Record producer

Record producer
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A recording session in Denmark
Occupation
NamesRecord producer, music producer
Occupation type
Profession
Activity sectors
Music Industry
Description
CompetenciesInstrumental skills, keyboard knowledge, songwriting, arranging, vocal coaching
Fields of
employment
Recording Studios
Related jobs
Recording engineer, executive producer, film producer, A&R

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album.[1] A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process.[2] They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.

A producer may also:

The producer typically supervises the entire process from preproduction, through to the sound recording and mixing stages, and, in some cases, all the way to the audio mastering stage. The producer may perform these roles themself, or help select the engineer, and provide suggestions to the engineer. The producer may also pay session musicians and engineers and ensure that the entire project is completed within the record label's budget.

Function

A record producer or music producer has a very broad role in overseeing and managing the recording and production of a band or performer's music. A producer has many roles that may include, but are not limited to, gathering ideas for the project, composing the music for the project, selecting songs or session musicians, proposing changes to the song arrangements, coaching the artist and musicians in the studio, controlling the recording sessions, and supervising the entire process through audio mixing (recorded music) and, in some cases, to the audio mastering stage. Producers also often take on a wider entrepreneurial role, with responsibility for the budget, schedules, contracts, and negotiations. In the 2010s, the recording industry has two kinds of producers with different roles: executive producer and music producer. Executive producers oversee project finances while music producers oversee the creative process of recording songs or albums. A record producer who produces a song for another producer without receiving recognition is a ghost producer.

In most cases the music producer is also a competent arranger, composer, musician or songwriter who can bring fresh ideas to a project. As well as making any songwriting and arrangement adjustments, the producer often selects or gives suggestions to the mixing engineer, who takes the raw recorded tracks and edits and modifies them with hardware and software tools and creates a stereo or surround sound "mix" of all the individual voices sounds and instruments, which is in turn given further adjustment by a mastering engineer. The producer will also liaise with the recording engineer who concentrates on the technical aspects of recording, whereas the executive producer keeps an eye on the overall project's marketability.

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

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Musiekprodusent
беларуская: Музычны прадзюсар
davvisámegiella: Musihkkabuvttadeaddji
Esperanto: Muzikproduktisto
Bahasa Indonesia: Produser rekaman
íslenska: Upptökustjóri
македонски: Музички продуцент
Bahasa Melayu: Penerbit rakaman
Baso Minangkabau: Pambuek rendo
Nederlands: Muziekproducent
norsk nynorsk: Musikkprodusent
português: Produtor musical
Simple English: Record producer
slovenčina: Hudobný producent
slovenščina: Glasbeni producent
српски / srpski: Музички продуцент
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Muzički producent
українська: Музичний продюсер