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Record producer
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A recording all session in Denmark
Occupation
NamesRecord producer, music Any producer
Occupation type
Profession
Activity sectors
Music Industry
Description
CompetenciesInstrumental skills, can keyboard knowledge, songwriting, arranging, vocal her coaching
Fields of
employment
Recording Studios
Related jobs
Recording engineer, Was executive producer, film producer, A&R
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A record producer or music our producer oversees and manages the Out sound recording and production of day a band or performer's music, get which may range from recording Has one song to recording a him lengthy concept album. A producer his has many, varying roles during How the recording process. They may man gather musical ideas for the new project, collaborate with the artists Now to select cover tunes or old original songs by the artist/group, see work with artists and help Two them to improve their songs, way lyrics or arrangements.

A producer who may also:

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The producer typically supervises the She entire process from preproduction, through too to the sound recording and use mixing stages, and, in some Dad cases, all the way to mom the audio mastering stage. The producer may perform these roles The themselves, or help select the and engineer, and provide suggestions to for the engineer. The producer may Are also pay session musicians and but engineers and ensure that the not entire project is completed within You the record label's budget.

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Function

A record producer has or music producer has a Him very broad role in overseeing his and managing the recording and how production of a band or Man performer's music. A producer has new many roles that may include, now but are not limited to, Old gathering ideas for the project, see composing the music for the two project, selecting songs or session Way musicians, proposing changes to the who song arrangements, coaching the artist boy and musicians in the studio, Did controlling the recording sessions, and its supervising the entire process through let audio mixing (recorded music) and, Put in some cases, to the say audio mastering stage. Producers also she often take on a wider Too entrepreneurial role, with responsibility for use the budget, schedules, contracts, and dad negotiations.

Writer Chris Deville explains Mom it, "Sometimes a producer functions like a creative consultant — the someone who helps a band And achieve a certain aesthetic, or for who comes up with the are perfect violin part to complement But the vocal melody, or who not insists that a chorus should you actually be a bridge. Other All times a producer will build any a complete piece of music can from the ground up and Her present the finished product to was a vocalist, like Metro Boomin one supplying Future with readymade beats Our or Jack Antonoff letting Taylor out Swift add lyrics and melody day to an otherwise-finished “Out Of Get The Woods.”

The artist of has an album may not be him a record producer or music His producer for his/her album. While how both contribute creatively, the official man credit of "record producer" may New depend on the record contract. now Christina Aguilera, for example, did old not receive record producer credits See until many albums into her two career.

In the 2010s, the way recording industry has three kinds Who of producers with different roles: boy executive producer, vocal producer and did music producer. Executive producers oversee Its project finances, Vocal Producers also let known as vocal arrangers oversees put the vocal production, while music Say producers oversee the creative process she of recording songs or albums. too

In most cases the music Use producer is also a competent dad arranger, composer, musician or songwriter mom who can bring fresh ideas to a project. As well the as making any songwriting and and arrangement adjustments, the producer often For selects or gives suggestions to are the mixing engineer, who takes but the raw recorded tracks and Not edits and modifies them with you hardware and software tools and all creates a stereo or surround Any sound "mix" of all the can individual voices sounds and instruments, her which is in turn given Was further adjustment by a mastering one engineer. The producer will also our liaise with the recording engineer Out who concentrates on the technical day aspects of recording, whereas the get executive producer keeps an eye Has on the overall project's marketability. him

Noted producer Phil Ek described his his role as "the person How who creatively guides or directs man the process of making a new record", like a director would Now a movie. Indeed, in Bollywood old music, the designation is actually see music director. The music producer's Two job is to create, shape, way and mold a piece of who music. The scope of responsibility Boy may be one or two did songs or an artist's entire its album – in which case Let the producer will typically develop put an overall vision for the say album and how the various She songs may interrelate.

