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Freelance Music Producers Share Insights into Their Production Process

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DanSchmalzMusic producer about 1 month ago Contact
I've always loved creating music. I studied audio engineering at University and have spent more than 25 years songwriting and producing music. In addition to my work as a producer, I am also a mastering engineer for Paramount Music Group. I have worked with artists in nearly every style of music and across 19 countries. At the core of what I do is my belief that music has the power to change lives, and I am committed to helping artists create their unique voice, rhythm, and sound.
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DanSchmalzMusic producer about 1 month ago Contact
I've worked in nearly every genre and would say that the quality from one to the next does not change. One of the many strengths i've gained from producing for this long is I have built a network of artists that can help create amazing music in any genre. I'm personally most proficient in the pop, pop-rock genre.
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DanSchmalzMusic producer about 1 month ago Contact
My creative toolkit is built around industry-standard software and a diverse array of tools. I use ProTools as my primary digital audio workstation, I find it to be the most robust and makes for a seamless workflow to bring my musical visions to life. Within Pro Tools, I utilize a vast selection of plugins, ranging from virtual instruments to effects processors. Additionally, I integrate vintage gear into my setup whenever possible. Taylor acoustic guitars, Gretsch, Ibanez, and Fender electric guitars, each lending its unique timbre to the mix. I interface with SSL hardware for clarity and reliability.
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DanSchmalzMusic producer about 1 month ago Contact
Collaboration lies at the heart of my creative process, and I leverage a variety of online platforms to connect with artists. Whether it's Zoom, Google Meet, or JamKazam, I utilize these video conferencing tools to facilitate real-time communication and brainstorming sessions. When it comes to sharing music for sync opportunities or label briefs, Disco is my go-to solution, streamlining the process of distributing tracks and receiving feedback. For larger file transfers I use a dedicated file transfer solutions to ensure transferring files without compromising audio integrity.
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DanSchmalzMusic producer about 1 month ago Contact
I'm always on the lookout for new music and new artists to work with. My production process begins with a thorough consultation with the artist to understand their vision, influences, and goals. From there, I typically start with pre-production, where we discuss song structure, arrangement, and instrumentation. Once we have a clear direction, I dive into the recording process. It is essential to bring the artist along in this process. I typically don't put a time limit or revision limit on any of this process. Once we are excited about how the overall production sounds we will move to mixing and mastering, ensuring the final product stands out in today's competitive market.
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DanSchmalzMusic producer about 1 month ago Contact
Capturing the artist's vision is paramount in the production process. I achieve this through open communication and collaboration at every stage. I encourage artists to share reference tracks, mood boards, or any other material that helps articulate their creative vision. I also encourage feedback throughout the production process to ensure we stay aligned with the artist's expectations.
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DanSchmalzMusic producer about 1 month ago Contact
Revisions are an essential part of the creative process, and I handle them with flexibility. I typically offer unlimited to ensure the artist is completely satisfied with the final product. Clear communication and constructive feedback are key to making revisions efficient and effective.
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DanSchmalzMusic producer about 1 month ago Contact
My rates vary depending on the scope of the project and the artist's needs. For production-only services, my rates range from $500 to $1000 USD per song. For comprehensive packages including assistance with lyrics, toplining, production, mix, and master, the cost can range from $1000 to $1500 USD per song. However, I'm always willing to discuss custom packages and pricing options to accommodate different budgets.
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DanSchmalzMusic producer about 1 month ago Contact
While I maintain confidentiality with my ghost production work, I've collaborated on numerous notable projects with major label artists and emerging talents. I can provide portfolio samples and references upon request to showcase the caliber of my work and the diversity of artists I've worked with.
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DanSchmalzMusic producer about 1 month ago Contact
Staying updated with the latest trends is crucial in the fast-paced music industry. I actively engage in networking events, such as monthly collaboration sessions and meet-and-greets, to connect with other professionals and stay aware of emerging trends. Additionally, I regularly consume industry publications, attend workshops, and explore new music across various platforms to stay inspired and informed.
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DanSchmalzMusic producer about 1 month ago Contact
Hiring a freelancer online requires careful consideration and due diligence. Here are some tips:

1. Review their portfolio and past projects to ensure they have experience relevant to your needs.
2. Check for testimonials or references from previous clients to gauge their professionalism and quality of work.
3. Clarify expectations, deadlines, and payment terms upfront to avoid misunderstandings later on.
4. Communicate openly and regularly throughout the project to ensure alignment and address any concerns promptly.
5. Trust your instincts and choose a freelancer who not only has the skills but also understands your vision and values collaboration.