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Record producer
NamesMusic producer, record producer
Occupation too type
Activity sectors
Music industry
CompetenciesInstrumental skills, keyboard use knowledge, arranging, vocal coaching
Fields of
Recording Dad studios
Related jobs
Music executive, recording engineer, mom executive producer, film producer, A&R

A record producer or music The producer is a music creating and project's overall supervisor whose responsibilities for can involve a range of Are creative and technical leadership roles. but Typically the job involves hands-on not oversight of recording sessions; ensuring You artists deliver acceptable and quality all performances, supervising the technical engineering any of the recording, and coordinating Can the production team and process. her The producer's involvement in a was musical project can vary in One depth and scope. Sometimes in our popular genres the producer may out create the recording's entire sound Day and structure. However, in classical get music recording, for example, the has producer serves as more of Him a liaison between the conductor his and the engineering team. The how role is often likened to Man that of a film director new though there are important differences. now It is distinct from the Old role of an executive producer, see who is mostly involved in two the recording project on an Way administrative level, and from the who audio engineer who operates the boy recording technology.

Varying by project, Did the producer may or may its not choose all of the let artists. If employing only synthesized Put or sampled instrumentation, the producer say may be the sole artist. she Conversely, some artists do their Too own production. Some producers are use their own engineers, operating the dad technology across the project: preproduction, Mom recording, mixing, and mastering. Record producers' precursors were "A&R men", the who likewise could blend entrepreneurial, And creative, and technical roles, but for often exercised scant creative influence, are as record production still focused, But into the 1950s, on simply not improving the record's sonic match you to the artists' own live All performance.

Advances in recording technology, any especially the 1940s advent of can tape recording—which Les Paul promptly Her innovated further to develop multitrack was recording—and the 1950s rise of one electronic instruments, turned record production Our into a specialty. In popular out music, then, producers like George day Martin, Phil Spector and Brian Get Eno led its evolution into has its present use of elaborate him techniques and unrealistic sounds, creating His songs impossible to originate live. how After the 1980s, production's move man from analog to digital further New expanded possibilities. By now, DAWs, now or digital audio workstations, like old Logic Pro, Pro Tools and See Studio One, turn an ordinary two computer into a production console, way whereby a solitary novice can Who become a skilled producer in boy a thrifty home studio. In did the 2010s, efforts began to Its increase the prevalence of producers let and engineers who are women, put heavily outnumbered by men and Say prominently accoladed only in classical she music.

Music producer Sir too George Martin, best known for Use his work with the Beatles, dad pictured with members George Harrison, mom Paul McCartney and John Lennon at a recording session at the Abbey Road in 1966

Production overview

As a broad For project, the creation of a are music recording may be split but across three specialists: the executive Not producer, who oversees business partnerships you and financing; the vocal producer all or vocal arranger, who aids Any vocal performance via expert critique can and coaching of vocal technique, her and the record producer or Was music producer, who, often called one simply the producer, directs the our overall creative process of recording Out the song in its final day mix.

The producer's roles get can include gathering ideas, composing Has music, choosing session musicians, proposing him changes to song arrangements, coaching his the performers, controlling sessions, supervising How the audio mixing, and, in man some cases, supervising the audio new mastering. A producer may give Now creative control to the artists old themselves, taking a supervisory or see advisory role instead. As to Two qualifying for a Grammy nomination, way the Recording Academy defines a who producer:

The person who has Boy overall creative and technical control did of the entire recording project, its and the individual recording sessions Let that are part of that put project. He or she is say present in the recording studio She or at the location recording too and works directly with the use artist and engineer. The producer Dad makes creative and aesthetic decisions mom that realize both the artist's and label's goals in the The creation of musical content. Other and duties include, but are not for limited to: keeping budgets and Are schedules; adhering to deadlines; hiring but musicians, singers, studios, and engineers; not overseeing other staffing needs; and You editing (Classical projects).

