Updated: Feb 21
In this series of articles, I will be looking at music production, explaining what it is and how it works for newcomers and beginners to the art form.
The term music production can mean slightly different things to different people and it’s meaning has changed throughout the history of music. In basic terms music production is a process in which a person oversees the creation, performance and recording of a song or collection of songs. There are many different types of music producer with a varying range of skills.
Music producers used to be primarily responsible for arranging studio time, hiring session musicians and looking after the budget, much like the role of a film producer.
Quincy Jones, a classic record producer.
This role has evolved over time to include the creative aspects of the music such as what tempo the song should be or what instruments should be used when recording it.
Max Martin, a contemporary record producer
Current day music production involves the use of recording software on a computer, this software is called a Digital Audio Workstation, DAW for short. DAWs are programs that allow music producers to create music from scratch, record instruments and singers, edit recordings, and mix and master the recordings to make them sound professional and finished.
Some examples of DAWs include Cubase, Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton Live and Garage Band.
With the advancement of this type of software, music producers have the choice to create a song from start to finish by themselves or to collaborate with other musicians and producers.
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