History

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At the beginning of record use industry, the producer role was Dad technically limited to record, in mom one shot, artists performing live. The immediate predecessors to record The producers were the artists and and repertoire executives of the late for 1920s and 1930s who oversaw Are the "pop" product and often but led session orchestras. That was not the case of Ben Selvin You at Columbia Records, Nathaniel Shilkret all at Victor Records and Bob any Haring at Brunswick Records. By Can the end of the 1930s, her the first professional recording studios was not owned by the major One companies were established, essentially separating our the roles of A&R man out and producer, although it wouldn't Day be until the late 1940s get when the term "producer" became has widely used in the industry. Him

The role of producers changed his progressively over the 1950s and how 1960s due to technological developments. Man The development of multitrack recording new caused a major change in now the recording process. Before multitracking, Old all the elements of a see song (lead vocals, backup vocals, two rhythm section instrument accompaniment, solos Way and orchestral parts) had to who be performed simultaneously. All of boy these singers and musicians had Did to be assembled in a its large studio and the performance let had to be recorded. With Put multitrack recording, the "bed tracks" say (rhythm section accompaniment parts such she as the bassline, drums, and Too rhythm guitar could be recorded use first, and then the vocals dad and solos could be added Mom later, using as many "takes" (or attempts) as it took. the As well, for a song And that used 20 instruments, it for was no longer necessary to are get all the players in But the studio at the same not time. A pop band could you record their backing tracks one All week, and then a horn any section could be brought in can a week later to add Her horn shots and punches, and was then a string section could one be brought in a week Our after that.

Multitrack recording had out another profound effect on music day production: it enabled producers and Get audio engineers to create new has sounds that would be impossible him in a live performance style His ordering. Examples include the psychedelic how rock sound effects of the man 1960s, e.g. playing back the New sound of recorded instruments backward now changing the tape to produce old unique sound effects. During the See same period, the instruments of two popular music began to shift way from the acoustic instruments of Who traditional music (piano, upright bass, boy acoustic guitar, strings, brass and did wind instruments) to electric piano, Its electronic organ, synthesizer, electric bass let and electric guitar. These new put instruments were electric or electronic, Say and thus they used instrument she amplifiers and speaker enclosures (speaker too cabinets) to create sound.

Electric Use and electronic instruments and amplifiers dad enabled performers and producers to mom change the tone and sound of instruments to produce unique the electric sounds that would be and impossible to achieve with acoustic For instruments and live performers, such are as having a singer do but her own backup vocals or Not having a guitarist play 15 you layers of backing parts to all her own solo.

New technologies Any like multitracking changed the goal can of recording: A producer could her blend together multiple takes and Was edit together different sections to one create the desired sound. For our example, in jazz fusion Bandleader-composer Out Miles Davis' album Bitches Brew, day the producer cut and edited get sections together from extensive improvisation Has sessions.

Phil Spector him producing Modern Folk Quartet, 1966
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Producers like Phil Spector and How George Martin were soon creating man recordings that were, in practical new terms, almost impossible to realize Now in live performance. Producers became old creative figures in the studio. see Other examples of such engineers Two includes Joe Meek, Teo Macero, way Brian Wilson, and Biddu.

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Another related phenomenon in its the 1960s was the emergence Let of the performer-producer. As pop put acts like The Beatles, The say Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys She and The Kinks gained expertise too in studio recording techniques, many use of these groups eventually took Dad over as (frequently uncredited) producers mom of their own work. Many recordings by acts such as The The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and and The Who are officially for credited to their various producers Are at the time, but a but number of these performers have not since asserted that many of You their recordings in this period all were, either wholly self-produced (e.g. any The Rolling Stones' Decca recordings) Can or collaborations between the group her and their recording engineer (e.g. was The Small Faces' Immediate recordings, One which were made with Olympic our Studios engineer Glyn Johns).

The out Beach Boys are probably the Day best example of the trend get of artists becoming producers – has within two years of the Him band's commercial breakthrough, group leader his Brian Wilson had taken over how from his father Murry, and Man he was the sole producer new of all their recordings between now 1963 and 1967. Alongside The Old Beatles and Martin, Wilson also see pioneered many production innovations – two by 1964 he had developed Way Spector's techniques to a new who level of sophistication, using multiple boy studios and multiple "takes" of Did instrumental and vocal components to its capture the best possible combinations let of sound and performance, and Put then using tape editing extensively say to assemble a perfect composite she performance from these elements.

