deal with this without pissing him off. I don't consider myself a mean person, but what can I do to make it clear that I am not happy with what he's wanting? What's the most professional way to tell the person in charge of your recording that this is not how you want people to hear you? In his defense, he may look at us as the "common" musician who comes in and basically tells the engineer how everything is "supposed" to sound while listening over his shoulder at the board. How do I basically say no without sacrificing a great demo?