Music producers are often defined as the unsung heroes behind the scenes in popular music. In recording a song, or making a record, the music producer serves much the same role as a director in a film. It is the music producer’s job to make sure that in the end the finished product is as good as it can be. In some cases this may merely involve making it listenable, however in other cases this means making sure the song is a hit, or at least has the potential to be a hit.
A music producer's job can be as passive as sitting on the couch listening and nodding approval and as active as running a soundboard and helping to place microphones in drum sets, or even participate as a musician on some tracks.
A music producer's job is essentially to make sure that a song is well recorded and well produced.
If the band and the studio are good and the sound engineer knows his job, this may not be too hard. However if the band struggles and the engineer has technical problems, a music producers job can get more complicated.
There is no simple answer to the question, what does a music producer do? If the band or the singers aren't getting their parts right, a music producer must get involved. It can be the producer's job to help the singers get their parts right or to make sure the engineer has placed the microphones the right distance from a guitar amplifier.
Good music producers understand every aspect of studio production. They also have a very good ear and a well-rounded knowledge of how voices and instruments produce recordable sound.
“Music Producer” has become very distorted in the last few years by the advent of the digital music creation stations, Logic, Fruity Loops, Reason, Ablteon Live, Pro Tools, Etc. A music Producer is the guy that is in charge of making your song sound the way he thinks your song should sound to be competitive in the market that your song will be in. A guy who makes beats on his laptop with FL studio is a Beatmaker guy. “The music producer should be the guy that picks the studio and the engineer to work on your song from his experience of having worked on similar songs with the same guys. The music producer is hired because of his ideas in your genre of music.