Win a 1 Year Course in Sound Engineering at Cape Audio College, Valued over R 50 000


Higher Certificate Competition

Stand a chance to win a 1 Year Course in Sound Engineering (Higher Certificate in Sound Technology) at Cape Audio College, Valued over R 50 000

Education is the greatest tool you can have to shape your future. So, study and develop a career in the sound industry with South Africa’s leading audio institution – Cape Audio College.

Cape Audio College is this year celebrating 20 years of producing top sound engineers locally and internationally. To celebrate this, Cape Audio College in collaboration with MyCityByNight, is giving you the chance to win a 1 year course in Sound Engineering, “Higher Certificate in Sound Engineering’’ which starts July 2015.

The Higher Certificate in Sound Technology is a one year certificate course that gives a great introduction to the craft of Sound Engineering through theory lectures and practical hands on training. The exit level outcomes of this course are designed to ensure a competence level that will create opportunities for internships in the workplace, entry-level employment possibilities and progression to further higher educational studies.

COMPETITION TIME: 

To enter, all you need to do is answer this question by commenting below:

Describe the difference between a music producer and a sound engineer?

But that’s not all, the runner up will have the chance to win a pair of Shure SRH 550 DJ Headphones.

Entries will be entered into a draw and the winner will be announced on the 10 July 2015*

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  1. In the music industry a music producer has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. This has been a major function of producers since the inception of sound recording, but in the later half of the 20th century producers also took on a wider entrepreneurial role.

    An audio engineer is someone with experience and training in the production and manipulation of sound through mechanical (analog) or digital means. As a professional title, this person is sometimes designated as a sound engineer or recording engineer instead. A person with one of these titles is commonly listed in the credits of many commercial music recordings (as well as in other productions that include sound, such as movies).

    1. A producer is the creative leader of a recording session or album. He oversees the recording, mixing and arranging of tracks and songs, advises musicians on how to approach or play on a track, helps artists select which songs to record and enhances individual tracks. A recording engineer is a technician who operates the soundboard and other equipment during a recording session, under the supervision of the producer. They also set up studio and recording equipment. An engineer’s main job is to use her technical skills to bring the producer’s and artist’s vision to fruition. She also is often responsible for mixing recorded tracks and making sure the final recording is free of any unwanted sounds or noises.

  2. Music producers and engineers perform many of the same duties in sound recording. However, as a producer, you take more responsibility for the quality of the track and provide direction for the engineer to follow. Your desired level of control over the recording process should determine which path you choose to pursue.

    The Producer
    Music producers control the direction of an audio recording. The goal of the producer is to ensure that the final product is of the highest quality possible. This work begins before you even enter the recording studio, as you secure backup vocalists and instrumentalists. The producer may choose to participate in the engineering of the music, using a soundboard and recording equipment. However, he doesn’t always engage in the engineering. He may choose to hire a sound engineer and supervise the process instead. The producer’s responsibility also includes working with singers or musicians during the recording session to ensure the best-quality performance. As a music producer, you need to have a good ear for music in order to direct the participants and correct any audio problems.

    The Engineer
    The audio engineer focuses on the technical issues of a recording and is not responsible for the entire product as a whole. Your responsibilities start inside the recoding studio. You make sure that all recording equipment is set up correctly and in good working order. You also work on the audio boards while the instrumentalists and vocalists perform inside the recording booth. The recording engineer provides technical assistance to the performers to help them get the best possible sound. After the recording is made, the music engineer may work on manipulating the sound for better quality.

    The Similarities
    Music producers and engineers perform many similar responsibilities. Both parties are knowledgeable about soundboards and the inner workings of a recording studio. They both may work with the equipment in the studio during the vocalist’s performance and afterward to improve the sound quality. The producer and engineer also provide technical expertise to the vocalist or musician for making the recording sound better. Engineers often offer their services to performers as producers and vice versa. For a smaller budget, you may work solely as an engineer with fewer responsibilities. For a client with a larger budget, you may contract yourself as the producer, increasing the services you provide.

    Engineer Vs. Producer
    The major difference between the producer and the engineer is that the producer takes on more responsibility for the recording. The engineer’s responsibility is during and directly after the recording session. As the engineer, you work at the direction of the producer, specifically carrying out instructions. The producer’s role is more creative, as you develop the direction of the recording. As the producer, you make the final call about sound issues, and the success of the final product lies with you. In comparison, the engineer is not ultimately responsible because many aspects of the recording are beyond the engineer’s control.

  3. Music producer is responsible for designing a track. Sound engineers zooms in a bit and responsible for designing and manipulating sounds for the use of a producer.

    Boom!

