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Reasons for Contracting a Music Producer

There is a massive amount of independent bands floating around, each one writing and recording their own brand of music. Many times the recording of their music comes to a sticky end, being of poor recording or sound quality (there is a difference between recording and sound quality) thus serving little use as a promotions tool, nor saleable item.

At the moment of recording, how many independent bands think of contracting a professional music producer? Is a music producer necessary? What are the benfits of having a music producer in the studio? And what are the costs?

When you decide to go into a recording studio, contract a music producer. I know that it seems extravagant, but, in general context, it's a lot cheaper than not doing so.

  • The producer will supervise the sound engineer, who sometimes will act very slowly if you are hiring the recording studio by the hour, or will try to take shortcuts if your deal with the studio is based on a complete work.

  • The producer will guide you through the recording process during your recording and consequently you will pass less time in the studio.

  • The quality of the recording will be better because the criteria of the producer will be far superior than somebody who is euphoric or excited because they are recording.

  • He doesn't have a close relationship with the band, and so his critics are worth more than someone who is a member or friend of the band.

  • At the time of mixing the tracks, the person who will have the final word is the producer. This is important as there are a lot of musicians who during this stage of recording complain because they cannot hear sufficiently "their sound". Instead of mixing the tracks for the good of the music they prefer to mix the tracks for the good of their ego.

  • He has higher criteria for failures in the recording (strange noises, bleeding from one track to another etc.).

  • The producer will economize you more money than the cost of his fee!

So as you can see, what appears to be an extravagence, can actually turn out to be a saving.


Steve Allen

Steve Allen is consultant and music producer. Author of "Marketing Your Music – Success Strategies", "Personal Management in the Music Industry" and "Street Teams – Expand your Fan Base" http://www.marketingyourmusic.net

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