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The Art of Producing


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Table of Contents







Chapter 1

* Types of Producers

* What it Takes and How to Get the Job

* Types of Projects

* The Producing Process

SECTION 2 - THE BUSINESS SIDE OF PRODUCTION Chapter 2 - Finances, Organization and Politics * Budgeting Scheduling and Organization * Obtaining Financial Backing * Dealing with Record Companies * Establishing a Network Base SECTION 3 - THE VIRTUAL MIXER CONCEPT Chapter 3 - Visual Representations of Imaging as a Tool for Production * Basics of Audio to Visual Mapping SECTION 4 - MUSIC THEORY FOR RECORDING ENGINEERS AND PRODUCERS Chapter 4 - Music Theory Primer * Time - Note Values - Time Signatures - Tempo - Rhythmical Structures * Pitch (Frequency) - Key Signatures - Intervals - Scales - Chords - Chord Voicing - Spreads - Circle of fifths * Volume - Musician Dynamics * Song Structures and Musical Charts - Phrases - Repeat Signs - Shorthand Chord Charts SECTION 5 - THE PRODUCTION PROCESS Chapter 5 - The Pre-Production Process * Setting up the Meeting and Doing your Homework * People skills - Deciding on Deciding - Passion and Referees - Producer Passion - How Important is it? - Consideration - Time Constraints Chapter 6 - Dynamic Flows Chapter 7 - Structuring and Critiquing the 13 Aspects * Concept * Melody * Rhythm * Harmony * Lyrics * Density * Instrumentation * Song Structure * Performance * Mix * Quality of the Equipment Chapter 8 - Higher Level Concepts * Creating a Style of Music * Order of the Songs * Concept Albums Chapter 9 - Producing in the Studio * Critiquing a Performance - Critiquing the whole band at once - Critiquing Individual Performances * Focus and Concentration * Other Contributing Factors Chapter 10 - Overall Production Goals * Combining the 13 Aspects to Create an Overall Major Production * High Level Producer Values * Overproducing SECTION 6 - CREATIVITY Chapter 11 - Tapping into the Source - Inspiring Creativity Chapter 12 - Balancing Creativity and Mass Appeal (Industry Trends) Chapter 13 - Moment-to-Moment Awareness Chapter 14 - Songwriting SECTION 7 - SELECTING A PRODUCER / BECOMING A PRODUCER Chapter 15 - Choosing a Producer * What to Look For in a Producer * Finding a Producer * How to Interview a Producer * How to Present Yourself to a Producer Chapter 16 - Selling Yourself as a Producer * Getting the Job - Finding Bands * Poop Sheets * Rate Sheets SECTION 8 - PROTECTING YOUR MUSIC Chapter 17 - Protection * Copyrights * Record Deal Points and Percentages * Negotiating Record Deals ABOUT THE AUTHORS APPENDICES A. Checklist of all homework to be done before the Pre-Production meeting B. Nomenclature and Monosyllables for Describing Musical and Rhythmical Patterns
C. Forms D. Virtual Mixer Interface GLOSSARY INDEX

About the Author

David Gibson has been teaching, engineering and producing groups in major 24 track studios since 1982 and is the founder of Globe Institute of Recording and Production. He has done recording for James Brown's band, Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominoes), The Atlanta Rhythm Sections, Hank Williams Jr.'s band, members of the Doobie Brothers, Lacy J. Dalton, and Herbie Hancock. Gibson is currently the #1 seller of Sound Healing music, also used in hospitals across the U.S, and he is the author of the best selling book, The Art of Mixing. Maestro Curtis, MALS has produced countless artists, such as Hubert Eaves III (D-Train). He has also produced his own band, Xpression, on the Kalimba Records label with executive producer Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire. Curtis has performed with such artists as Peabo Bryson, The O'Jays, George Benson, Phyllis Hyman, and Lenny Williams. He has also played with the Count Basie Orchestra.


"I believe "The Art Of Producing" very rapidly, will become the aspiring Producers reference Bible. It is the most thorough book I've seen that goes in depth to the whole producers process of production techniques from start to finish". - Hubert Eaves III - Producer for Luther Vandross, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin.

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