  4. A producer is the creative leader of a recording session or album whereas a recording engineer is a technician who operates the soundboard and other equipment during a recording session, under the supervision of the producer.

  5. Both the producer and sound engineer can be found working together in a Studio.

    In the Studio:
    A Music Producer: Comes up with ideas for a project, creates the song and chooses which musicians to work with as well as advise them on how to get there vocals and instrumentals right in order to have it match the idea of the project.

    A Sound Engineer: Sets up and makes sure that all equipments used are in good condition and are running according to the project brought up by the producer. The sound engineer works on the recordings taken, creatively manipulating the recordings and mixing them.

    A sound engineer can also be found working with live sound equipments that are used for outdoor or indoor events. The sound engineer here mainly sets up the sound equipments, comes up with solutions whenever there’s a sound problem, mixes the instrument and vocal levels and makes sure that the audience enjoys the sounds they hear from performances by artists.

    hehehehe..

  6. Sound/Audio Engineer.

    An audio engineer is concerned with the recording, manipulation, mixing and reproduction of sound. Many audio engineers creatively use technologies to produce sound for film, radio, television, music, electronic products and computer games. Alternatively, the term audio engineer can refer to a scientist or professional engineer who holds a B.Sc. or M.Sc. who designs, develops and builds new audio technologies working within the field of acoustical engineering.

    Audio engineering concerns the creative and practical aspects of sounds including speech and music, as well as the development of new audio technologies and advancing scientific understanding of audible sound.

    Record/Music Producer.

    A record producer is an individual working within the music industry, whose job is to oversee and manage the recording (i.e. “production”) of an artist’s music. A producer has many roles that may include, but are not limited to, gathering ideas for the project, selecting songs and/or musicians, coaching the artist and musicians in the studio, controlling the recording sessions, and supervising the entire process through audio mixing (recorded music) and audio mastering. Producers also often take on a wider entrepreneurial role, with responsibility for the budget, schedules, contracts and negotiations.

    Today, the recording industry has two kinds of producers: executive producer and music producer; they have different roles. While an executive producer oversees a project’s finances, a music producer oversees the creation of the music.

    A music producer can, in some cases, be compared to a film director, “the person who creatively guides or directs the process of making a record like a director would a movie”. The music producer’s job is to create, shape, and mold a piece of music. The scope of responsibility may be one or two songs or an artist’s entire album – in which case the producer will typically develop an overall vision for the album and how the various songs may interrelate.

    In the US, before the rise of the record producer, someone from A&R would oversee the recording session, assuming responsibility for creative decisions relating to the recording.

    With today’s relatively easy access to technology, an alternative to the record producer just mentioned, is the so-called ‘bedroom producer’. With today’s technological advances, it is very easy for a producer to achieve high quality tracks without the use of a single instrument; that happens in modern music such as hip-hop or dance. Many established artists take this approach.

    In most cases the music producer is also a competent arranger, composer, musician or songwriter who can bring fresh ideas to a project. As well as making any songwriting and arrangement adjustments, the producer often selects and/or gives suggestions to the mixing engineer, who takes the raw recorded tracks and edits and modifies them with hardware and software tools and creates a stereo and/or surround sound “mix” of all the individual voices sounds and instruments, which is in turn given further adjustment by a mastering engineer. The producer will also liaise with the recording engineer who concentrates on the technical aspects of recording, whereas the executive producer keeps an eye on the overall project’s marketability.

  7. Music producers are responsible for the creative side of things often playing instruments and putting all the sounds together to make some pretty awesome music.

    Sound engineers would be more responsible for setting up gear and running the sounds desks for studio recordings and FOH at concerts and other live Sound shows.

  8. Well seeing as the following sources have already been used to answer the question in the comments (at the time of writing):

    http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/differences-between-music-producers-engineers-32293.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_engineer
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Record_producer
    http://work.chron.com/differences-between-music-producers-engineers-25047.html
    http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/differences-between-music-producers-engineers-32293.html
    https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080325130222AAmIs18

    ..and seeing as I would not be able to word it any better, aside from copying and pasting same as everybody else, and the fact that this isn’t a copy and paste contest, I think I’ll go with the following:

    Let me win the prize so that you could teach me the difference between a music producer and a sound engineer, I mean I’m sure that would be in the introduction to the course, right? 😀

  9. Not sure if you’re looking for a witty, or a completely, point for point factual answer here.
    I would say the music producer is the link between the artist and the sound engineer, trying to get the best out of both. He’s the one setting the tone for whichever direction he feels the project/song/album should go, whereas the sound engineer would use his skills and knowledge in terms of equipment trying to produce, it goes without saying, the best sound possible with what is available to him.
    This would be an amazing prize to win, truly life changing.

