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What Is Music Production?


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Table of Contents

Section A: What is Music Production
A-1 Quantifying It
A-2 Analyzing It

Section B: Being It
B-1 Being a Producer
B-2 Your People
B-3 Being a Business

Section C: Prepping It
C-1 What's the Deal
C-2 Pre-Production
C-3 Project Management
C-4 The Desired Outcome: Strategies for Success

Section D: Doing It
D-1 The Session
D-2 The Mix
D-3 The Mastering Session

Section E: The Future
E-1 The Changing Face of Music Production

Section F
F-1 Appendix 1: The Tape Store
F-2 Appendix 2: Glossary

About the Author

Russ Hepworth-Sawyer is a sound engineer and producer with extensive experience in all things audio. He is a member of the Association of Professional Recording Services and the Audio Engineering Society; a Fellow of the Institute For Learning (U.K.); and a board member of the Music Producer's Guild. Through MOTTOsound (, Russ works freelance in the industry as a mastering engineer, a producer, writer, and consultant. Russ currently lectures part-time for York St John University and Barnsley College Online and has taught extensively in higher education at British institutions including Leeds College of Music, London College of Music, and Rose Bruford College. He currently writes for Pro Sound News Europe, has contributed to Sound On Sound magazine, and has written many titles for Focal Press. Craig Golding is currently Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Music Production degree program at Leeds College of Music in the U.K. Craig lectures in production, sound recording techniques, studio production, and song production and leads a team that is responsible for the delivery and development of one of the most popular music production courses in the U.K. Craig also has an active freelance career in sound engineering and production with over a decade's experience working in the industry. Under the banner of CMG Sound Craig has worked as an FOH engineer at many large venues in the U.K. including The Sage Gateshead; The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; and Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. Craig continues to work with a variety of artists and ensembles both in live and studio contexts.


Hepworth-Sawyers' What is Music Production excerpted on ProSoundWeb

"Authors Russ Hepworth-Sawyer and Craig Golding tackle a seemingly nebulous and elusive target for the subject of this 277 page book from Focal Press. I liked that they first define and quantify music production in the first section sections and then go on to describe what kind of people gravitate toward this profession, what being a music producer really means, and how to make a living/business out of it.. I found What is Music Production? An excellent read and well worth adding to your library."--Music Connection

"This book isn't a 'Bible' for every producer (could there be such a thing?), but as a go-to guide on a variety of topics and an enlightening insight into parts of the industry we don't always know enough about, it's a fascinating read and highly recommended."--Review in Recording Magazine

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