DISCLAIMER: I'm not an expert in musical production (or know that much about it), so if there's something I need to be corrected on, feel free to let me know. This might be an extremely dumb question, but it was something I was thinking about. Usually, I read about this particular aspect when equalization is mentioned. People say that they don't want to touch an equalizer at all, mainly because it gets in the way and distorts how the original producers and artist intended the music to be. After giving it some thought myself, I've been thinking... how much of music in general is actually presented in exactly the way artists and producers intend? Might sound dumb, but whenever I hear about the artist's intentions, I somewhat feel that implies that ALL music and ALL mastering is created under a completely specific blueprint that was created solely out of a detailed vision, as in a complete experience. I know for certain that there are people out there that have written and created music with a completely detailed vision and idea of what they want to portray, and have put everything they've got into it... but at the same time, not all music is even like that. There's a handful of songs out there that were thrown together without much into it. A few people gathered up the equipment they had, and almost threw a few songs together, some with more thought than others. Granted, I've never truly been in a band, but I can almost picture that a particular group of music is NOT created in the form of "hey, if you do this and that, it will give the feeling of this and that", but rather "hey, I wrote this particular riff/melody, and think it sounds good, let's try it". Then again, I could be completely wrong. Then there's also the equipment used to record. In a traditional "rock band" sense, there's a wide range of guitars, amps, drums, mics, singers, and so on and so forth. If the final product was recorded into an inexpensive microphone, no quality of headphones, amps, or DACs will be able to make it sound like the "real" product, even assuming realism is ideal in the artist's vision for the track. Plus, the same composition can sound quite different with alteration to the equipment, and so on and so forth. (Not to mention that the mastering process can even ruin tracks.) Assuming this is correct, is there really any reason to account for "the intention of the artist" when there's the potential of having a lot of unaddressed variables in the creation progress that almost make the intention nearly null and void? Maybe the question I ought to be asking is, how do we know for sure what the artist is truly intending? Once more, I am not an expert in this, and could be WAY off, but I felt it's worth asking.