People seem to be making a point of the distinction of the role of Engineer and Producer. What's the difference?
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The engineer is the "equipment operator". His expertise is choosing the right equipment for the job and using it in the right way to achieve the desired effect. His role is analogous to that of the cameraman in film production.
The producer is kind of like a project manager. His job is to get all the individuals - musicians, vocalists, engineers - to each do their part to achieve the overall goal.
Producer says: "Make the bass beat phatter". The engineer does it.