Bryan Michael Cox takes a few minutes to explain what it means to be a producer and lists the different types of producers. Bryan Michael Cox's resume is impressive as he's produced or written songs for Day 26, Diddy, Amerie, Marques Houston, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Danity Kane, Chris Brown, Usher, Trey Songz, and many more talented artists!
Bryan Michael Cox says that he's experienced more humble established artists than humble new artists. The up and comers tend to be on the arrogant side, which is ironic considering they haven't accomplished as much. You would assume the new artists would come into the studio wanting to learn more than the established artists. Oh well. I guess that's why they're successful.
Bryan Michael Cox profiled three different production styles. Even though each style is unique, they are all considered producers.
Quincy Jones is the best example of an orchestrator. This type of producer pieces all the parts of the instrumental together. He's not necessarily going to build a track using the drum machine. The orchestrator is going to hire a drummer and record the instruments live. Bryan Michael Cox said that's why all of Quincy Jones' tracks have a similar feeling.
Bryan Michael Cox, Jermaine Dupri, and Pharrell, are examples of hybrid producers. These producers are a mix of orchestrators, songwriters, and beat makers. The hybrid producer may use a DAW to come up with ideas but they're not done working once the beat is completed. Hybrid producers involved with the recording, songwriting, choosing other musicians on the track, and approving the final version of the song.
I believe this is the best method of producing. Hybrid producers can keep up with the demands of today and still create a high quality sound.
The beat maker is the most controversial type of producer. These guys just grind all day making beat after beat. Beat makers are going to be more concerned with loading up on VSTs and sound kits than arranging vocals. A lot of up and coming producers are beat makers due to constraints. If you're solely a beat maker, you probably can't get into as many recording sessions as you'd like. I'm more of a beat maker than anything else but I want to be involved in other stages of the creation process.
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