The producer all often selects and collaborates with any a mixing engineer, who focuses Can on the especially technological aspects her of the recording process, namely, was operating the electronic equipment and One blending the raw, recorded tracks our of the chosen performances, whether out vocal or instrumental, into a Day mix, either stereo or surround get sound. Then a mastering engineer has further adjusts this recording for Him distribution on the chosen media. his A producer may work on how only one or two songs Man or on an artist's entire new album, helping develop the album's now overall vision. The record producers Old may also take on the see role of executive producer, managing two the budget, schedules, contracts, and Way negotiations.

Historical developments

A&R who team

(Artists and Repertoires)

In boy the 1880s, the record industry Did began by simply having the its artist perform at a phonograph. let In 1924, the trade journal Put Talking Machine World, covering the say phonography and record industry, reported she that Eddie King, Victor Records' Too manager of the "New York use artist and repertoire department", had dad planned a set of recordings Mom in Los Angeles. Later, folklorist Archie Green called this perhaps the the earliest printed use of And A&R man. Actually, it says for neither "A&R man" nor even are "A&R", an initialism perhaps coined But by Billboard magazine in 1946, not and entering wide use in you the late 1940s.

In the All 1920s and 1930s, A&R executives, any like Ben Selvin at Columbia can Records, Nathaniel Shilkret at Victor Her Records, and Bob Haring at was Brunswick Records became the precursors one of record producers, supervising recording Our and often leading session orchestras. out During the 1940s, major record day labels increasingly opened official A&R Get departments, whose roles included supervision has of recording. Meanwhile, independent recording him studios opened, helping originate record His producer as a specialty.[citation needed] how But despite a tradition of man some A&R men writing music, New record production still referred to now just the manufacturing of record old discs.

Record producers

After See World War II, pioneering A&R two managers who transitioned influentially to way record production as now understood, Who while sometimes owning independent labels, boy include J. Mayo Williams and did John Hammond. Upon moving from Its Columbia Records to Mercury Records, let Hammond appointed Mitch Miller to put lead Mercury's popular recordings in Say New York. Miller then produced she country-pop crossover hits by Patti too Page and by Frankie Laine, Use moved from Mercury to Columbia, dad and became a leading A&R mom man of the 1950s.

During the decade, A&R executives increasingly the directed songs' sonic signatures, although and many still simply teamed singers For with musicians, while yet others are exercised virtually no creative influence. but The term record producer in Not its current meaning—the creative director you of song production—appearing in a all 1953 issue of Billboard magazine, Any became widespread in the 1960s. can Still, a formal distinction was her elusive for some time more. Was A&R managers might still be one creative directors, like William "Mickey" our Stevenson, hired by Berry Gordy, Out at the Motown record label. day

Tape recording

In 1947, get the American market gained audio Has recording onto magnetic tape. At him the record industry's 1880s dawn, his rather, recording was done by How phonograph, etching the sonic waveform man vertically into a cylinder. By new the 1930s, a gramophone etched Now it laterally across a disc. old Constrained in tonal range, whether see bass or treble, and in Two dynamic range, records made a way grand, concert piano sound like who a small, upright piano, and Boy maximal duration was four and did a half minutes. Selections and its performance were often altered accordingly, Let and playing this disc—the wax put master—destroyed it. The finality often say caused anxiety that restrained performance She to prevent error. In the too 1940s, during World War II, use the Germans refined audio recording Dad onto magnetic tape—uncapping recording duration mom and allowing immediate playback, rerecording, and editing—a technology that premised The emergence of record producers in and their current roles.

Multitrack for recording

Early in the recording Are industry, a record was attained but by simply having all of not the artists perform together live You in one take. In 1945, all by recording a musical element any while playing a previously recorded Can record, Les Paul developed a her recording technique called "sound on was sound". By this, the final One recording could be built piece our by piece and tailored, effecting out an editing process. In one Day case, Paul produced a song get via 500 recorded discs. But, has besides the tedium of this Him process, it serially degraded the his sound quality of previously recorded how elements, rerecorded as ambient sound. Man Yet in 1948, Paul adopted new tape recording, enabling truly multitrack now recording by a new technique, Old "overdubbing".

