This comparison is an absolute cause for debate. It’s a very interesting animal to dissect, so let’s get right to it. There is a huge difference between someone who makes beats and a producer. Although a lot of beat makers will tell you that they are producers, the truth is that it takes more than making a beat to be a producer. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “Just because you’re at the airport, doesn’t mean you’re an airplane.” The same principle applies to production. Just because you put a beat together, doesn’t mean you’re a producer. Here are the major differences between a beat maker and a producer.
Producers take their time thinking about:
- Who the track is for (artists)
Beat Makers take their time thinking about:
- The drums being loud
- What other instruments to put
- How quickly can I show this to someone?
- The intro can be the hook, ending, verses, etc.
- Listen the beat over and over to ensure that all the elements fit within the context of the track.
- If a certain instrument doesn’t fit they will modify it or take that instrument out.
- Take time with their drums to ensure that everything, up to the sound of the high hat, fits into the track.
- Understand the body of work and know where the climaxes are and where the low points are.
- Worry about the beat being good to them regardless of elements fitting or not.
- If they like an element they will keep it as is, regardless of how it sounds with everything else.
- Pick a kick, snare or clap, whatever high-hat and create their drums without analyzing how it fits. Or they just go with the first drums they like.
- Don’t worry about climax, or low points. They rather make the beat the same from beginning to end. Sometimes with some small changes.
- Don’t like showing raw material. They wait to show artists until it is 100% complete. (Unless the artists insist)
- Will listen to the instrumental in the car, on their iPods, on the computer, in the house stereo, on a small cd player, anywhere and everywhere. This is so they can get a better idea of the mix.
- Any other mixing tool
- Will show their beat to anyone even if its just drums.
- Hear their beat once on their computer and think its ready to go.
- Are confused when you talk to them about frequencies, compressors, etc.
IV. Artist Relationships
- Value the relationship with their artists.
- Communicate with the artist and understand that the paying artist has a say in the beat making process.
- Takes the artists into consideration when creating a beat. They think about what are the artist’s strong points and weak points and try to produce something that the artist can feel comfortable with.
- Honors all contracts, agreements, etc.
- Will give their beats to whoever comes along.
- They don’t communicate with the artist they work with and do everything their own way.
- When creating a beat, they will make the beat however they like and not worry about what the artist can and cannot do.
- Will not honor agreements or dead lines.
There are other factors as well, such as equipment and software. However, I wanted to discuss the technical aspect of producing. I also wanted to add that producers usually have an idea about music theory or know a little bit about how music is put together (although there are some exceptions).
Not everything that shines is gold. Not anyone who makes a beat is a producer.
Beat makers make beats. Producers produce songs. Working together with the artist is one of the many differences between a producer and a beat maker. Do you have anymore points to add to this? kindly leave a comment below.
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