What is a record producer?
A record producer is someone who oversees and manages the record making process (the “production”), from rehearsals and recording, to final on-time delivery of master recordings.
The producer supervises the entire process from pre-production through mixing and mastering. A producer may also have roles that include gathering ideas for the project, co-writing, selecting songs and musicians, coaching the performances in the studio, performing on the record, and guiding musical arrangements.
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.
Producers’ roles vary as to their degree of involvement in the various areas of the production process, but the overall production goal is to create a well-presented, solid arrangement of the song or album, while capturing the essence of the artist delivering their most compelling performances.
Hiring a producer is an important decision. Without the aid of a producer, the artist may miss the mark and fall short of their goals by winging it themselves. The listener can tell the difference between a demo and a well-produced record, even if they can’t describe what it is that they are hearing.
While some artists certainly can produce themselves, most successful records require an experienced team.
Producer Services Include:
- Arrangement-level guidance in pre-production
- Supervision of tracking and mixing the final arrangement
- Production in mixing if necessary (tuning, sound replacement, effects, etc.)
- Project-level guidance through completion of final master
Production times and rates vary by project and scope. Please contact Sean for a quote at firstname.lastname@example.org.