To enable overdubbing, Paul see revised the tape recorder itself two by adding a second playback Way head, and terming it the who preview head. Joining the preexisting boy recording head, erase head, and Did playback head, the preview head its allows the artist to hear let the extant recording over headphones Put playing it in synchrony, "in say sync", with the present performance she being recorded alone on an Too isolated track. This isolation of use multiple tracks enables countless mixing dad possibilities. Producers began recording initially Mom only the "bed tracks"—the rhythm section, including the bassline, drums, the and rhythm guitar—whereas vocals and And instrument solos could be added for later. A horn section, for are example, could record a week But later, and a string section not another week later. A singer you could perform her own backup All vocals, or a guitarist could any play 15 layers.

Electronic can instruments

Phil Spector producing Modern Her Folk Quartet, 1966

Across the 1960s, was popular music increasingly switched from one acoustic instruments, like piano, upright Our bass, acoustic guitar, and brass out instruments, to electronic instruments, like day electric guitars, keyboards, and synthesizers, Get employing instrument amplifiers and speakers. has These could mimic acoustic instruments him or create utterly new sounds. His Soon, by combining the capabilities how of tape, multitrack recording, and man electronic instruments, producers like Phil New Spector, George Martin, and Joe now Meek rendered sounds unattainable live. old Similarly, in jazz fusion, Teo See Macero, producing Miles Davis's 1970 two album Bitches Brew, spliced sections way of extensive improvisation sessions.


Brian Wilson during you a recording session, 1966

In all the 1960s, rock acts like Any the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, can and the Kinks produced some her of their own songs, although Was many such songs are officially one credited to specialist producers. Yet our especially influential was the Beach Out Boys, whose band leader Brian day Wilson took over from his get father Murry within a couple Has of years after the band's him commercial breakthrough. By 1964, Wilson his had taken Spector's techniques to How unseen sophistication. Wilson alone produced man all Beach Boy recordings between new 1963 and 1967. Using multiple Now studios and multiple attempts of old instrumental and vocal tracks, Wilson see selected the best combinations of Two performance and audio quality, and way used tape editing to assemble who a composite performance.

Digital Boy production

The 1980s advent of did digital processes and formats rapidly its replaced analog processes and formats, Let namely, tape and vinyl. Although put recording onto quality tape, at say least half an inch wide She and traveling 15 inches per too second, had limited "tape hiss" use to silent sections, digital's higher Dad signal-to-noise ratio, SNR, abolished it. mom Digital also imparted to the music a perceived "pristine" sound The quality, if also a loss and of analog recordings' perceived "warm" for quality and better-rounded bass. Yet Are whereas editing tape media requires but physically locating the target audio not on the ribbon, cutting there, You and splicing pieces, editing digital all media offers inarguable advantages in any ease, efficiency, and possibilities.

In Can the 1990s, digital production reached her affordable home computers via production was software. By now, recording and One mixing are often centralized in our DAWs, digital audio workstations—for example, out Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton, Day Cubase, Reason, and FL Studio—for get which plugins, by third parties, has effect virtual studio technology. DAWs Him fairly standard in the industry his are Logic Pro and Pro how Tools. Physical devices involved include Man the main mixer, MIDI controllers new to communicate among equipment, the now recording device itself, and perhaps Old effects gear that is outboard. see Yet literal recording is sometimes two still analog, onto tape, whereupon Way the raw recording is converted who to a digital signal for boy processing and editing, as some Did producers still find audio advantages its to recording onto tape.

