What Does a Music Producer Do?

The title of music producer is confusing, there is more than one type of role that a music producer fills. Let’s have a look at three different types of music producers and what they do in the music industry or in the recording studio.  First you need to understand that a music producer doesn’t actually make their own music.  Producers work with other recording professionals and industry executives.  Let’s look at the different types of producers you will find in the music industry.

Music Producer

The music producer spends most of their time creating and arranging music.  While not necessarily musicians themselves they tend to have degrees or backgrounds in music theory or music composition.  Most will come from high profile schools like Juilliard or Berklee College of Music.  One of their jobs is to make sure that the music recorded is the best quality possible.  It’s not just the equipment they are concerned with but they make sure that musicians give the best performance possible.  Often music producers are the go between for the musicians and the executives at the record label.  They can have one of the most difficult jobs in the music industry.  Here is a closer look at their job.

Engineering Producer

The engineering producer generally deals with the technical aspects that are needed in the studio.  They deal with the sound board and set up the microphones and make sure the software is running properly.  They are the guys and gals that keep the project organized and functioning properly.  They tend to be more technical as opposed to creative when determining what makes a great sound recording.

Executive Producer

The executive producer is generally the money guy, he is the one who funds the recording project or the making of an album.  They are generally the contact that the other types of producers along with the musicians have with the record label.  They sign the bands and oversee the completion of the recording.  They are the ones responsible for the project turning a profit.

The role of the “producer” in the music business can be confusing and often they wear many hats.  They are the technical guy, the guy who makes sure musicians make the best music and the money guy.  Sometimes the producer is forced to be all of that at the same time.  However they have a valuable role and they are the guys behind the scenes who bring us some great music.

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