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Radio Production, 5th Edition by Robert McLeish

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Music recording

There are three questions that a producer should ask before becoming involved in the production of any music.

First, is the material offered relevant to programme needs? The technically minded producer, audiophile or engineer can easily create reasons for recording a particular music occasion other than for its value as good programming. It may represent an attractive technical challenge or be the sort of concert which at the time seems a good idea to have ‘in the can’. Alternatively, the desire to record a particular group of performers may outweigh considerations of the suitability of what they are playing. Sometimes musicians are visually persuasive but aurally colourless, as with many club performers dependent on an atmosphere ...

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