Monday, August 7, 2017

What does a producer do anyway?


A producer will say that the engineer makes the recording.

The audience says that the band makes the recording.

The truth is the producer makes the recording.

I used to joke that the producer was the guy who made the phone calls. This is kind of old fashioned now but there is truth to it. The producer is the person who drives the project forward, funds it, sets schedules, and makes sure everyone is where they need to be when they need to be there. The producer is the guy that is responsible for getting it done.

In my case that includes an awful lot of doing it. I engineer most of my CDs and I do all my own post production.

Almost all producers supervise that mysterious stage called pre-production where lists are made, dates are penciled in, and deadlines are set.

A record producer is the person who makes the album. The producer works with the musicians, writers, artists, engineers and others. A good producer listens to all of these people and tries to help them fulfill their vision. He wants them to do their part of the project well and he wants them to be proud of the finished product. But the producer makes the product. He’s the one who says it’s good enough. He’s the guy who says when it’s done.

The buck stops here. If the album isn’t good the producer didn’t do his job.

Hairy Larry