  10. Basically.

    A producer is the person behind making the actual beats ,instrumentals ,arrangements etc ..
    Where as the Engineer Is a person who specializes in bringin out the best of sound quality in a song dealing mainly with tasks such as mixing, EQ.

  11. Music production involves creating the music from scratch and sound engineering involves mixing the different instruments together so it sounds according to track arrangement

  12. I think that the music producer directs the project creatively. Advising the artists what would work best for the product and the market it is being produced for. He will outline the song structure according to what genre the artist is trying to break in to.

    The sound engineer however is responsible for the technical aspects of the recording, mixing and mastering process. He sets up the studio or stage accordingly, adjusts the microphone levels, mixes the audio tracks to blend them perfectly, adds the necessary effects like EQ, compression, reverberation, delay etc. (in studio or live)
    However the sound engineer’s job is not limited to just music. They can work in film as well, doing sound on set or doing the post-production.

  13. I will describe what I think and I’m new in this. So sorry for the mistakes I will try my best.

    A music producer whether its trance,house,rave and the list goes on takes every beat,brakes it down and start from scratch and manipulates the instruments to give us the beautiful sound of music.

    Sound engineer at events will run the rig and the sound thru out the parties. Have a look al the sound does not cut out or blow. Keep everything on the perfect sound level outdoors and in studio. In studio they master your tracks to give you the crystal sound we play for everyone on the dance floor and on your sound system at home.

    This what I know.

  14. Music Producer – This is the guy with the idea in his head, the unique musical idea that he would want to make a reality to others. He/She goes about it by using all types of hardware, software, instruments and vocals. Skill needed: None – The piece of music is an idea in that persons head that they can get out by means of themselves or by collaborating with others to achieve.

    Sound Engineer – Mostly being a highly educated and skilled Music Producer with skills in how sound actually works. The sound engineer has the skills to get the right sound out of an idea. He knows the ins and outs of how all studio equipment works and why. By knowing this he can work with sound anywhere, from making individual songs based on ideas, to making songs performed on stage/in studio easily heard to audiences and crowds alike.

  15. music producer- the artist behind the artist a music producer creates the beat and also has create the perfect feel and surroundings for the artist to deliver the best work.
    sound engineer- more to do with the equipment making sure everything works perfectly so that producers and artist can do there job to the best.
    THATS WHAT I THINK I WOULD LOVE TO ATTEND THE COURSE!!

  16. Music Producers roles can vary from circumstance to circumstance, but generally they play a role in managing bands or musicians, from marketing aspects to the recording sessions to music tours etc. They deal with budgets, schedules and most admin work etc, they have more of a managerial role overseeing most aspects of the band or artist.
    Sound engineers normally record and manipulate audio or produce sound for TV, bands, radio etc. They often do final audio mixes for radio and TV, making sure the audio meets broadcast standards. They can also record and mix the tracks for music artists and bands. They are proficient in audio recording and editing software and can apply audio effects and manipulate voice overs etc etc. They can also add foleys and sometimes even create their own foleys if necessary. Basically they can manipulate recorded sound and are extremely talented.

  17. This is based on my own knowledge and understanding. As a hip-hop producer myself I’m aware that the duties of a music producer includes the creation of sound audio from beginning to final product. music producers make beats,record the artist,mix and master the song. That’s my understanding of a producer. And an Engineer is someone who has advanced knowledge on sound and the equipment he/she is working with and an engineer is not only limited to music but also work on movies,gigs and live shows etc. I once took a tour at Cape Audio College and went in an amazing live studio, best I’ve seen with my eyes and I think that’s where an engineer would be found, making sure sound elements are on par. Yes that is my understanding.

  18. A music producer is what I am now. A sound engineer is what I want to be if I win this competition! 😀

  19. The music producer is in charge of either writing the material or if he didn’t write it, he’s in charge of organizing it and making it sound like a cohesive song. And a sound engineer is a technician dealing with acoustics for a broadcast or musical performance

  20. A sound engineer is, first and foremost, exactly that; an engineer. He is Someone who understands how sound behaves in different environments and how to manipulate it; be it through acoustic, electronic or digital means. It is a highly technical position.
    What this translates to in a practical sense is manipulation of audio for the purposes of recording, mixing, mastering, sound design, live sound reinforcement, television, radio etc.

    A music producer plays a marginally different role; and his is, of course, specific to music. While the definition and apparent role of a music producer has changed somewhat over the years, his primary goal remains the same; to guide and direct music in a specific direction, taking in to account factors like musical direction, musicality and commercial accessibility. While most producers in the past worked only with bands and artists to in the creation of their music, producers today often have a more hands-on approach, often producing their own music, specifically since the boom of electronic music production.

