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Can A Producer Be a Musician?
Of-course Yes! Especially those who make the transition from being a musician (with good knowledge about recording).
But then there are some who are more interested in the business aspect, more than actually playing a music instrument or singing.
That is why there are so many successful music producers, who really don’t make their own music. However, they are good at working with recording professionals, industry executives and reliable musicians to complete a recording project.
Even though, most of us think that a music producer means someone who is a songwriter, is a musician, and also knows about music recording & production, its not really true (though that person may have the skills in all these areas).
Because the skills & efforts involved in managing a big recording project are very demanding, usually someone who works on creating the music isn’t typically considered a producer.
What Does a Music Producer Do?
So assuming you end up becoming a professional music producer, what would your day look like? What are the tasks you would mostly be involved in?
A Music Producer’s job basically is to guide through the process of making a song or record. It starts with the pre-production stage where you would discuss with the client as to what exactly he/she is trying to achieve musically and go going through all the materials for your project in great detail.
Some of the topics that you’ll try to finalize in pre-production are:
- The Key for the Song
- What sort of Song Arrangement should be used
- who would be the Target Audience
- Review the Lyrics
- What Musicians will be needed
- what sort of studio (with what equipment) will be needed for the recording.
- Last but not the least – Budget
Once, you have a good idea of what needs to be done, a realistic budget is established. Once the budget thing is discussed & sorted out, you just need to focus on the creative aspects of making a record can everyone involved can actually work in a more productive environment.
Why Do People Hire a Music Producer?
Because, not every musician, or everyone who is interested in music wants to learn about music production, or are interested in recording, the way they are passionate about music.
They would prefer someone with the relevant experience to take up that job. And that is why most hire a professional Music Producer, in-spite of the fact that it adds to the overall expense in the recording process.
An experienced record producer can save you hundreds (even thousands) of dollars in terms of wastage of studio time. He/she can also help you reach your true potential as an artist.
It’s very easy to get overwhelmed with the actual recording work (if you really don’t enjoy it). Having an experienced producer alongside makes the entire recording less daunting, more creative and much more enjoyable.
When looking to hire a record producer, make sure he/she has experience to backup his/her knowledge, and also has produced in the genre of music that you’re interested in.
The best producers in the business:
- Have good connections within the music industry
- Know how to market music
- Can place your music on a compilation
- Can get Club, Radio DJ’s to play your music
- Get your music distributed by local and international distributors
Types of Producers
I did mention that in big projects, the producers & the musicians are usually separate people/teams. And when you talk about producers, that itself can mean different things in the music industry.
Here are the different types of producers that you would come across in the music industry.
Executive Producer: Responsible for funding the recording project and making sure the project sis completed within budget. They are the bridge between the record label and the recording artists, and make sure the project makes sense financially from a business perspective.
Music Producer: This is what we all identify with. He/she spends most of their time creating or arranging music for the recording project. They guys have a strong background in music theory (some have degrees in music theory or music composition from established universities and colleges). On some projects, the music producer may also be given the task of communicating between the artists and the record label executives (which is actually quite a difficult task than what many think).
Engineering Producer: He is the guy who understands all the technical aspects of the recording studio (compared to the other two types), be it how to work with the recording console, setup the microphones for recording, use the recording software efficiently and effectively, make the music sound great (from an engineer’s perspective), and keep the recording project organized. Most engineering producers usually start their career as mixing engineers or assistant engineers to record label producers.
Many years ago, leave aside the cost part, it was even difficult to find the right set of people who knew how to produce music from scratch.
The equipment used were many, and very few knew how to use them.
No wonder that recording songs was such a costly affair; almost to the tune of around 10 to 50 thousand dollars.
And the only way you could get your songs recorded was if you could cut a deal with some major recording company. That meant, you would need to visit the major studios and try to get one of the top executives to hear your demo.
Things Have Changed
Things have definitely changed for the better, and with computers becoming faster and affordable, you can easily create top quality recordings at a fraction of the cost – probably for even less than a couple of thousand bucks.
In addition to the computer, you need a few more recording equipment and software, and once you have those in place, the only thing that will stop you from making top quality songs is “lack of practice”.
Just buying those studio equipment doesn’t guarantee great results; you need to learn how to use them, and how to get the best out of them.
Rise of the Home Studio
Space, and even budget, is not a constraint nowadays when it comes to setting up your own home music recording studio.
You can choose the equipment based on the constraints you may have, and still build a fully functional studio.
We will help you build your own recording studio, for a reasonable budget, where you can give shape to all your music ideas.
You will find all the information / techniques that you need to put together a home studio that produces sound that can rival almost any professional studio sound; and that too at a fraction of the cost.
Beginners as well as experienced audio professionals will find something useful to take away from our free lessons.
Steps to Producing Your Own Music
Here are simple steps to follow to produce your own music.
That is all to it actually.
There are many who get on to the path of becoming a dance music producer with nothing but a computer. You don’t have to shell out tons of money and buy expensive equipment for your production studio.
Don Multiple Hats
The best part about setting up your own music studio is that you get to wear different hats.
You play the roles of:
You have complete control over the creative process, and can influence how the end-result would sound.
But in order to be successful and to make a career in this line of work, you need to have patience and keep working at honing your skills.
Urge to Create
Almost every music enthusiast, hobbyist, serious music student, music instrumentalist, feel the urge to make and produce music at some point in time.
Then there are some experienced musicians, who hate to pay someone else to produce and arrange their music.
The other set of people include those who want to build their own studio, or into producing audio for video, film, or podcasts.
If you fit in one of these categories, or just feel the urge to create something from scratch, then you are at the right place and in the company of good people.
The only thing that stands between you and the masters is simply knowledge and experience!