It never fails to amaze me that many people who identify themselves as record producers commence work on recording projects without knowing anything about the songs or artists they’re going to record. Yep, people are getting paid to make records without knowing a single note of the music they’re going to be working on. Read more.
Record production is comparable to a wide variety of jobs – from office manager to school teacher to film director to lion tamer (and clinical psychologist). But at its core, record production is mainly about being a conduit that helps the entire creative process flow – a record producer’s primary directive is to help the artist excel. Read more.
Butch Vig is synonymous with the sound and legacy of alternative rock. His work with Nirvana, Sonic Youth, and Smashing Pumpkins rewrote the rulebook for guitar-centric rock production. Vig sat down with iZotope to talk about his creative process, production philosophy, and his affection for iZotope’s Trash plug-in. Read more.
Recording your own music can be an amazing and challenging experience. Case in point, your band’s newest tune is begging for a raucous fiddle solo or a cool cello line, and none of you have worked with either sort of instrumentalist before. How do you find the right player? Read more.
As you prepare to self produce your next recording project, take time to study record production that inspires you. The role of a record producer is critical to any successful recording project, it’s the creative guidance and vision of what the finished recording will sound like that makes a producer most valuable. We take a look at tracks by Miranda Lambert and Beck. Read more.
What’s the most important thing to focus on as a music producer? Enthusiasm. Even if you’re telling them it’s not a great take, be enthusiastic about the fact that you think they can do a better job. You have to be good at focusing the artist and getting them to do the best they can. You have to make sure that nothing is condescending and that the tips and feedback you give are constructive. Read more.
This post was updated March 2017. Ready to learn how to record your music in your own home studio? Looking for advice on recording and music equipment, acoustics and mixing? We’ve got a ton of guides, blog posts, and articles we’ve published over the past few years, and we’ve collected most of them here for you. Read more.
Trevor Horn is rather unique among his peers in that he enjoyed a highly successful career as a musician before moving to the other side of the glass. As half of the eighties pop duo the Buggles (he was the one with the nerdy glasses), he co-wrote, co-produced, and sang lead on their smash hit “Video Killed the Radio Star,” perhaps best known today as the first video ever played on MTV. He and co-Buggle Geoff Downes were then briefly integrated into prog-rock kings Yes (an experience he later described as “awful”) before he made the decision to end his touring days and focus full-time on record production. Read more…
As the producer of classics from Frank Zappa, The White Stripes, and Kurt Elling – Joe Chiccarelli draws inspiration from a variety of sources in the studio. It’s hard to believe that the same individual who produced the rough-and-ready White Stripes’ Icky Thump was also responsible for the ephemeral, moody ambience of The Shins’ Wincing the Night Away or the slick jazz of Kurt Elling’s Night Moves. Read more.
Whether you’re entering the studio for the first or fiftieth time, embarking on a full-length album or a soundtrack one-off, successful recordings start with some form of pre-production, a process that allows the artists and production team to define things like which songs will be recorded, the key of each song, and their tempos. Read more.
When I listen to my records from the ’70s and ’80s and compare them with newer recordings, I can hear a difference, but it’s not just the tape – it’s where we have traveled in our minds and where our expectations have taken us. It’s a slow creep, and year by year a little bit of the old way of doing things just disappears. It’s an erosion rather than a change of technique. So I don’t really miss the sound of tape, but I miss some of the philosophies that we operated by back in the day. Read more.
Here are 14 important tips to consider when choosing your record producer – regardless of your status as a signed or independent artist.