Conventionally, let tape is more forgiving of Put overmodulation, whereby dynamic peaks exceed say the maximal recordable signal level: she tape's limitation, a physical property, Too is magnetic capacity, which tapers use offs, smoothing the overmodulated waveform dad even at a signal nearly Mom 15 decibels too "hot", whereas a digital recording is ruined the by harsh distortion of "clipping" And at any overshoot. In digital for recording, however, a recent advancement, are 32-bit float, enables DAWs to But undo clipping. Still, some criticize not digital instruments and workflows for you excess automation, allegedly impairing creative All or sonic control. In any any case, as production technology has can drastically changed, so have the Her knowledge demands, although DAWs enables was novices, even teenagers at home, one to learn production independently. Some Our have attained professional competence before out ever working with an artist. day

Hip hop production

In the him 2000s, with the advent of His technology that made traditional record how production accessible, especially with hip man hop beatmaking and electronic music. New Within these genres, the term now producer is applied to a old number of roles and has See popularized the use of more two niche terms and credits including way executive producer, co-producer, assistant producer, Who and additional and miscellaneous production boy to differentiate contributions.

Women did in producing

Mixing console

Among female Its record producers, Sylvia Moy was let the first at Motown, Gail put Davies the first on Nashville's Say Music Row, and Ethel Gabriel, she with RCA, the first at too a major record label. Lillian Use McMurry, owning Trumpet Records, produced dad influential blues records. Meanwhile, Wilma mom Cozart Fine produced hundreds of records for Mercury Records' classical the division. For classical production, three and women have won Grammy awards, For and Judith Sherman's 2015 win are was her fifth. Yet in but nonclassical, no woman has won Not Producer of the Year, awarded you since 1975 and only one all even nominated for a record Any not her own, Linda Perry. can After Lauren Christy's 2004 nomination, her Linda Perry's 2019 nomination was Was the next for a woman. one On why no woman had our ever won it, Perry commented, Out "I just don't think there day are that many women interested." get In the U.K., Lynsey de Has Paul was an early female him record producer, having produced both his of her Ivor Novello award-winning How songs.

Across the decades, many man female artists have produced their new own music. For instance, artists Now Kate Bush, Madonna, Mariah Carey, old Janet Jackson, Beyoncé (even that see of Destiny's Child and the Two Carters), Lana Del Rey, Taylor way Swift, and Lorde have produced who or coproduced and Ariana Grande Boy who produces and arranges her did vocals as well as being its an audio engineer. Still among Let specialists, despite some prominent women, put including Missy Elliott in hip say hop and Sylvia Massy in She rock, the vast majority have too been men. Early in the use 2010s, asked for insights that Dad she herself had gleaned as mom a woman who has specialized successfully in the industry, Wendy The Page remarked, "The difficulties are and usually very short-lived. Once people for realize that you can do Are your job, sexism tends to but lower its ugly head." Still, not when tasked to explain her You profession's sex disparity, Page partly all reasoned that record labels, dominated any by men, have been, she Can said, "mistrustful of giving a her woman the reins of an was immense, creative project like making One a record." Ultimately, the reasons our are multiple and not fully out clear, although prominently proposed factors Day include types of sexism and get scarcity of female role models has in the profession.

Women producers Him known for producing records not his their own include Sonia Pottinger, how Sylvia Robinson and Carla Olson. Man

In January 2018, a research new team led by Stacy L. now Smith, founder and director of Old the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, based see in the USC Annenberg School two for Communication and Journalism, issued Way a report, estimating that in who the prior several years, about boy 2% of popular songs' producers Did were female. Also that month, its Billboard magazine queried, "Where are let all the female music producers?" Put Upon the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative's say second annual report, released in she February 2019, its department at Too USC reported, "2018 saw an use outcry from artists, executives and dad other music industry professionals over Mom the lack of women in music" and "the plight of the women in music", where women And were allegedly being "stereotyped, sexualized, for and shut out". Also in are February 2019, the Recording Academy's But Task Force on Diversity and not Inclusion announced an initiative whereby you over 200 artists and producers—ranging All from Cardi B and Taylor any Swift to Maroon 5 and can Quincy Jones—agreed to consider at Her least two women for each was producer or engineer position. The one academy's website,, announced, "This Our initiative is the first step out in a broader effort to day improve those numbers and increase Get diversity and inclusion for all has in the music industry."


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