To become a record producer you have to be very passionate about music and music production. Most if not all producers are musicians themselves and at one time or another have written songs. They have exceptional ears to hear a potential hit song or a potential artist's talent. There are few steps to follow before you can become a music producer.
- Train your ears and study music theory. As a music producer you must have big ears to hear various melodies and harmonies. They have to be in the best shape possible to pick up wrong notes that were sung or played on an instrument and differences in volume or tempo. If you play on one instrument, try to learn another and gradually pick up other instruments. You must know each instruments nuances by actually being able to play basic notes and rhythm on them. You must have a strong knowledge of music theory if you are to help enhance songs to make them sound better. Aside from these you also need to familiarize yourself with the different types of music be it jazz, rock or polka and be able to pick up on each type's nuances.
- Familiarize yourself with the use of recording equipment. A music producer also acts as a conduit between the recording artist and the sound engineer. So you must have a good understanding of the equipment involved in recording music. You will be mixing the music as the final product so your ears and technical knowledge will come together on this endeavor. Often times you will be manning the mixing board and enhance the music with different effects and different sound levels. Each instrument and the vocal tracks must blend together nicely to have a marketable product.
- Seek training at a studio. If you can get into a studio as an assistant or intern you will have the opportunity learn each step of the recording process. You will get to interact with the sound technicians on a daily basis as well as different types of musicians. While you work at a recording studio found out as much as you can about each equipment and software used in the process.
- Scout for music talents. You have to keep yourself updated on the developments in the music scene. Go out to music bars and entertainment halls and listen to undiscovered bands or soloists. See if you can find one exceptional talent that you think has the potential to make a hit.
The music producer will have many roles in music production, from helping out with arranging to the recording process. You will be making enhancements to the original composition.