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Music Production - Quiz

Music production is the process through which tones, musical instruments and all other necessary factors for music are put together to come up with it. The music production quiz below tests and advances your knowledge on the subject.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Why does an artist need a producer?

    • A.

      Someone who knows the process of making records, bring out the best in musicians, and make the tough decisions

    • B.

      Someone who will make the fewest decisions, loudest monitoring, and longest sessions

    • C.

      Someone who is always there

    • D.

      Someone who knows how to make a video, promote a record and brings out best in people

    • E.

      Someone who will tell the best jokes, keeps things rolling and knows when to stop

    • F.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Someone who knows the process of making records, bring out the best in musicians, and make the tough decisions
    Explanation
    An artist needs a producer who knows the process of making records because they have the technical knowledge and expertise to guide the artist through the recording process. The producer can bring out the best in musicians by providing feedback, suggesting improvements, and helping them refine their performances. Additionally, a producer is responsible for making tough decisions, such as selecting which songs to include on an album or deciding on the final mix. Overall, a producer plays a crucial role in ensuring the artist's vision is realized and that the final product meets industry standards.

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  • 2. 

    A demo recording can't become a final release version of a song.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    A demo recording is a rough version of a song that is used to showcase the basic structure and ideas of the song. It is not meant to be a final version and often lacks the polished production and finishing touches that a final release version would have. Therefore, it is possible for a demo recording to become a final release version of a song with the necessary modifications and enhancements.

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  • 3. 

    The two most basic sections of a modern pop song are the

    • A.

      Intro and outro

    • B.

      Verse and chorus

    • C.

      Bridge and middle 8

    • D.

      Solo and end

    • E.

      Contata and fugue

    Correct Answer
    B. Verse and chorus
    Explanation
    In a modern pop song, the two most basic sections are the verse and chorus. The verse typically sets up the story or theme of the song, while the chorus is the catchy and memorable part that is repeated throughout the song. These sections provide structure and help to create a cohesive and memorable song.

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  • 4. 

    Which of these items will not effect a guitar sound?

    • A.

      String size, style and age

    • B.

      Amp choice

    • C.

      Player

    • D.

      Pick guard type

    • E.

      Pickup and/or microphone choice

    Correct Answer
    D. Pick guard type
    Explanation
    The pick guard type will not affect a guitar sound. The pick guard is a protective plate that is placed on the body of the guitar, usually near the sound hole. It is designed to protect the guitar's body from scratches and damage caused by the pick. However, it does not have any direct impact on the sound produced by the guitar. The sound of a guitar is primarily influenced by factors such as string size, style and age, amp choice, player technique, and pickup and/or microphone choice.

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  • 5. 

    Many say the first rock and roll song was

    • A.

      Hound Dog

    • B.

      Stairway to Heaven

    • C.

      Caledonia

    • D.

      Sweet Home Alabama

    • E.

      Emma, Emma

    Correct Answer
    C. Caledonia
    Explanation
    Caledonia is often credited as one of the first rock and roll songs because it was recorded in 1945 by Louis Jordan and the Tympany Five, a rhythm and blues band. The song features a driving beat, energetic vocals, and a catchy melody, which are all characteristic of rock and roll music. Additionally, Caledonia was a popular hit and had a significant influence on the development of the genre.

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  • 6. 

    The record company provides a producer with what three items?

    • A.

      A head, a hand, and a foot

    • B.

      A song, an artist, and a budget

    • C.

      A budget, a contract and an idea

    • D.

      An artist, a budget, and a schedule

    • E.

      An A&R person, an artist, and a budget

    Correct Answer
    D. An artist, a budget, and a schedule
    Explanation
    The record company provides a producer with an artist, a budget, and a schedule. These three items are essential for the producer to successfully produce and manage a music project. The artist is the talent that the producer will work with to create the music. The budget is the financial resources allocated for the project, which will cover expenses such as studio time, equipment, and marketing. The schedule outlines the timeline and deadlines for the project, ensuring that the producer and artist stay on track and meet their goals.

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  • 7. 

    A good place to find songs for a project would be

    • A.

      Publishers, promotion dept. catalogs

    • B.

      Song writers, directors, lawyers

    • C.

      Previously released material, songwriters & publishers

    • D.

