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4 Signs Your Producer Isn't Right for You

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Many criteria go into choosing a producer. Style, studio equipment, and even personality all play a role. It's tempting to put on blinders and just assume any producer is perfect for your music, but that's simply not the case. Here are four warning signs that the producer you're working with might not be a good fit.

7 Quotes From the World’s Greatest Producers to Inspire You in the Studio

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We all need a little inspiration sometimes, especially after a long day in the studio when your energy is running low. Thankfully, we can always turn to the pros to give us a shot of inspiration. These legendary producers know a thing or two about getting great sounds in the studio, so take a moment to sit back and let their wisdom sink in.

These Are the Top 5 Most Sampled Songs of All Time

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In the words of producer Mark Ronson, "In music, we take something we love and build on it." Sampling is just that: taking a song we love and crafting it into something new and of our own identity. It's an art, one that's found its way into iconic classics. 

Sampling in music is defined as "the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a sound recording in a different song or piece." Its origins began with experimental musicians who would physically handle tapes and vinyl. But the popularity of sampling caught on quickly with electronic and disco music in the 1970s and 1980s and spread like wildfire. Sampling has been the backbone for the development of several different genres, but this holds especially true for hip-hop, which stems from spinning and sampling.

The larger impacts of the craft are evident, but to what lengths have samples influenced songs that were inspired by them? Here are the top five sampled songs of all time.

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The role of the producer has been evolving for years and years. It used to be the person who booked the studio sessions, hired the musicians, and controlled the direction of the recordings. Today, that role remains for some, but we also look at producers as "the people who make the beats."

Atlanta producer Metro Boomin is just one example of a rising star in the modern world of production. He's produced several number-one records, and he gets full-blown media features just like the vocalists he makes beats for. We even have producers like Deadmau5 and Skrillex who are playing arenas.

So while the traditional producer role is still alive, it's evolving, and musicians are getting more and more adept at learning how to produce their own music.