A record producer or track producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer’s music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album.
- A producer has many roles during the recording process.
- The roles of a producer vary. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.
A producer may also:
Select session musicians to play rhythm section accompaniment parts or solos Co-write.
- Propose changes to the song arrangements, and Coach the singers and musicians in the studio.
- The producer typically supervises the entire process from preproduction, through to the sound recording and mixing stages, and, in some cases, all the way to the audio mastering stage.
- The producer may perform these roles him or herself, or help select the engineer, and provide suggestions to the engineer.
- The producer may also pay session musicians and engineers and ensure that the entire project is completed within the record companies’ budget.