      All of the above

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Previously released material, songwriters & publishers
    Explanation
    A good place to find songs for a project would be previously released material, songwriters, and publishers. Previously released material refers to songs that have already been published and made available to the public, which can be a valuable resource for finding suitable songs for a project. Songwriters and publishers are also good sources as they have a vast collection of songs that they have written or represent. By considering all of these options, one can have access to a wide range of songs to choose from for their project.

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  • 8. 

    A producer gets paid to have:

    • A.

      A tantrum

    • B.

      An opinion

    • C.

      A vacation

    • D.

      Lots of gear

    • E.

      Friends

    Correct Answer
    B. An opinion
    Explanation
    A producer gets paid to have an opinion because their expertise and judgment are valuable in the decision-making process of creating a film, TV show, or any other form of media. Their opinion can influence the direction of a project, from casting choices to script revisions, and ultimately contribute to its success. Producers are often hired for their creative vision and ability to make informed decisions, making their opinions highly sought after and compensated.

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  • 9. 

    It's impossible to make a professionally produced CD in one day:

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    It is possible to make a professionally produced CD in one day. With advanced technology and efficient production processes, it is feasible to record, mix, master, duplicate, and package a CD within a day. However, this may depend on the complexity of the project and the resources available.

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  • 10. 

    The engineer for Chris Isaac's 'Wicked Games' session, reflecting on repeated early recording of the song remarked '...we never thought that the drum track had..

    • A.

      The natural sound we were going for

    • B.

      The metronomic feel we really wanted

    • C.

      The proper time signature for the vocal

    • D.

      The angle of attack set correctly

    • E.

      Enough drums

    Correct Answer
    B. The metronomic feel we really wanted
    Explanation
    The engineer for Chris Isaac's 'Wicked Games' session felt that the drum track did not have the metronomic feel they were aiming for. This suggests that they wanted the drums to have a consistent and precise rhythm throughout the song.

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  • 11. 

    Producer 'Mutt' Lange might do what to increase excitement in the chours of one of his productions on which he used sequenced drums?

    • A.

      Play them backwards

    • B.

      Turn them down

    • C.

      Add more vca

    • D.

      Increase the bpm

    • E.

      Lengthen the bars in the chorus

    Correct Answer
    D. Increase the bpm
    Explanation
    To increase excitement in the chorus of one of his productions, producer 'Mutt' Lange might increase the BPM (beats per minute). By increasing the tempo, the song will have a faster pace, creating a sense of energy and excitement. This can help to engage the listeners and make the chorus more impactful.

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  • 12. 

    On Chris Isaac's song 'Wicked Game' the drums were:

    • A.

      Played in one take

    • B.

      Played one at a time

    • C.

      Played from a drum machine

    • D.

      Sampled into an Akai sampler

    • E.

      Left out of the mix

    Correct Answer
    D. Sampled into an Akai sampler
    Explanation
    The drums on Chris Isaac's song 'Wicked Game' were sampled into an Akai sampler. This means that the drum sounds were recorded and then stored in the Akai sampler, allowing them to be played back and manipulated electronically. This technique is commonly used in music production to achieve a desired sound and create a consistent rhythm throughout a song.

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  • 13. 

    Mastering Engineer Bob Ludwig says 3 typical problems with material he receives from clients at Gateway Mastering include:

    • A.

      Time code frequency, incorrect tracks, non-linear distortion

    • B.

      Time code drop outs, lack of or incorrect labeling, distortion

    • C.

      Too much modulation, not enough cowbell

    • D.

      Articulated frequency patterns, improper info, low level

    Correct Answer
    B. Time code drop outs, lack of or incorrect labeling, distortion
    Explanation
    The correct answer is time code drop outs, lack of or incorrect labeling, distortion. This answer accurately reflects the three typical problems that mastering engineer Bob Ludwig encounters with material he receives from clients at Gateway Mastering. Time code drop outs refer to interruptions or errors in the timing information embedded in the audio material. Lack of or incorrect labeling refers to issues with identifying or categorizing the tracks. Distortion refers to unwanted changes in the sound quality, often caused by excessive volume or improper audio processing.

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  • 14. 

    At what frequency range are the most fundamental and lower harmonic tones found

    • A.

      Low & mid frequencies

    • B.

      Q range

    • C.

      High frequencies

    • D.

