What Does A Ghost Producer Do?

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The main function of a ghost producer is to create music for other artists for them to release as their own music.  Here we’ll explain the process of how this is done and what goes into a ghost production.

Communicating With The Client And Understanding Their Needs

Ghost producers will generally begin a project by asking their client to provide some important information such as:

  • The purpose for the production and who the target audience
  • Other music released by the artist (if any) to maintain consistency with their music brand
  • Links to any relevant content online associated with the project
  • Examples of productions the customers think have some qualities they would like to hear in their ghost production
  • Any other musical input the client would like to add to the production

Having an understanding for what the customer wants is by far the most important part for a successful production.

In some cases, a client may like the sound of a ghost producers work and give them free reign over the production. Although much less common, this can also produce some great results.

Taking It To The Studio And Getting Started

Once the ghost producer has an understanding of their customer’s needs they get into the studio and start producing.

Ghost producers usually use digital audio workstations, otherwise known as DAWs to produce their music.  Some popular DAWs are FL Studio, Ableton Live, Logic Pro X and many more.  You can check out a list of current popular DAWs here.

Using this software and a combination of Virtual Studio Technology software (VST), ghost producers can create demos for their customers to listen to in a matter of days.  Here’s some more information on VSTs.

Receiving Feedback And Creating The Perfect End Product

Feedback and working with the client is the icing on the cake when it comes to a great result.  For this reason, it’s really important that ghost producers have excellent communication skills and are native in the language you speak. 

The client will hear the first version of the track and will decide to finalise the project, or send through revision notes for the ghost producer to incorporate into the updated version of the track.

From here, the ghost producer and client will go back and fourth until they reach that perfect end product.

Finalising The Project And Making Sure All Bases Are Covered

After the customer has said they are happy with the final version of the production, it’s time for the ghost producer to provide all the included files.  This will generally include:

  • Mixing and mastering completed
  • Vocal mixing (when necessary)
  • Full version of track (320kbps & WAV version)
  • Radio and extended mixes when requested
  • MIDI files
  • Original project files
  • List of used VSTs used
  • Copyright transferred to customer

Once those files have been received by the customer the project is complete. The ghost producer no longer owns any of the copyright to the track and the customer can use it as they see fit!

We hope you enjoyed our article about what ghost producers do.  If you still aren’t really sure what a ghost producer is you can check out our post explaining what a ghost producer is. If you’re curious to know how much money they make we go into detail on that in this post about how much money ghost producers make.

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