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Frequently Asked Questions about Music Production

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FAQ about Music Production

This blog post is a follow up the last post about frequently asked questions about Audio/Sound Engineering. In this post, we will answer some of the commonly asked questions about Music Production. If you have any questions that you would like answered, please comment on the blog and ill add them to the

Do I need to know an Instrument to learn Music Production?

 
Yes! Like I’ve explained in this blog, in order to be a Music Producer you should have an
understanding of how an instrument works and basic understanding of music theory.
Many people will tell you that you don’t need to know an instrument to learn how to
produce music, but I find this logic highly flawed.
 
Considering the fact that you will be interacting with a bunch of Musicians/Engineers etc
you need to have at least a basic understanding of Music to be able to get your ideas
from your head into a DAW. I don’t doubt that an untrained person can make music, I
only doubt the quality of this produced music.
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Which Course should I take to become a Music Producer?

 
 Nowadays there are a number of courses that are offered that can specifically only teach
you Music Production or courses that will teach you a very specific style of production 

eg. Courses in Electronic Music Production). 

I personally feel that these courses are a good primer and a starting point to learn music production, but if you really want to understand the art of producing music, one needs to learn the basics of sound and havean understanding of the basic building blocks. A course that offers a Mix of Music Production and Audio Engineering is best suited for most beginners since that gives them the most exposure in terms of possibilities to explore beyond the course and also gives them a wholesome understanding of the field of sound.

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Are there enough Jobs for a Music Producer?

 
 Yes and No. As it is with every field, if you’re good you will find enough projects to work
on, but for someone who has just entered this industry and wants to make a living just
producing music it can be really hard.

What can you do with a Music Production Certification?

 
Once you have a Music Production Degree, you can apply for some of these following
Positions:
 
1. Audio Visual Specialist.
2. Music Producer.
3. Music Director
4. Media and Event Support Specialist.
5. Keyboard and Studio Recording Specialist.
6. Music Instructor.
7. Studio Engineer.
8. Studio Manager.
9. Director of Audio/Visual Events.
10. Owner and Entrepreneur.
11. Audio Engineer.
12. Recording Artist.
13. Multimedia Specialist.
14. Mixed Media Assistant.
15. Music Technology Specialist.
16. Music Industry Program Specialist
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What Skills should an Aspiring Music Producer have?

 
A. Well trained Ear
B. Understanding of an Instrument
C. Patience

Is a Music producer a Musician?

 
 Yes, a Music Producer in simple words is someone who takes an idea from a Songwriter
and fleshes the idea out into an actual song that an audience can connect with. So, in
order to communicate and interpret an idea from a musician a producer also essentially
plays the job role of another musician.

What is the Salary of a Music Producer?

 
 There is a common misconception that Sound Engineers and Music Producers get
placed in common “Corporate” style jobs, which is far from the truth. There are a few
corporate companies that may employ Sound Engineers or Music Producers, but there is
only a handful of these. Most Music Producers, work on a project basis or work as
freelancers.
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What Softwares does a Music Producer use and which software are taught in the
course?

 
 The most commonly used software used by Music Producers are:
 
Logic Pro
Ableton
Pro Tools
You can go through our Blog post on DAWs to understand more about them.

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