The New Age Music Producer
Looking into the situation in the current music industry, a record producer (or music producer) can have a lot of roles. Among these roles may be task like, mentoring and guiding the artist or musicians, controlling the studio recording sessions, organizing and scheduling production budget and other music resources, and obviously one of the most important jobs of the producer was the supervising of the recording, and the mixing and mastering processes.
In the last 20 years the term producer has essentially taken on a new meaning in the music industry. More and more producers are taking a more entrepreneurial role or approach to the music business. This role has been enhanced part because of the recent evolution of digital music, specifically in the hip hop genre. In contemporary digital hip hop music, it is possible for the producer to be the only person involved in the creation of a musical record, album or recording. Today the producer can be responsible for writing, performing, recording and even arranging all the material for a song or album.
With the change and ever decreasing price of professional music software in the industry like FL Studio, Digidesign Protools, Cakewalk Sonar, and Steinberg Cubase, producers can recorded, compose, and arrange entire tracks and songs on a single bedroom computer and get very professional results. All the parts of music production that used to take almost an entire team of people to do, can now all be done by one person, the producer.
The hip hop music industry, for the most part, can be seen as a major beneficiary to the current trend of music technology price drops. People of all economic statuses are now able to have access to some of the best music production tools at very affordable prices. Having powerful semi-professional music software and equipment was almost unheard of about 15 to 20 years ago. Now people of all age group and demographics are able to make music from the comfort of their own homes or studios. Most basic music producers are even able to set up small studios in their basements or bedrooms and get very close to a professional quality recording or sound.
We really don’t know where technology is going to take us in the future of music, but all the current economic signs say the technology will continue to get cheaper by the day. Making it more and more affordable for any body wanting to get into the music production business to set up a studio from home and make professional sounding albums and recording.
Windmill Lane is covered in graffiti from fans who have paid pilgrimage from all over the world, many attracted by the studio’s historical connection with U2. Initially the graffiti was interesting but is now a terrible mess and the quality of the art is not as good as it was.
Windmill Lane Studios, also known as the "U2 studio", is a three-storey music recording studio located in Dublin, Ireland. It is located on Windmill Lane, a small street just south of City Quay and the River Liffey and a little north of Pearse Station. It was opened in 1978 by Brian Masterson who is a company director and head engineer. It was originally used to record traditional Irish music until U2 came along and began to record there. Prior to this, Irish rock bands such as Thin Lizzy or The Boomtown Rats carried out their recordings outside Ireland.
It is now boarded up, with the actual studios having moved elsewhere. Nevertheless, the studios are still a popular cult symbol and are regularly visited by tourists, particularly those originally from the United States.
Pulse Recording College recently took ownership of the studios. The college has previously sent students to work at Windmill Lane straight after graduation and these students have collaborated with 50 Cent, Bryan Adams, Moya Brennan, Donovan, Jon Bon Jovi and New Order.
The studio is no longer located on Windmill Lane, although it retains the name. Windmill Lane Studios has not been located on Windmill Lane for quite some time and the current facility was originally Ringsend Studios in Ringsend, Dublin 4. Plans to construct a six-storey office block on the old site led to criticism from local resident groups in early September 2008.
The studio remained empty from 2006 onwards, although reports circulated which linked Van Morrison with purchasing the studio for his own personal use that August. Morrison had previously recorded several albums there, including Back on Top, Magic Time and Pay the Devil. In January 2008, the studio was used to record "The Ballad of Ronnie Drew". In 2009, Pulse College took over Windmill Lane painstakingly renovating the studios which are internationally perceived as being at the heart of the Irish recording industry. The renowned multimedia college has now transformed the facilities with state-of-the-art equipment which encompasses not only 3 fully equipped recording studios, but also a creative hub for Digital Media Training in areas of Music Production, Film Production and Game Analysis and Design.
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