Engineers and Producers

Albin J. Zak III

in The Poetics of Rock

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780520218093
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928152 | DOI:
Engineers and Producers

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This chapter deals with some of the social aspects of record making, namely, the dynamics of collaboration as seen in the roles of engineers and producers. The tasks involved in record making are songwriting, arranging, performing, engineering, and producing. These are the nominal categories of contributors that usually appear in an album's credits, and they reflect the coordinated creative effort involved. The process is, however, fluid, and tasks often merge or overlap. A vocalist may reshape the work of a songwriter through improvised embellishments. A mixing engineer can affect a track's arrangement simply by manipulating the equalization and loudness controls on the mixing console. Producers may act as arrangers, performers, songwriters, or engineers. In short, tracks develop in an organic way, and distinctions among roles need not be definitive. Collaboration fuels a catalytic responsive flow that can take many forms as ideas circulate among a project's participants and the project moves through its various stages.

Keywords: engineers; producers; composition team; artist; contributors

Chapter.  8318 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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