What Is A Producer?
The music producer is to a record (CD) what a director would be to a film. The producer directs the entire operation of recording and readying the song(s) for release. The producer is responsible to get the performances recorded and the technical work done on the release, within the deadline and within the budget. The job is both creative and technical. For an overview of the job, see Cornbread's tip on the subject, The Role Of The Producer. The primary areas that a producer has to supervise operations can include: 1. The Song: The song needs to be something that would have broad public appeal when marketed in the style of the artist. 2. Talent Performance: The musicianship, the arrangement and the lead vocal performance must be of the highest quality. 3. Recording: The recording has to be done competently and be of the best quality. 4. Mixing & Mastering: The blending of the instrument sounds needs to be expertly done so that the performances are enhanced and the final product has a competitive sound. 5. Test Marketing & Promotion: The release must be marketed and promoted through traditional, Internet and specialty sales outlets, and the producer can be called upon to supervise or help direct initial marketing and promotions of the release. Supervision At A Minimum
The trick of being a producer is to have the final result, the final production, in "one's head" as work starts and progresses on the production. The producer is the "keeper of the vision" and works to make sure that everything is moving towards getting that final product that is envisioned. At a minimum the producer must direct others to complete the tasks, so an overview knowledge of all the essential production steps must be present in the person who is the producer. To accomplish the best production, the producer chooses the tune to be produced and demands rewrites if improvement in the tune is needed. The producer will get the talent (like the vocalist) to...
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