This book provides an all-inclusive perspective on everything that goes into producing a project, and how to do it. Most producers are simply flying by the seat of their pants. Once you have finished this book, you will have a better perspective on how to produce a project than most producers. With experience you can become a major producer.
This book explains:
• What it takes to be a Producer.
• How to become a Producer.
• A simple step-by-step process for actually producing a band or group.
• The high level values that major producers utilize in a production.
• The variety of roles that a produce must take on.
The book uses the 11 aspects of a recorded piece of music from The Art of Mixing,
as a framework for analyzing a project in pre-production:
Density of the Arrangement
Quality of the Equipment
Producing in the Studio
Then, the role of the producer in the recording studio is covered: To create an atmosphere of detailed concentration and focus.
This book is good for:
• Anyone wanting to become a Producer.
• Any Producer who wants to hone their skills.
• Executive Producers or anyone who is funding a project. It gives the EP an overview of what it will take to do the project.
• Anyone who is doing any type of recording, because when there is no producer, the band and the engineer become the producers!
• Anyone who is shopping or considering hiring a producer in order to make the best choice and be able to work with them.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
SECTION 1 – THE PRODUCER’S JOB
• Types of Producers
• What it Takes and How to Get the Job
• Types of Projects
• The Producing Process
SECTION 2 – THE BUSINESS SIDE OF PRODUCTION
Chapter 2 – Finances, Organization and Politics
• Budgeting Scheduling and Organization
• Obtaining Financial Backing
• Dealing with Record Companies
• Establishing a Network Base
SECTION 3 – THE VIRTUAL MIXER CONCEPT
Chapter 3 – Visual Representations of Imaging as a Tool for Production
• Basics of Audio to Visual Mapping
SECTION 4 – MUSIC THEORY FOR RECORDING ENGINEERS AND PRODUCERS
Chapter 4 – Music Theory Primer
- Note Values
- Time Signatures
- Rhythmical Structures
- Pitch (Frequency)
– Key Signatures
– Chord Voicing
– Circle of fifths
– Musician Dynamics
• Song Structures and Musical Charts
– Repeat Signs
– Shorthand Chord Charts
SECTION 5 – THE PRODUCTION PROCESS
Chapter 5 – The Pre-Production Process
• Setting up the Meeting and Doing your Homework
• People skills
` – Deciding on Deciding
` – Passion and Referees
` – Producer Passion
` – How Important is It?
` – Consideration
` – Time Constraints
Chapter 6 – Structuring and Critiquing the 11 Aspects
• Song Structure
• Quality of the Equipment
Chapter 7 – Higher Level Concepts
• Creating a Style of Music
• Order of the Songs
• Concept Albums
Chapter 8 – Producing in the Studio
• Critiquing a Performance
– Critiquing the whole band at once
– Critiquing Individual Performances
• Focus and Concentration
Chapter 9 – Overall Production Goals
• Combining the 11 Aspects to Create an Overall Monster Production
• High Level Producer Values
Chapter 10 – Digital Audio Production
• Analog Production and/or Digital Audio Production
• Arranging on the Computer
• Beat Construction, Sampling and Looping
SECTION 6 – CREATIVITY
Chapter 11 – Tapping into the Source – Inspiring Creativity
Chapter 12 – Balancing Creativity and Mass Appeal (Industry Trends)
Chapter 13 – Moment-to-Moment Awareness
Chapter 14 – Songwriting
SECTION 7 – SELECTING A PRODUCER / BECOMING A PRODUCER
Chapter 15 – Choosing a Producer
• What to Look For in a Producer
• Finding a Producer
• How to Interview a Producer
• How to Present Yourself to a Producer
Chapter 16 – Selling Yourself as a Producer
• Getting the Job – Finding Bands
• Poop Sheets
• Rate Sheets
SECTION 8 – PROTECTING YOUR MUSIC
Chapter 17 – Protection
• Record Deal Points and Percentages
• Negotiating Record Deals
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
A. Checklist of all homework to be done before the Pre-Production meeting
B. Scatting Syllables
C. Virtual Mixer Interface
“David Gibson’s Groundbreaking work is a real eye-opener for all of us, music professionals and casual listeners alike. He has single-handedly rethought the whole metaphor for the visual representation of recorded music and conjured up a brand new way to interact with it. It’s high time we took a new look at the antique user interface employed by typical MIDI and sample editing tools – and this book and video series is a great place to start.”
– Thomas “Dolby” Roberson
“The book covers past, present, and future music production techniques for any aspiring as well as veteran producer. I’ve seen techniques in the book that I took for granted from years of experience, (good & bad). The book pin points what every producer/songwriter/arranger/ engineer and of course DJ/producer must deal with in a simplistic and systematic approach on the road to being successful. The book includes proven secrets & tips from a wealth of successful producers.
No one book can guarantee “Hit record” success, but I would venture to say that with the wealth of information contained inside, “The Art Of Producing can save you from endlessly scratching your head and second guessing yourself, and everyone else involved trying to achieve it”.
-Hubert Eaves III