    Although somewhat similar and often complimentary roles, sound engineers and music producers have very clearly defined and separate roles.

  21. A sound Engineer and Music Producer both work with Sound but the roles they take whilst working with audio and sound are very different,

    From my Understanding A sound engineer a is a person who specializes in the capturing, cleaning, editing, reproduction and mixing of sound. A sound engineer is the person who sets up and operates the software and equipment needed to capture and produce the desired sound and has a scientific understanding of sound. In the modern day this done through various DAWs (digital audio workstation) as well as hardware. In most cases the DAW and hardware are integrated to produce the desired Audio. A sound engineer is not limited to one specific category or Industry of sound but can specialize in one or more categories or industries such as Film, Gaming, Music, Television, Radio or Live broadcast. The responsibilities of a sound engineer in these industries vary as some require a larger proportion of technical skill and other require more creativity. To be a good sound engineer i would imagine you would have to excel in both the creative and technical aspects

    Whilst a music producer works with sound as well, he/she specialize and focus solely on the music industry (technically they can be said they work in the film industry as well because they are able to produce a soundtrack for film, this not to be confused with film scoring).
    I understand main difference between a Music Producer and Sound engineer would be that a music producer’s role is not as technical as that of a sound engineer. A music producer has a hands on role and acts as the parent and director of the project. They guide, supervise and control the main aspects of a project such as the arranging and curating studio sessions, the mixing, mastering, creative aspect, theme(s) and Budget for the project. A Producer works with the artist to decide how big or small the project will be and together they pick what goes and whats left out in the project. As a producer they also can decide or influence the content of a song even also its structure.
    Music Producers usually have a great background, its not a requirement but it works out better and makes much more sense because of the experience and knowledge they would have acquired.

    A Sound Engineer has the responsibility of Engineering sound the requirements of a Project in a particular industry whilst a Music producer is responsible for making the project profitable. You can be a Music Producer without any formal training but you need to be trained at a specialized college to become a qualified sound engineer.

  22. Sound is found in many different forms and shapes. A Music producers works with sound in a more organized and tonal manner. They focus more on writing music for individual/group musicians; or they produce music for films, adverts and other forms of entertainment. Music producers work with sound in a rhythmic, melodic, harmonic and arranged manner. Sound engineers focus on the design and implimitation of how sound can be used for the certain medium that the sound engineer works in. Sound engineers are found in film (foley artists, sound designers, ADR recording) and even in music (sound mixers, recording artists). Music producers and Sound designers work with sound in a similar way, when it comes to EQ, Compression and the other basic mixing tools, but both fill a completely different role in the industry.

  23. Sound is found in many different forms and shapes. A Music producers works with sound in a more organized and tonal manner. They focus more on writing music for individual/group musicians; or they produce music for films, adverts and other forms of entertainment. Music producers work with sound in a rhythmic, melodic, harmonic and arranged manner. Sound engineers focus on the design and implimitation of how sound can be used for the certain medium that the sound engineer works in. Sound engineers are found in film (foley artists, sound designers, ADR recording) and even in music (sound mixers, recording artists). Music producers and Sound designers work with sound in a similar way, when it comes to EQ, Compression and the other basic mixing tools, but both fill a completely different role in the industry. Its great that Cape Audio teach the skills needed to succeed in the industry.

  24. Producer
    A producer is the creative leader of a recording session or album. He oversees the recording, mixing and arranging of tracks and songs, advises musicians on how to approach or play on a track, helps artists select which songs to record and enhances individual tracks. Often, a producer will play an instrument or add sounds to a recording. An executive producer performs many of these functions, but also oversees the recording budget, hires session players and oversees non-recording studio personnel.
    Engineer
    A recording engineer is a technician who operates the soundboard and other equipment during a recording session, under the supervision of the producer. They also set up studio and recording equipment. An engineer’s main job is to use her technical skills to bring the producer’s and artist’s vision to fruition. She also is often responsible for mixing recorded tracks and making sure the final recording is free of any unwanted sounds or noises.

  25. A Music producer: oversees the recording, mixing and arranging of the tracks and songs. also advises musicians on how to approach a song or how to play on a track.
    He/she also helps artist with which songs they should record and enhance on other tracks. like an executive producer he sometimes oversees recording budgets as well as hires people and manages different types of personnel.
    Sound Engineer: Is a technician who operates a soundboard and other equipment during a recording session.
    under the supervision of the producer. they set up studio and recording equipment.
    An engineer’s main job is to use His/her skills to bring the artist and producers vision to life in the exact way that it is imagined.
    lastly they are also responsible for mixing and recording tracks and making sure the final product is free of unwanted sounds ornoises.

