Mike Monte wrote:.
I have performed in situations where the soundman truly feels that his gear is his instrument and that he-knows-what-it-should-sound-like.
Not all music is rock'n roll.
I'd have a slight quibble with this in that a good tech should know what the aim is ( in the his case, the acoustic sound but balanced and appropriate to the venue/occasion) and then it's a very good thing that the tech "knows-what-it-should-sound-like", etc.
But I do take your point 100% and am being pedantic.
I tend to work with folky stuff and observe that some people, including musicians who mix themselves, sometimes go for a very unnatural parody of their acoustic sound which is invariably more difficult to mix.
I'm looking mostly at you, fiddle players.