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
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
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
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"
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