  26. A producer is the one with the complete idea of how a song or musical composition is supposed to be put together. The producer is also seen as a director of sorts of the piece being made. The sound engineer is the one that ensures that the producers final rendition of how it is supposed to sound. They do this with all their skills and technical knowledge of sound and studio equipment available to them. They are the editor to the producers vision and the ensures tge completion thereof.

  27. A music producer is someone that makes beats using D.A.Ws , midi keyboards, drum pads, instruments etc. They could also be in charge of the recording session but that is the job of the sound engineer. The sound engineers basically puts the track together and add the effects of voices and such stuff. Sound engineer can also go into live sound and control the volumes setup the speakers and mics . Sound engineers can also be music producers and be audio engineers.

  28. A producer is responsible for the creative direction of the track or album . Kind of the music version of a film director . The sound engineer on the other hand is responsible for the technical side of things and records ,mixes and masters the track . The sound engineer manipulates audio to get industry standard quality . Sound engineers are not just found in studios though , live sound engineers set up live performance’s and they also mix those shows so that they can sound as good as the recorded tracks depending on venue .

  29. the music producer

    She has an overall vision for the music, the sound and the goals of the project, and brings a unique perspective to inspire, assist and sometimes provoke the artists.

    The producer should make the record more than the sum of it’s parts – you could almost say she is trying to create musical alchemy.

    Every producer brings different skills and a different approach, and this can make what they do difficult to summarise. In this post I’ve identified seven distinct types of record producer to try and make this clearer.

    1. The Engineer

    This is probably most people’s stereotypical idea of the “classic” record producer – hunched over a mixing desk, obsessing about compression settings, reverb tails and drum sounds. The studio is an instrument, and the producer “plays” it like a virtuoso, working late into the night to create a mysterious sonic masterpiece.

    In fact this is often far from the norm though, as we’ll see.

    2. The Mentor

    Rick Rubin

    Many producers don’t claim any technical expertise at all. Rick Rubin is a well-known example – despite being a self-confessed audiophile, he doesn’t actually sit at the desk on the records he produces, but instead specifically chooses different mix engineers to work with on each project.

    “Mentor” producers like Rubin instead focus solely on the artist’s intent, motivation and performances, coaching them to produce the best music they’re capable of, by whatever means. Rubin seems to have a gift for freshly inspiring and invigorating artists and re-focusing them on their core strengths, for example.

    3. The Golden Ticket

    Some producers seem to have an almost magical touch – a secret formula that guarantees almost anyone who works with them success. Phil Spector, with his trademark “wall of sound” was an early example, whereas in the 80s Stock Aitken & Waterman developed and instantly recognisable template for their artists.

    Of course a distinctive sound is only a good thing if the producer’s style suits the material. Paul McCartney was famously outraged at what Spector did with “Let It Be”. Dr Dre is a more recent example of a “golden ticket” producer – almost single-handedly responsible for the output of a vast swathe of the biggest rap and R&B artists in recent years.

    4. The Remixer

    Many people think of the ‘remix producer’ as a recent development, but the origins are actually a fusion of Lee “Scratch” Perry’s dub remixes with Tom Moulton‘s extended disco mixes in the mid 70s. Artists like Grandmaster Flash pioneered the use of cutting and scratching, and midi and sampling took this to another level. Remixing has now become so much a part of the mainstream music culture that often the remix becomes the hit before people know the original song !

    5. The Musician

    Trevor HornPerhaps the least recognised but most fundamental skill a producer requires is musicality. A producer will contribute, comment and advise on songwriting, arrangement and performance – and many are also musicians themselves.

    Some even play on the albums they work on – Daniel Lannois contributed guitar to U2’s Joshua Tree, for example and multi-instrumentalist Trevor Horn played – well, nearly everything – on Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s “Welcome To The Pleasuredome” album. Also a brilliant engineer, he even combined the two skills by practically single-handedly inventing sampling through his early experiments with the Fairlight keyboard.

    6. The Artist

    Some producers take this musicality to another level by actually being the artist. The two ultimate examples are arguably Prince, with the infamously modest “Produced, Arranged, Composed and Performed by Prince” credit; and the incomparable Brian Wilson – who on his masterpieces “Pet Sounds” and “Smile” somehow managed to equal and perhaps even surpass the musical achievements of all “five” Beatles put together.

    the sound engineer

    An sound engineer works with the technical aspects of sound during the processes of recording, mixing, and reproduction. sound engineers often assist record producers and musicians to help give their work the sound they are hoping to achieve. For example, an sound engineer will piece together parts of a song, use auto-tune on a recording, and/or add synthetic sounds to a track. sound engineers are different from producers. However, some sound engineers go on with their careers to double as producers or assume the role of producer. There are several subfields of sound engineering that one can become involved in.