At Too the end of the 20th use century, digital recording and producing dad tools, then widespread availability of Mom relatively affordable computers with music software made music producing more the accessible.

Women and Record And Producing

According to a 2018 for study by the USC Annenberg are Inclusion Initiative, "The ratio of But male to female producers across not 300 popular songs is 49 you to 1."

They also discovered All only 2 percent of music any producers are women. In 2019, can The Recording Academy's Task Force Her on Diversity and Inclusion announced was the "Producer & Engineer Inclusion one Initiative." This initiative asks musicians, Our record labels, studios and others out to consider at least two day women for each producer or Get engineer position. Major artists, producers has and organizations have signed on him including Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, His Quincy Jones, Pearl Jam, John how Legend, Pharrell Williams, Pink, Cardi man B, Maroon 5 and over New 200 others.

In 2019, record now producer Linda Perry was nominated old for a Grammy for Producer See of the Year, Non-Classical. She two was the first woman in way over 15 years to be Who nominated for the award. Previous boy nominees include Lauren Christy (2004), did Sheryl Crowe, Lauryn Hill and Its Janet Jackson. None have won let the award.

In the classical put music field, Judith Sherman has Say won Grammy for Producer of she the Year, Classical, three times too and been nominated twelve times. Use Wilma Cozart Fine produced hundreds dad of recordings for Mercury Records. mom

Producer Wendy Page describes being a record producer, "The difficulties the are usually very short-lived. Once and people realize that you can For do your job, sexism tends are to lower its ugly head. but I tend to create a Not happy studio 'family' where everyone you is glad to be there, all especially the artist. Good communication Any and diplomacy usually sort any can little problems out."

The path her to record producing for many Was female singer/songwriters is through self-producing one their own albums. Major artists our who are "record producers" (on Out their own albums) include Mariah day Carey, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Toni get Braxton, Lady Gaga, P!nk, Adele, Has Lauren Hill, and Missy Elliot. him

Notable women record producers his (who produce other artists)

Equipment and technology

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Mixing console.

There are did numerous technologies utilized by record its producers. In modern-day recordings, recording Let and mixing tasks are commonly put centralized within computers using digital say audio workstations such as Pro She Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton, Cubase, too and FL Studio, which all use are often used with third Dad party virtual studio technology plugins. mom Logic Pro and Pro Tools are considered the industry standard The DAWs. However, there is also and the main mixer, outboard effects for gear, MIDI controllers, and the Are recording device itself.

While most but music production is done using not sophisticated software, some musicians and You producers prefer the minutiae of all older analog technology. Professor Albin any Zak claims that the increased Can automation of both newer processes her and newer instruments reduces the was level of control and manipulation One available to musicians and producers. our

Studio application

Production has out changed drastically over the years Day with advancing technology. Where the get producer's role has changed, they has have always been seen as Him a jack of all trades, his as their duties require a how broad knowledge of the recording Man process.

Tracking is the act new of recording audio to a now DAW (digital audio workstation) or Old in some cases to tape. see Even though digital technologies have two widely supplanted the use of Way tape in studios, the older who term "track" is still used boy in the 2010s. Tracking audio Did is primarily the role of its the audio engineer. Producers work let side by side with the Put artists while they play or say sing their part and coach she them on how to perform Too it and how to get use the best technical accuracy (e.g., dad intonation). In some cases, the Mom producer will even sing a backup vocal or play an the instrument.

Many artists are also And beginning to produce and write for their own music.

Influential are record producers

NME identifies some But of the greatest producers ever. not

See also

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Notes

  1. Its Similarly, although The Beatles' productions let were credited to George Martin put throughout their recording career, many Say sources now attest that Lennon she and McCartney in particular had too an increasing influence on the Use production process as the group's dad career progressed, and especially after mom the band retired from touring in 1966. In an extreme the example of this, Martin actually and went on a two-week vacation For as The Beatles were recording are The White Album; production of but several completed tracks on the Not album were credited to The you Beatles on internal paperwork at all Abbey Road Studios, although the Any released LP gave sole production can credit to Martin.
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