Producers in the music industry play several roles. They may control recording sessions, they may coach and guide performers, and they may supervise the recording, the mixing, and the mastering processes of a recording. The major function of producers had remained such since the beginning of sound recording, but more recently, producers have taken on a more entrepreneurial role.
The first recording studio was improvised just prior to the turn of the 20th century for recording opera singers, whom producers guided in the recording session simply to capture the best possible sound quality. Since then, the role of producers has grown to include much more of the organization and supervision of actual recording sessions. Nowadays, producers may finance technicians, musicians, and arrangers, and may even choose the materials to be recorded by the artists with whom they work. Producers have become managers who handle most – or all – of their client’s business, which can include selecting, writing, and arranging music. Producers may oversee recording sessions, and may even take on the engineering of a recording session.
Producers may be music production companies, some of which are gaining control of pop musicians and pop music. Producers of this ilk may take on the role of artists-record label mediator. Producers of this magnitude sign new artists to production contracts, produce recordings, and license recordings to record labels for pressing, promotion, and sale. Production companies, as well as individual producers, can wield considerable influence on the careers of the pop artists whom they represent, and many have proven to be very successful.
Recent technological developments in computer software that works with PCs and laptops has allowed individuals to become their own producers – and the only person involved in the making of a musical recording. Now music artists can write, arrange, perform, and record their own material, as well as reproduce and sell their recordings. The development of powerful, though inexpensive, production software allows individuals to produce entire tracks at home, which has replaced the team of performers by one individual. Portable recording equipment has become so cost effective that it has resulted in a flood of live music recordings available for purchase in stores and on the internet. Even live concert recordings are mastered, burned, and offered up for sale by popular individual recording artists and bands today, making this an extremely cost-effective enterprise for both budding and established artists.
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