    Studio Engineer
    A studio engineer works closely with producers in a studio. Sometimes studio engineers double as the producer and work independently.

    Assistant Engineer
    An assistant engineer usually works in a studio setting as well. They are often apprentices to studio engineers who own or work in large facilities.

    Recording Engineer
    A recording engineer is someone who focuses specifically on the aspect of recording sound.

    Game & Audio Design Engineer
    A game & audio design engineer helps work with the sound engineering on video games, as well as how to appropriately add sound to the game.

    Mix Engineer
    A mix engineer focuses on mixing together different tracks to mesh and create a new track.

    Mastering Engineer
    A mastering engineer smooths over the results of a mix engineer, making the final product into a whole.

    Live Sound Engineer
    A live sound engineer works at live events to make sure the sound is of appropriate value and high quality.

    Monitor Engineer
    A monitor engineer works with live sound engineers to help the performers at a live event hear themselves.

    Systems Engineer
    A systems engineer manages the entire experience of sound at live performances. Systems engineers manage both live sound engineers and monitor engineers, and also work to set up the entire live sound system at many live events.

    Audio Post Engineer
    An audio post engineer works to mix and edit audio for television and movies.

  30. I don’t know.

    The only way I will truly know is if you accept me into your course.

  31. A music producer’s main role is to write music, vocals, harmonies, program drum loops, synths, pads, arpeggios, guitars or orchestral elements to suit the genre or mood of the track. Another important element is to focus on the structure and arrangement of a song, being able to connect emotionally with the listener and creating tension and release in tracks. Being a music producer, its all about telling a story or creating a story for the listener to connect emotionally too.

    A sound engineer focuses on tone, dynamics, levels, stereo width, Peaks and RMS, Mono and Stereo tracks. Resonance, muddy frequencies, recording and doing live sound. Another role for a sound engineer is to prepare tracks for mix down (mixing engineer), mastering a track (Mastering engineer). Listening for phase issues, glueing busses or tracks together with compressors. Giving each element or track attitude with preamps, guitar amps, stereo width and distortion; making each element fit together without fighting each other, adding or removing unwanted frequencies and harmonics. Mid and side EQ to create space, Mid and side compression to create dynamics. Adding space and width with reverb and delays. Filtering elements in and out if they clash or appear distracting (this could also be a job for the music producer)

    Thats pretty much as far as I could read up online over the last two years. I would love to study further if you would give me the chance too guys! It would mean the world!

  32. And also, for the mixing and mastering engineer, they also need to focus on the artist / producers intent and emotional value to the track; deciding which elements are most important to get the real feel and emotion of the track

  33. Music Producer
    A producer is the creative leader of a recording session or album. He oversees the recording, mixing and arranging of tracks and songs, advises musicians on how to approach or play on a track, helps artists select which songs to record and enhances individual tracks. Often, a producer will play an instrument or add sounds to a recording. An executive producer performs many of these functions, but also oversees the recording budget, hires session players and oversees nonrecording studio personnel.

    Sound Engineer
    A recording engineer is a technician who operates the soundboard and other equipment during a recording session, under the supervision of the producer. They also set up studio and recording equipment. An engineer’s main job is to use her technical skills to bring the producer’s and artist’s vision to fruition. She also is often responsible for mixing recorded tracks and making sure the final recording is free of any unwanted sounds or noises.

  34. In a nutshell they are both frequency orientated one is based on creating and fusing frequncies (music production) the other is utilsed to place the frequncies in the correct place (sound engineering) in order to create the Desired feel of the song.

  35. a music producer is the master mind being the composition of music. He compose, and chooses. who he desire working with whereas a sound Engeneer is there to ensure that everything goes. as planned, he work under the music producer

  36. A producer is the creative leader of a recording session or album. He oversees the recording, mixing and arranging of tracks and songs, advises musicians on how to approach or play on a track, helps artists select which songs to record and enhances individual tracks. Often, a producer will play an instrument or add sounds to a recording. An executive producer performs many of these functions, but also oversees the recording budget, hires session players and oversees nonrecording studio personnel.

    Engineer

    A recording engineer is a technician who operates the soundboard and other equipment during a recording session, under the supervision of the producer. They also set up studio and recording equipment. An engineer’s main job is to use her technical skills to bring the producer’s and artist’s vision to fruition. She also is often responsible for mixing recorded tracks and making sure the final recording is free of any unwanted sounds or noises.

  37. A music producer takes care of the creative and production side of a song or album. Such as beat making, recording, mixing and mastering. A soung engineer is responsible for the technicle side of it.

  38. A producer is mostly busy with the creative aspect of the audio production, and managing all the players involved in the creation of the audio production.
    An engineer is more busy with translating the wants and need of the producer and also some aspects of the creative process of the musical production.

