From start to finish, Gual will be with you every step of the way to guide the overall creative and technical control of the entire recording project, and the individual recording sessions that are part of that project. He is present in the recording studio or at the location recording and works directly with the artists and engineers. Gual can help make creative and aesthetic decisions that realize both the artist's and label's goals in the creation of musical content. Other duties include, but are not limited to; keeping budgets and schedules, adhering to deadlines, hiring musicians, singers, studios and engineers, overseeing other staffing needs and editing.
Gual often selects and collaborates with a mixing engineer, who focuses on the especially technological aspects of the recording process, namely, operating the electronic equipment and blending the raw, recorded tracks of the chosen performances, whether vocal or instrumental, into a ''mix,'' either stereo or surround sound. Then a mastering engineer further adjusts this recording for distribution on the chosen media.
Mastering requires critical listening; however, hardware and software tools exist to facilitate the process. Results depend upon the intent of the engineer, the skills of the engineer, the accuracy of the speaker monitors, and the listening environment. Currently, all projects are mastered out-of-house by skilled professionals.