      Parametric frequencies

    Correct Answer
    A. Low & mid frequencies
    Explanation
    The most fundamental and lower harmonic tones are found in the low and mid frequencies. These frequencies correspond to the lower range of audible sound waves and are responsible for creating the foundational tones of a sound. The higher frequencies would produce higher harmonics and overtones, while parametric frequencies refer to a specific type of frequency manipulation and are not directly related to fundamental or lower harmonic tones.

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  • 15. 

    According to Laurie Anderson, there is only one rule; If you sell records, you can:

    • A.

      Sell less records

    • B.

      Make more records

    • C.

      Take a day off

    • D.

      Sell anything

    Correct Answer
    B. Make more records
    Explanation
    Laurie Anderson believes that the only rule for someone who sells records is to make more records. This implies that the focus should be on creating and producing more music rather than solely focusing on selling records. By continuously creating new records, artists can expand their catalog and potentially increase their chances of success in the music industry.

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  • 16. 

    Most rock, pop, hip hop and country songs are in what time signature?

    • A.

      3/4

    • B.

      2/4

    • C.

      4/4

    • D.

      5/8

    • E.

      6/8

    Correct Answer
    C. 4/4
    Explanation
    Most rock, pop, hip hop, and country songs are in 4/4 time signature. This time signature is also known as common time and is characterized by four beats per measure. It is the most widely used time signature in popular music because it creates a steady and easily recognizable rhythm that is easy to dance or sing along to.

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  • 17. 

    The person responsible for judging every performance during the making of a CD is:

    • A.

      The engineer

    • B.

      The producer

    • C.

      The manager

    • D.

      The studio manager

    Correct Answer
    B. The producer
    Explanation
    The producer is responsible for judging every performance during the making of a CD. They oversee the entire recording process and work closely with the artists and engineers to ensure that the final product meets their vision. The producer is involved in every aspect of the recording, from selecting the songs to providing feedback and guidance to the performers. They have the final say in determining whether a performance meets the desired standards and if any changes or adjustments need to be made.

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  • 18. 

    Once a producer has assertained what is right and what is wrong with a song and it's arrangement, parts etc, he/she should:

    • A.

      Move on to another song

    • B.

      Fix what is right and leave alone what is wrong

    • C.

      Take a vote to make sure everyone else agrees

    • D.

      Fix what is wrong and leave alone what is right

    • E.

      Change everything

    Correct Answer
    D. Fix what is wrong and leave alone what is right
    Explanation
    After the producer has evaluated the song and its arrangement, they should focus on fixing the aspects that are wrong while leaving the parts that are already right untouched. This approach ensures that the producer maintains the positive elements of the song while addressing any issues or improvements that need to be made. It allows for a more efficient and effective process of refining the song without unnecessarily changing everything.

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  • 19. 

    The 3 most important decisions (from these lectures) when producing a song involve:

    • A.

      Song choice, tempo choice, solo instrument

    • B.

      Song choice, vocal performance, the beat or groove

    • C.

      Vocal sound, song title, video director

    • D.

      Drum sound, bass part, song length

    Correct Answer
    B. Song choice, vocal performance, the beat or groove
    Explanation
    The three most important decisions when producing a song are the song choice, vocal performance, and the beat or groove. The song choice sets the foundation for the entire production, as it determines the style, mood, and overall direction of the song. The vocal performance is crucial in conveying the emotions and message of the song, and can greatly impact its overall impact and appeal. The beat or groove sets the rhythm and feel of the song, influencing how it is perceived and enjoyed by listeners. These three decisions work together to create a cohesive and impactful song.

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  • 20. 

    Two important skills a producer should possess:

    • A.

      Ability to tell a hit from hearing a song on the radio

    • B.

      Soldering skills, musical chops

    • C.

      Vision of overall concept, people skills

    • D.

      Excellent video concepts, friends at the record company

    Correct Answer
    C. Vision of overall concept, people skills
    Explanation
    A producer needs to have a vision of the overall concept in order to effectively guide and shape the project. This includes understanding the desired sound, style, and direction of the music. Additionally, people skills are crucial for a producer to effectively communicate and collaborate with the artists, engineers, and other team members involved in the production process. Building strong relationships and creating a positive working environment is essential for a successful outcome.

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  • 21. 

    Most of the time the best time to record lead vocals is:

    • A.

      In one day when the singer comes early

    • B.

      At the last minute

    • C.

      When the drums are completed

    • D.

