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How to get started as a producer of R&B music

The very basics of what you need to know to become a producer of R&B music.


This is a difficult genre to work in because there is a lot of competition. You need to understand the rhythmic elements of modern R&B and how they combine Dance Music elements with traditional rhythms harking back to an earlier era of the genre.

You need to have an awareness of Hip Hop and Rap. R&B is generally a softer, gentler genre, but there has to be a view to the street - perhaps from the window of a luxury apartment though.

An R&B producer needs to be a musician, at least in spirit. Too much dabbling with the equipment will take your focus from the music. You need to know how to get a sampling expert to do that for you, and how to get a recording engineer to get the right sounds for you. If you do it all yourself you might learn some interesting stuff, but you're taking your eye off the target. R&B is music of the heart and of life's experiences, not clever manipulation of technology.

The equipment you need...

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You don't need equipment as much as the right people to work with. You need someone who has a studio, including a sampler, and knows how to work all the equipment well. This leaves you free to concentrate on the artist. In Hip Hop, the producer is very close to the technology. In R&B it is better to keep your distance.

By David Mellor Monday July 24, 2006