Beats: Exclusive or Non-Exclusive Rights/Production/Sonar vs Pro-Tools
If you all have already read my blog on myspace then you already know that we are about to get deep into this discussion.
Creditials: I have been producing music in Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop and Gospel since 2001. I have been performing live and playing music since 1989. I have done numerous albums and tracks for numerous people so I have already been in the get it right or get out stage. I'm in music for life, regardless of the outcome. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask me.
Equipment: Quad-core 2.6 AMD processor with ASUS Pro motherboard (built it myself), over 2T of memory, Dual Core G-5 Mac, M-Audio Project Mix I/O, M-Audio Pro 88 Key Keyboard/Control Surface, Korg Sythn Keyboard, Art Tube Simulation mic preamp, onboard mic preamp on M-Audio, Behringer Compressor/Limitor tube simulation, Project Studio Mic, Samsun Large Condensor Microphone, Mackie 8 (pair) close range studio monitors, Behringer M16 close range studio monitors, JBL 12 Close range powered studio monitor Subwoofer, 22in HDTV monitor, 12ft by 12ft listening area/waitroom/control room, 16ft by 16ft live band recording room, 6ft by 6ft iso-vocal/instrument booth, acoustic treatment in all rooms (I built and wired myself since I am a carpenter so I saved a lot on the labor cost.
Software: Wave Gold & Platinum Bundles, Sonar 7 Producer Edition, Protools M-Powered 7.4.1., Wavelab Essentials, Auto-tune, Reason 4.0 full edition, Garage Band
Okay enough about me, so let's get it on!!!!! What is Producer's job? Tough question...second thought, it's quite easy....
A producer is just what it says, making sure that the whole outcome is productive.
He/She got to do everything from making arrangements for studio time and payment, overseeing advertisement solutions of the album, finding the single release of the album, coming up with the theme of the album, finding out how to fit a song to your unique tastes (finding that groove), trying to figure which instruments and sound engineer to use, making sure the song don't contain samples or if they do, getting them cleared, copywriting the songs, finding out which distributers is going to be used, making sure that the artist is comfortable, scheduling tour dates (suppose to be your manager's job- most of the time the producer have to do it if it need to be done),
What is the difference in Producers?
1. You do not need to go to a Rock Producer if you are doing Hip Hop. The same advice goes for sound engineers. It is more than just getting a song recorded or an album done. You need someone who knows how to do their job. You would not hire me if the only thing that I done was make lemonade. A lot of people can't get that right, so what do you think this outcome may be?
2. Do not expect to get a finished product in one day or even one hour. Some artists can produce a whole album in a day if they are really prepared. If you only have one or two songs then music is not your best career choice. A song writer have more than 1 song written.
3. Get someone who knows something about music. Not just "It sound good enough for me" type of producers. A lot of people claim to be producers, so be very careful. Get someone who knows something about music arrangements, the elements of frequencies in relation to the track, or even key transpose or octaves. They may not be able to read a single note of music in sheet music but they know that the key is off on an instrument. It is nething like singing or rapping to a track when it is either too high or too low for you. This will cause you to strain or even injure your vocal chords.You do not want a traffic jam to occur in your music....that squashed, crowded track that sound real muddy or not clear sound...my bad I started talking that studio engineer/producer talk since I can do both jobs. I like a mix that sounds clear. I like a track that you can pin point each distinct instrument by it's unique sounds. Give me that sparkle that you hear in professional recordings.
Is this enough or do you want to go just a little more in depth?