Music Producer

Music producers who are sometimes called “record producers” creatively guide and direct every aspect of making a single music recording or an entire album. They take care of the audio details involved in producing a recording often conferring first with the head musician to make sure that the vocal elements musical elements and sound mixing are keeping with the musician’s idea of how the final recording should sound. According to the website music producers often help recording artists decide which songs they should record and they offer advice on selecting background performers if these are needed. They also oversee the sound engineers while songs are being recorded and they make sure that the recording project stays within the budget. The website says that music producers should have a bachelor’s degree in music with some background in production. However they also need a strong desire to craft high quality recordings an ear for production and the ability to interact with everyone involved in making a recording. It is helpful if they have experience with songwriting composition and sound engineering. Knowledge about digital technology has also become important in today’s world of music recording. According to the website annual earnings for music producers range from approximately $30000 to more than $50000. However those working on a freelance basis could earn either considerably less or a great deal more than these figures depending on how many projects they have and the popularity of the recording artists and companies with which they work. The website says that this field is highly competitive but music producers with experience and talent can earn upwards of $1 million a year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $40000
High Salary: $50000
Low Salary: $30000
Tasks: Manages all aspects of a musical recording session.
Recommends the songs that musicians should record.
Ensures that musical productions do not go over budget.
Assists sound engineers for the best possible recording result.
Also Called: Record Producer
Recording Producer
Executive Producer
Music Engineer
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