Music production is a field many people want to understand further than just DJ playing and songwriting, because it involves aspects not everyone knows. Also, the picture of a music producer like Luis Campozano the public might have isn’t as well formed as what reality holds.
That’s why we created this article, to weep out all the dust surrounding music production information, so you and people around you can build a new cluster of what this topic is about. So without any further, let’s jump right into the article.
What’s music production?
When we refer to music production we’re talking about the whole complete process of creating, developing and even refining recorded tracks and music for the public appreciation, just like the whole deep creation of that good song you can’t stop listening to.
On the other hand, we can talk about music production as the whole lifecycle of music piece, involving from songwriting to composition, recording and the sound design of it, even when it needs to improve.
What’s the job of a music producer?
Now that you know what a music production is, you might be wondering “what does the music producers do then?” Well, it’s kind of similar to what Mozart, Beethoven and even Bach did back in their times, for example.
Just imagine the best classical musicians who had to compose, play, arrange and finally perform their masterpieces to the public, they could be easily be called music producers of their times because they had to pay attention to all of this aspects.
But in the modern days, where almost everything’s being digitalized, this process has gotten easier and in some way different from the example above, which is inevitable. Next up we list you some of the principal tasks a modern music producer does:
- Works with music production software and special equipment.
- Produces music in what’s called a DAW (you could know it like a “tape machine” but it’s also the environment for the music production workflow).
- Writes songs and compose them. Aka: creates songs.
- Is a sound designer, which we could explain it simply to you as the building of the sound you hear on your head.
- Uses digital sound tools, such as samples, MIDI and plugins.
- Does the sound recording work.
- Mixes music, blending every sound together.
- Masters music, which would be the definitive version of the song.
What are the music production stages?
Even if we gave you a glimpse of this aspect before, we want to make sure you get well informed about the whole process of producing music. It’s almost like if the word “production” said all for you. So let’s see what the stages are:
- Writing a song (songwriting).
- Arranging it.
- Tracking it (recording the melody for the song with instruments).
- Editing it.
- Mixing it (mixing together all the sounds recorded).
- Mastering it (making the song perfect).
About the Author: Luis Campozano is an artist/producer/audio engineer from New York City. United States.