I've just spent the last hour after being in the studio, watching the first half of this seminar SAE held with Bryan Michael Cox and his engineer Sam Thomas.
If you're an aspiring producer, engineer or just a fan of music production, you will undoubtedly appreciate these videos. From what I've seen so far, it is one of the most educational and informative production videos I have come across.
Two parts I found really interesting:
B.Cox discusses the downside of getting caught in a particular sound. His personal example is the criticism he caught around the time of "Burn" and "Be Without You", where a&r's would come to him for a remake of that those hits and he took alot of the work because of the money, but doing so can often result in a producer quickly burning out.
Towards the end of the video he provides some trivia on established artists hating some of their biggest records. Apparently Usher hated "Yeah", Boyz II Men also hated "End Of The Road" and Ginuwine disliked "Stingy" so much that he refused to a shoot a video for it.
In Pt. 2 B.Cox demonstrates making a track on the spot amongst other shit.
As previously mentioned, if you have some spare time, I highly recommend checking this out.