Music production has two alternative meanings, both of which are in the context of recording music in a recording studio.
Briefly, the first meaning of music production concerns working with musicians to get the best performance of a song, or other piece of music. A recording engineer will take care of getting the best sound in the recording process.
The second meaning of music production is where a composer or producer creates sounds using samples, synthesizers, digital, electronic and acoustic instruments, and the sounds are manipulated and blended to optimize the music being recorded. The emphasis in this case is on working with the sounds rather than musicians, although musicians may be used in addition. The producer in this case will often engineer himself or herself.
Music production has no relevance in live performance. Here, a conductor, music director or the performers themselves will determine how the music should sound. In the recording studio however, it is more difficult to create a recording that will please potential listeners and buyers than it is to please an audience in a concert hall or other performance venue. One key point is that a recording will be played many times. If there are any imperfections, then they will be heard again and again. The music production process must ensure that imperfections are minimized.
Also, the market for recorded music is very competitive. The purpose of music production is to create a product that will compete effectively, and please potential buyers as much as possible. Live music takes place in real time. In music production, as much time as required (or can be afforded) can be spent on making the recording as good as possible.
In summary, the music production process takes place in the recording studio. The object of music production is to create a recording that is as good as possible and has few, if any, defects.
Audio Masterclass offers online courses in Music Production and Sound Engineering.Come on the FREE COURSE TOUR
Set up your home recording studio in the very best way possible. Learn how to select equipment and solftware all the way through from microphones to monitors. Learn more...
Come on the Audio Masterclass FREE COURSE TOUR. A short series of tutorials to welcome you to the challenging world of professional audio. Learn more...
Are you making these 4 simple mistakes again and again in your home recording studio? They are easy to identify and avoid, so you don't have to. Learn more...
Great home recording starts with a great home recording studio. It doesn't need to be expensive if you know how to select the right equipment for your needs.