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Music Production 2014: 5 Objectives and the Process

Updated on January 6, 2014

The music producer in the music industry is to a song with a music artist what a movie director would be to a film with an actor or actress. The producer controls the entire scene of recording and getting the songs ready to be released for commercial use. The producer is the person that is responsible for getting the songs recorded and the mixing & mastering done on the release date, within the time it is due and within the budget the label has given you. The job is to show creativity to the music and also make the song create conversation within the consumers.

Behind the Board
Behind the Board

The Roles

The areas that a producer has to take control during the studio time can include:

1. The Record: The song needs to be created that would appeal to the consumers and appeal to the record companies as the music labels market the artist.

2. The Talent: The music and vocals in the record needs to be up to par and be the highest quality.

3. Recording The Record: When recording the song, the session needs to be on point and less mistakes as possible. Making sure your artist is feeling great about the song and the atmosphere of the studio.

4. Mixing & Mastering: The mixing and mastering of the song needs to be perfect so no vocals are out of place, an instrument is not too loud, and to add effects to the record.

5. Promoting your Artist and Song: After you are finished creating and mixing your song, it is time to send it off to the label and try to promote the song to the consumers.

In the music production industry, there are many producers here that have made an impact on my passion of music. Producers such as J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Mike Will Made It, Lex Luger and Young Chop. With their versatile of music with many different genres, they have made a statement that they are the top producers in the music game. The all time best producer in all of music would have to be Quincy Jones as he helped produce Michael Jackson and many more legends. He has made the biggest impact in the music industry.

The key of being a music producer is to have the final recording of a song. The producer is the supervisor and works to make sure that everything is going down the right path (director) of that final production. The producer has the total control in the studio. If the artist tells the producer they do not like a certain person in the studio, the producer should kick that person out with no hesitation. The producer is the quarterback of the studio and calls out all of the plays and makes sure that everyone’s roles is all set. A producer has to be the leader and be vocal in the studio. Leaders of any group is usually the person who speaks the most and tells others what path to take. If the producer does not take action, the song will not be top quality and most likely, the label will hire another producer to take over. There were many instances when producers were not vocal and they ended being labeled as a beat maker. Being labeled as a beat maker puts you behind the scenes in the industry rather than being in the scenes and on interviews such as Mike Will Made It. When I first started making beats, I was just a beat maker to the artist as I did not help direct them to the style they needed to go for the viewers. When I was able to be around old Bone Thugs -N- Harmony’s manager and brand engine manager of Artist Live Global Village, Big Bob Francis, he gave me the guidance and wisdom to help me achieve the producer status. He has produced for many big names such as Nipsey Hussle, Kevin Hart, Krayzie Bone, and many more artists.

Making Beats on Fruity Loops video

For music production, most people tend to use PC because of the programs and plug-ins that are compatible for the platform. The program that is very popular amongst new and old, beginner and professional, producers to make beats is Fruity Loops Studio (Image Line FL Studio Fruity Edition 11 ).

Fruity Loops is used by many top producers such as Mike Will Made It, Lex Luger, Young Chop, the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, and many more. This program gives me the freedom to mix and match, quantize, and do many more features with the ability to make the final product top quality. There are tons of producers who have a distinctive sound with their production because of the use of studio technology and filters within the mixing and mastering. There are a number of record producers who have become famous for their distinctive sound and their particular techniques and application of varied developments of studio technology. Some producers take much advantage of the technology available to them, whilst others seem to prefer to employ more classical techniques of record production, tending to shy away from the increasing practice of digital studio technology

The development of recording technology has run parallel to a reorientation in popular music production. The goal of getting a good sound is no different now than it was when the first recordings were made, but the idea of what a good sound is and how it should be achieved are radically different.

Famous Music Producer Just Blaze
Famous Music Producer Just Blaze

The Process by Sean Daly

The process for me to make a beat is by a few steps. I always want to think of an artist that I would produce the track for. For example, If I wanted to make beat for Rick Ross, I would make the drums sound hard with heavy horns and strings. So I always start of with the drums no matter what. I have different drum kits for each genre that I do such as a dirty south kit, r&b kit, hip hop kit, and a live band kit. After laying down the drum beat, I then start to sing melodies that can go to the drum beat such as a main melody. Once the main melody is finished, I start to play filler melodies (melodies that are in the background of the main melody). The final touches includes effects, filters, and my producer tag to make the final product have my own distinct sound.

Other than Fruity Loops , there are many other programs and machines that are used to make a beat for the music industry. The Music Production Center machine has been used by many producers in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Originally called MIDI Production Center, Akai MPC Renaissance , was created as a drum machine for producers to have complete control with their production by setting each sound on on of the 16 pads. Another machine that is used to make beats is the Akai MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller. This board is used to play out your melodies with custom sounds from your production program or plug-ins. Another tool that is used for music production is the Mixing and Mastering Board.

A great Mixing and Mastering Board is the PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI Digital Recording Console with Active Integration which is used to mix and master the levels of each sound in the beat. This way the sounds do not overlap each other and you will be able to hear each sound nice and clear.


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      TTMall 2 years ago

      If you want to create beats on your PC or Mac, I recommend that you learn about different beat making programs as seen on this website. It goes over a lot of the different features so you can decide which one might be right for you.