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What Skills Does A Music Producer Need?

Music production is a technical job that requires a lot of specific knowledge in certain key areas,

When I first got started out in music, I had to figure these things out on my own and it was not an easy process.

Just in case you’re thinking about a career in music production here are the skills that you’ll need:

A Good ear

Technical Skills


Music Theory

These are the most important and most valuable skills any music producer should have.

There are other skills that come into play but most of them fall under the

categories above.

Let’s have in depth look into each of these.

A Good ear

A good music producer has to have a great ear for music, not only will this

help in the processing work but it will also greatly work great in favor of the


Most people think great producers are born with a great ear for music, but

that is not entirely true.

Granted, a person that was born with a natural sensitivity to music will obviously use this talent in their production,

but a good ear for you music is something that can be developed over time.

As with any skill, the longer you do it, the more you understand it and the more you learn in the process.

Therefore you shouldn’t be discouraged but should rather focus on working

on sharpening you production ear,

because this is one of the most fundamental skills that you’ll need.

Like a child has to be taught right from wrong,

a producer also has to learn how to distinguish good music from bad music.

Technical Skills

A good ear for music is quiet important,

but it won’t be as useful if the producer does not have the technical skills

required to fully make or produce music.

The first important technical skill is the ability to compose and write music,

either with a physical instrument or software.

Secondly, knowing how to use music production software is not a necessity but a requirement;

you’ll need to understand and learn how to use digital audio workstations

because they are tools that you’ll use to produce your music.

Thirdly, a music producer will need to know how to record music, mix it, and master it for release.

This in itself requires specific knowledge that a music producer should have to tackle any song or any form music production work.

A music producer should be able to provide the direction for the whole song,

therefore a combination of technical knowledge and vision should be at the


Knowing how to use and handle music production equipment is also a

definite must because it will tie in all the skills mentioned here.


In any field, the importance of self-reflection cannot be stressed enough,

because that is how you judge your strengths and weaknesses.

A good ear for music and having technical skills is very important for the

hands on stuff like mixing and mastering,

but to be able to make the best quality music; a music producer should self-reflect and make judgments regarding their strong points such as their


Knowing the genre that a music producer is well accustomed to will serve

both the artist and the producer himself because it will be easier to handle sessions,

and the artist will be more confident knowing that the music producer is working within their core expertise.

Therefore a good skill and overall personality trait that a music producer

should have is the ability to work on themselves by figuring out what they do best.

The fact is not every music producer can be multi-genre,

you could have a good knowledge of music overall but you may not fit into

some genres therefore figuring this out and working with it can mean the

difference between a great music producer and an average one.

Music Theory

The most basic definition of music theory is the study of the practice and

possibilities of music.

Music theory is one of the very key elements that any music producer should have,

not only will it make your life easier but it will allow you to experiment and

basically stretch the possibilities of music like the definition states.

Let me point out that you can still effectively produce music without music

theory knowledge but you’ll have certain limitations.

Therefore it is very vital that a music producer spend some time learning

music theory because it will serve them in the long run; there are lots of

resources with the availability of information all over the internet.

Music Production YouTube channel tutorials can be helpful in this case.


This post has covered the very key skills that a music producer should have,

within these skills there exist subsets of skills that help in music production.

A good ear for music is very fundamental to the whole process of song

making, and it will help the artist achieve the best possible version of the song.

The second skill is having the technical know-how of basic music production technique;

namely recording mixing and mastering plus a basic understanding of how to use equipment.

The third skill is self-analysis which is basically a self-check for the producer to identify trends, weaknesses and strengths in their production work.

This will help in achieving better quality music and filtering out genres that the music producer is not comfortable with.

The last skill I recommend for any music producer of any genre is learning music theory and how to apply it.

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