Music Production Methods

Music Production Methods

A Concise Guide for Understanding Your Role, Process, and Order

Josh Bess


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While the role of a producer is constantly evolving in relation to music, time, and technological transitions and updates, there are proven similarities throughout all musical productions regarding processes and workflow management.

In this practical and highly accessible guide, Josh Bess breaks music production down into core concepts, approaches, and methods essential to any piece of recorded music, regardless of genre and style of music:

  • The role of a music producer
  • The process of recorded music
  • The order of the music production process

A fundamental understanding of these three aspects are key to any production, and a firm grasp can help music producers solve problems from start to finish and ultimately create better music. Music ProductionMethods features exercises and templates available for download that will help producers and music production students reflect on their current practices, troubleshoot workflows, and solve creative problems.


Josh Bess:

JOSH BESS is a music producer, Ableton Certified Trainer, and an educator with a Higher Education Teaching Certificate from Harvard University. He is the author of Electronic Dance Music Grooves: House,Techno, Hip-Hop, Dubstep and More! and has created multiple TEC Award–nominated instructional video courses. An artist and producer with releases through Armada Music, he is a resident music producer at Fashion Week TOKYO. He is also a studio drummer with multiple television and commercial music placements on MTV, Disney, and Nickelodeon.