So... You Think You're A Music Producer?

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So... You Think You

This quiz will reveal if you're ready to top the charts. . . Or just a wanna-be bedroom producer stuck with a cracked version of Fruity Loops.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    When the record company asks you to deliver a radio edit or radio version you'd better deliver the right stuff...What's the duration of the song they're expecting you to deliver?
    • A. 

      Less than 2 minutes

    • B. 

      As close to 2 minutes and 25 seconds as possible, without sacrificing the integrity of the song structure

    • C. 

      About 3 to 4 minutes

    • D. 

      About 5 minutes or slightly less

    • E. 

      Radio stations don't care about song duration so it won't matter

  • 2. 
    You need to know your classic quotes when hanging out with musicians or they'll think you're a dork and never want to work with you again...In the cult rock movie "This Is Spinal Tap" lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel has a special amplifier.What's so special about it?
    • A. 

      The amp is possessed by Satan

    • B. 

      Sitting on the amp will give any groupie an instant orgasm when hitting the A string

    • C. 

      It's blacker than black

    • D. 

      No matter what you play it all comes out in minor key

    • E. 

      The knobs go to 11 instead of 10

  • 3. 
    You need to have a basic grasp of the music biz lingo...What does "A&R" stand for?
    • A. 

      Artistic & Reliable

    • B. 

      Art & Research

    • C. 

      Artists & Roadies

    • D. 

      Artist & Repertoire

    • E. 

      Asshole & Robber

  • 4. 
    Some technical knowledge is a must...When converting CD quality sound to MP3 files, what actually happens?
    • A. 

      The MP3 process improves the sound quality for smaller speakers and headphones playback

    • B. 

      File size is reduced by throwing away every other sound bit in the song

    • C. 

      File size is reduced via psychoacoustic data compression

  • 5. 
    Using a saw to hammer a nail isn't going to work, so...Which of these is NOT a sequencer?
    • A. 

      Ableton LIVE

    • B. 

      Logic Pro

    • C. 

      Soundblaster Pro

    • D. 

      Cubase

    • E. 

      ProTools

  • 6. 
    What does the term "drum replacement" refer to?
    • A. 

      Getting another drummer to play the part later on - without telling the drummer in the band

    • B. 

      Moving the drums in relation to the microphone to obtain a better sound while recording

    • C. 

      Detecting and replacing recorded drums with sampled drum hits by using computer software

    • D. 

      When the drummer breaks the skin of the drum and replaces it during a session

  • 7. 
    You don't want the record company to get sued because you did something stupid, and you certainly don't want to get sued yourself, so...How many seconds are you freely allowed by law to sample from a commercial song and use in your own production before you can get in trouble?
    • A. 

      Up to 1 minute

    • B. 

      Up to 30 seconds

    • C. 

      Up to 10 seconds

    • D. 

      Up to 5 seconds

    • E. 

      None, unless it's a short, atonal, and non-vocal sound

  • 8. 
    What does the term "Sunset Clause" refer to?
    • A. 

      A contractual term that ensures e.g. your manager won't be taking percentages forever

    • B. 

      The specified time of day the studio shuts down for the night

    • C. 

      A term originally invented by Mick Jagger, allowing him to take drugs during stage performances

    • D. 

      It's a made up term not used in the music business

  • 9. 
    What sentence most accurately describes the term "dynamics" in relation to audio?
    • A. 

      The difference between the softest and the loudest part

    • B. 

      The time from song release to peak position on the chart

    • C. 

      How loud a song is on the radio

    • D. 

      When there is more verse than chorus in a pop song

    • E. 

      Maxing out the volume during the mastering process

  • 10. 
    What's the name of the legendary music business "bible" written by mega-deal entertainment lawyer Donald S. Passman?
    • A. 

      This Business Of Music

    • B. 

      All You Need To Know About The Music Business

    • C. 

      Behind The Glass

    • D. 

      Music Business 101

    • E. 

      How To Be A Complete Bastard And Get Away With It

  • 11. 
    Finish the sentence:"Album options" in record deals...
    • A. 

      Are always great for the artist

    • B. 

      Are the record company's way of rewarding the artist

    • C. 

      Are usually bad for the artist (despite popular belief to the contrary)

    • D. 

      Have not been legal by law since 2007

  • 12. 
    What Swedish producer worked with both Britney Spears, N'Sync and Backstreet Boys?
    • A. 

      All of the below producers

    • B. 

      Max Martin

    • C. 

      Kristian Lundin

    • D. 

      Rami

    • E. 

      None of the above