  39. producers are people who are looking for talent not only to make money but produce music of great quality and to reap the benefits of those whom shine in their name… sound engineers are to ensure good quality sound through music in order for it to exceed the producers expectations

  40. The goal of the producer is to ensure that the final product is of the highest quality possible and control the direction of an audio recording beginning his work before even entering the recording studio, securing artists and instrumentalists. The producer may choose to participate in the engineering of the music, using a soundboard and recording equipment. However, he doesn’t always engage in the engineering. He may choose to hire a sound engineer and supervise the process instead. The producer’s responsibility also includes working with singers or musicians during the recording session to ensure the best-quality performance. As a music producer, you need to have a good ear for music in order to direct the participants and correct any audio problems.

    The audio engineer focuses on the technical issues of a recording and is not responsible for the entire product as a whole. Your responsibilities start inside the recording studio. You make sure that all recording equipment is set up correctly and in good working order. You also work on the audio boards while the instrumentalists and vocalists perform inside the recording booth. The recording engineer provides technical assistance to the performers to help them get the best possible sound. After the recording is made, the music engineer may work on manipulating the sound for better quality.

  41. A music producer is involved in things such as controlling recording sessions, coaching and guiding musicians, organizing and scheduling the production budget and resources and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering process.

    A sound engineer is responsible for the way in which we interpret and hear music or sound. This profession deals with things such as the manipulation, reproduction and blending of sound.

  42. Quick answer- The music producer is responsible for the the final product and the sound engineer is responsible for recording and mixing it.

  43. Music Producer is responsible for the vision behind a musical production.Their job is to coordinate musicians,engineers,labels,distribution etc,into a single cohesive unit.Sound engineer organizes audio equipment and personnel on a film or video production,while mantaining overall recording quality and keeping the audio in sync with picture.

  44. Music Producer is responsible for the vision behind a musical production.Their job is to coordinate musicians,engineers,labels,distribution etc,into a single cohesive unit.Sound engineer organizes audio equipment and personnel on a film or video production,while maintaining overall recording quality and keeping the audio in sync with picture.

  45. a music producer is a person who craete the song or music an d the engeneer is operate the sound sytem and the operation like doing the recording an d volume .

  46. Music Producer create the song and make the beats/sounds sound good.

    Sound Engineer deals with technical issues and make sure equipment is set up correctly.

  47. Producers:
    Music producers control the direction of an audio recording. The goal of the producer is to ensure that the final product is of the highest quality possible. This work begins before you even enter the recording studio, as you secure backup vocalists and instrumentalists. The producer may choose to participate in the engineering of the music, using a soundboard and recording equipment. However, he doesn’t always engage in the engineering.The producer is more of the creative behind the product, the one with the idea and vision for the end result and the person driving the session in order to complete the product.

    Engineers:
    The sound engineer focuses on the technical issues of a recording and is not responsible for the entire product as a whole. Your responsibilities start inside the recoding studio. You make sure that all recording equipment is set up correctly and in good working order. You also work on the audio boards while the instrumentalists and vocalists perform inside the recording booth.The sound engineer is to know all the ins and outs of the studio in order to make the producers studio session a successful and productive one.

  48. A producer is responsible for all elements of recording including advising artists/musicians about the arranging,recording and mixing of tracks,the creative direction of the recording session or album, and oversees the role of the sound engineer.
    The sound engineer is the technician responsible for setting up and driving sound studio and recording equipment to capture the music producer and artist’s vision by recording and mixing tracks.

  49. Hello

    An audio engineer can be either a tracking engineer, mixing engineer or a mastering engineer. A tracking engineer records basically anything. A good one can record vocals for songs, guitars and even do voice overs etc. Mixing engineers get the semi final arrange / edited version of a song and would then begin to mix it. There are also other types of mixing engineers who mix sound for movies. -14-18dbs is where you want your master in post… A mastering engineer’s job is to get a final product, like a song fully finished with vocals and instrumentation and basically come up with a conclusion of how to create a glue of dynamics and sonic enhancements of the sound. A final overview of eq dynamics and all sorts of things. I start my mastering chains with a tape saturation then into some ms eq or eq subtractive then go to boosting some good stuff then compress, then maybe add some colour for k precion from universal audio and then i limit or desser before i limit this is some jobs engineers have. Audio engineers are ofter familiar with different outboard and in the box plugins. Outboard gear and plugins such as compressors, eqs,reverbs,delays,gates,limiters. etc. Engineers use Tools like these to manipulate sound to create things such as depth width and length

    A producer’s job is to mainly to over see songs that are being worked on and give guidance to the track. stye oversee thee tracking and mixing sessions, and sometimes oversee the mastering session. They provide guidance to the artist. Some are vocal producers that will only produce vocals and some are producers for the entire song. Sometimes they are guitar producers that have an excellent knowledge of the instrument and how to achieve different tones. They also review the budget and choose specific instruments for the artist to use. This is usually up to the engineer but sometimes a producer is already familiar with the talent. Producers are sometimes familiar with different DAWs such as Protools, Logic, Cubase etc. Even plug-ins and the sonic elements of how they work, just like engineers would. Some producers are also engineers themselves. They are also beat-makers on occasion. Often beat-makers are considered producers but they aren’t technically producers, they are beat-makers.

