Music is the universal language of the world. I always wanted to be the person behind the creation of the music. I wanted to push and operate all of those buttons on a mixing board (engineer). I actually thought that was what a music producer did. I didn't know they used actual instruments.
Hip-hop is based off of samples and MPC's (drum machines). I thought the producer served the same function as a recording engineer, mixing engineer, arranger and beat maker/composer. Little did I know they were all seperate people but can be one skillful individual when it vomes to audio, a Walter Murch. The recording engineer masters the art of capturing a perfect performance. The producer acts as a director would on a film set and directs the talent/performer. After the song is done being recorded or sometimes on the fly, the mixing engineers then comes in and removes bad frequencies, may boost high frequencies, and alter low frequencies. In all, the producer oversee's all functions in all aspects of making a some come to life. The producer see's the song through in it's production phase and works with it in it's post production phase, during it's mix-down and mastering to ensure it is a perfect track. In some cases a producer may even be apart of the pre-production phase and write the lyrics to a song as well.
In 2006, I began the goal of making my dream of becoming a music producer come to life. Looking up to people like Pharrell Williams, Berry Gordy, Timbaland, Sean "Puffy" Combs, and Q-Tip, just to name a few, I began studying, reading books and doing online research on how to become a music producer and about the music business. It took me a year for everything I had read to sink in. It was finally time to start applying what I had read into everyday learning ventures. I chose a DAW (digital audio workstation) that was windows based because I didn't have a Mac at the time. I used what I had. I torrented FL Studio (Fruity Loops 6 at the time), with a crack, and began making beats. Shortly after I purchased my first midi keyboard and the rest was history. Of course FL has gotten alot of flack over the years, but it has grown and proven credibility in it's short timespan. Major producers who've started out just like me utilize the computer software based producing/composing program with a midi keyboard or even their laptop to make chart topping songs and hits in 2016. Here is a compilation of my early beats and beat remakes from 2006 - 2007.
Got KEYS Beats' Page on Soundclick
P. S. Before there was SoundCloud, there was SoundClick.
-Got KEYS Beats
Choosing BMI out of the PROs
I have successfully registered with one of the Performance Rights Organizations (PROs). I chose BMI, Broadcast Music, Inc. as my PRO of choice, out of the three majors; ASCAP, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, BMI, and SESAC, . Choosing BMI was a given after learning J. Cole, Pharrell Williams and Kanye West are apart of their roster. Being a composer, writer, and a performing artist, I had to follow in the footsteps of former inspirational music composers, writers, and performing artist alike. ASCAP has a $50.00 one time registration fee. SESAC is via invitation only and BMI is now free of cost. I signed up as a writer, leaving BMI for the publisher in a 50% | 50% split coverage for song revenues and royalties. Wish me luck on my journey. Keep Educating Yourself.