      Over time & when the singer sings best

    Correct Answer
    D. Over time & when the singer sings best
    Explanation
    The best time to record lead vocals is typically over a period of time and when the singer is performing at their best. This allows for multiple takes and the opportunity to capture the singer's peak performance. Recording vocals over time also allows for breaks and rest periods, which can help maintain the singer's vocal health and prevent fatigue. Additionally, waiting until the singer is singing at their best ensures that the final recording will be of the highest quality.

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  • 22. 

    A producer always uses the engineer who recorded a song to mix it?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    This statement is false. While it is common for the engineer who recorded a song to also mix it, it is not always the case. Producers may choose to work with a different engineer for the mixing process, as they may have a specific vision or prefer the expertise of another engineer. Therefore, it is not a requirement for a producer to always use the engineer who recorded the song for mixing.

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  • 23. 

    Record companies decide which CDs or songs they believe will be hits based on their gut feelings and knowledge of the industry only:

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Record companies do not solely rely on their gut feelings and industry knowledge to decide which CDs or songs will be hits. They use various methods and strategies such as market research, data analysis, consumer trends, and feedback from focus groups to make informed decisions. Gut feelings and industry knowledge may play a role, but they are not the sole determining factors. Therefore, the statement that record companies decide based on gut feelings and industry knowledge only is false.

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  • 24. 

    One item that may not be included in the budget because in the past it was considered part of manufacturing costs is:

    • A.

      Studio time

    • B.

      Payment to musicians

    • C.

      Mastering

    • D.

      Meals

    • E.

      Effects

    Correct Answer
    C. Mastering
    Explanation
    In the past, mastering was considered part of manufacturing costs, which means it was included in the budget. However, the question suggests that currently, mastering may not be included in the budget. This implies that the budgeting process has changed, and mastering is no longer considered part of manufacturing costs. Therefore, mastering is the correct answer as it is the item that may not be included in the budget anymore.

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  • 25. 

    With a fund budget:

    • A.

      The producer gets a sum of money and must deliver product

    • B.

      The artist contributes to the budget

    • C.

      The producer contributes to the budget

    • D.

      The artist is not responsible for payments

    Correct Answer
    A. The producer gets a sum of money and must deliver product
    Explanation
    In a fund budget, the producer is given a certain amount of money and is responsible for delivering the product. This means that the producer has the task of using the allocated funds to create and deliver the desired product. The artist may contribute to the budget, but ultimately it is the producer's responsibility to manage the finances and ensure that the product is successfully completed. The artist is not directly responsible for making payments or managing the budget.

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  • 26. 

    When recording an artist it is best to record as many different styles of music as possible

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Recording as many different styles of music as possible may not be the best approach when recording an artist. It is important to focus on the artist's unique style and genre to create a cohesive and authentic body of work. Recording too many different styles may dilute the artist's identity and confuse their audience. It is more effective to explore different aspects within the artist's chosen style and experiment with variations within their genre to showcase their versatility and creativity.

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  • 27. 

    As a producer you're only consideration is whether the public will like your project:

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    As a producer, your considerations go beyond just whether the public will like your project. You also need to consider factors such as budget, feasibility, marketability, target audience, competition, and potential profitability. It is important to take into account various aspects of the project and make informed decisions based on a holistic approach rather than solely relying on public opinion.

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  • 28. 

    The last chance to make sonic changes to your production before it goes to the plant is:

    • A.

      Mixing

    • B.

      Mastering

    • C.

      Splicing

    • D.

      Initializing

    Correct Answer
    B. Mastering
    Explanation
    Mastering is the final stage in the production process before the music is sent for manufacturing. During mastering, the audio tracks are polished and optimized to achieve the best possible sound quality and consistency across different playback systems. It involves adjusting the overall tonal balance, enhancing the dynamics, and adding any necessary final touches to the audio. This process ensures that the music sounds its best and is ready for distribution. Therefore, mastering is the last opportunity to make any sonic changes to the production before it is sent for manufacturing.

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  • 29. 

    Some of the major aspects of hit popular recordings have stayed the same over the decades, and some have changed.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that there are both similarities and differences in hit popular recordings over the years. This implies that certain elements or aspects of successful recordings have remained consistent, while others have evolved or undergone changes. Therefore, the answer "True" accurately reflects the information provided in the statement.

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