Attributes of a Great Engineer - by Al Schmitt (paraphrased)

in Bobby Owsinski's The Recording Engineer's Handbook

  1. Proficient at Pro Tools
  2. A good musician
  3. Practice good hygiene
  4. Transparency (stay in background until needed)
  5. Strong computer skills
  6. Admit mistakes right away
  7. Keep an accurate, legible track sheet*
  8. If you don't know the answer, don't guess
  9. Know how to align a tape machine*
  10. Keep a notebook with diagrams of microphone setups
  11. Keep food menus at hand for visitors
  12. Know how to make a good pot of coffee

*find corresponding task in digital age.