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ESDAWHAT IS A RECORD PRODUCER?

1. THE HISTORICAL ROLE OF THE MUSIC PRODUCER

Up until the mid 1960's Music Producers were almost invariably engaged as salaried employees of record companies. In those days, the Music Producer was far less important to the artistic quality and commercial value of the finished recording than he is today. His role tended to be confined to supervising various administrative aspects of the recording sessions such as booking studios and engaging a sound engineer. His creative role was usually confined to engaging a third party 'arranger' to arrange the musical work to be performed and to choose the most appropriate musicians.

At that time recording studios used basic recording equipment designed to merely reproduce, as faithfully as possible, the performances of the performers. The artistic and commercial quality of the finished recording therefore relied more or less exclusively on the ability of performers to perform 'live'.

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