Music Production

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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

  • 2. 
    A demo recording can't become a final release version of a song.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 8. 
    A producer gets paid to have:
    • A. 

      A tantrum

    • B. 

      An opinion

    • C. 

      A vacation

    • D. 

      Lots of gear

    • E. 

      Friends

  • 9. 
    It's impossible to make a professionally produced CD in one day:
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 22. 
    A producer always uses the engineer who recorded a song to mix it?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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