Your palate for how you sound is open wide, and if you choose everyone correctly, on average, you should come out with a better, more polished recording than the average band.
Maybe this band was a bit limited by their abilities! httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPln2_yZ8wQ
Ahh… but how do you choose. This is where a great producer comes in. If you find the right producer, you’re only looking for one person… not 3-6 (or more!). Producers who specialize in solo artists should have access to a wide range of musicians able to handle any style, and musicians who excel in one style, and know who is going to be right to bring in for the project. They should have a working history so they can realistically know how long it will take to work out the parts and lay them down, so you can get an accurate picture of the budget.
If you play an instrument yourself… say keys or guitar… it can save a lot of time and $$$ in the studio, as you may be laying down the most definitive musical track… but if you are a singer who doesn’t play (or doesn’t play well), don’t despair… while costs could be a little more, you have one less musician who’s “weaknesses” you have to worry about, and you can have the best players front to back giving you your own sound.
As a solo artist, one of the top questions you should be asking a producer is: Do you know the right musicians to handle my project? Don’t let them get away with a simple “sure”… prod them for details… How fast do they work? What do they charge? How adaptable are they? The answers aren’t as important as the producer’s reply. If he stumbles, watch out… if he is ready to talk clearly about this major need of yours, you may have found the guy who makes your recording vision a reality!
And if your producer really is the right guy, you save money on the musicians. They will quote better rates, and possibly even work on a flat fee per song when they already know how the producer works and enjoy working with him!