    Thank You For The Opportunity

  50. The work of a producer to my understanding, is to create tracks/ beats
    For a artist and also assist with arrangements and over all layout of the track.
    And the work of an sound engineer is to mix the track so it projects clarity in sound so the artist gets an over all well rounded Radio/TV ready package.

  51. Producers are responsible foreseeing a musical production. Their job is to coordinate musicians, engineers and the likes into a single entity.

    Engineers are responsible for overseeing a musical production, making sure all operating equipment are set correctly and bring the production into its complete & final form.

    There isn’t one without the other.

  52. Producer is what any kid straight out of school thinks he is, A sound engineer is someone that actually makes sounds and music and works late hours 7 days a week and duz all the hard work so the produce can say he did it all..That the deference…. you guys can spend all day googling and wikiipedaing but that what it is…

    Regards

    BoB

  53. Music Producer:
    Producers are responsible for the vision behind a musical production. Their job is to coordinate musicians, engineers, labels, distribution etc, into a single cohesive unit

    Sound Engineer:
    Engineers is responsible for the recording, manipulation, mixing and reproduction of sound

    CVD

  54. A music producer is a person who’s responsible for understanding the creative needs of the artist and the song whether the engineer have to add this kind of instruments. And music producer he/she is the one who check that everything is well organised and the song that is recorded sound good an perfect.But the are some music producers who perform all these by them self

    Sound engineer is someone who is responsible for some aspect of the sound at live shows,he/she is the one who increases/decreases the volumes of the materials that is using by the performers e.g guitar,keyboard etc

  55. a producer is someone who is making a artist or singers who they are. like they sort the sound accordingly and coaching the artist so a hit song can be produced. a producer is us about making albums and able to sample or collect and make beats so to produce a listenable track. all in all it is all about organising and making a project successfull by arranging sounds, mixing and coaching singers to make a project a success

    sound engineering is about setting the mics, amps and more. sound engineer is not like producing they usually unable to produce instead they set the sounds and setup equipment. like they are more into technicality of a recording they are not that involved in producing like producers. its all about technicality like making sure every thing is set correctly and help out vocalists nd instrument that sound better. technicality thats all I can say abou sound engineer.

    hope it’s enough to make me win or a runners up price

  56. Sound engineer is someone who is responsible for some aspect of the sound at live shows,he/she is the one who increases/decreases the volumes of the materials that is using by the performers e.g guitar,keyboard etc

    A music producer is a person who’s responsible for understanding the creative needs of the artist and the song whether the engineer have to add this kind of instruments. And music producer he/she is the one who check that everything is well organised and the song that is recorded sound good an perfect.But the are some music producers who perform all these by them self

  57. Well the music producer is responsible for the creative side of the project he is responsible for choosing the right sounds for a song he/she takes care of the arrangement of a song and recording of vocals,ambience of whatever it may be that he desires to achieve at the end of the job, where as a sound engineer can be both in studio or at a live setting, (studio) this guy is the technical geek, he is the guy responsible with the wiring of the equipment, innovating new techniques of achieving efficiency and effectiveness of the machinery at hand, a sound engineer and a mastering engineer isn’t necessarily the same thing in stead each work hand in hand depending on the job at hand, (Live) this dude here is actually an important factor towards conducting a huge and successful event he sits in a corner after all the sound system connection has been done and monitors from him mixer. Making sure everything sound crisp and fresh

  58. I see that many here have already done a google search and copy and pasted the difference between a producer and a sound engineer, verbatim. So I won’t follow that bad example with many here and instead just say, I think the question has been answered already, and simply put in a plug for myself. I think I should win this contest because I’m an independent, creative thinker with a deep, solid love for music, and since I don’t play any instruments, I have always been fascinated with the reproduction of it to the point of spending obscene amounts of money on stereos and home theater equipment. But lastly, learning hands on how music is engineered before it hits the disc for your player would be genuinely fascinating and incredible. I have already thought of this for a career a few times over. I have a couple technical degrees in the electrical and mechanical fields that I think would compliment this training. I love anything technical.

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