Become a music producer

Are you still at the beginning of your career and would like to find out more about the professional field of music producer or audio engineer? Here you will find everything about studying and training to become a music producer or audio engineer, salary, activities and jobs in the audio industry.

Welcome to the ultimate guide for anyone who dreams of becoming a music producer or audio engineer! Regardless of whether you are just starting out in your career or are already working in the music industry and would like to deepen your knowledge - here you can find out everything about study and training opportunities, salaries and the fascinating tasks that the professional field of audio engineer entails.

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What does a music producer do?

A music producer is a person who has creative and technical control over the recording and production of music. A music producer works closely with the artists, songwriters and sound engineers to ensure the sound of the music is perfect.
A music producer's responsibilities include selecting and overseeing the recording and mixing session, deciding on the sound and style of the music, working with songwriters to develop lyrics and melodies, adding instruments or vocal tracks to the music, adjusting the tempo and key of the recording and mixing the various tracks to create the finished song.

  • Musical vision and concept development
  • Songwriting and arrangement
  • Studio recordings
  • Production of the instrumental
  • Technical implementation
  • Artistic collaboration with other artists
  • Budget and resource management
  • Mixing and mastering
  • Publication and promotion

A music producer must have both creative and technical skills to ensure that the sound of the music is both artistically pleasing and technically sound. A successful music producer can also advance an artist's career by helping them expand their musical repertoire, connecting them with other musicians and industry contacts, and assisting in marketing their music.


State-recognized training or study is not a prerequisite for becoming successful in the music industry, but structured training can help to close knowledge gaps and understand learning content more quickly.

Although formal training or a state-recognized degree is not mandatory, courses and training offer the opportunity to close knowledge gaps and understand learning content more quickly. There are numerous examples of successful musicians and producers who have taken different educational paths.

Singer/songwriter Georg Ezra, for example, studied at the BIMM Institute in Bristol - but rapper 50 Cent never did. The German music producer community is very helpful - exchange ideas with other musicians and producers on the Internet and visit trade fairs such as beatcon or master classes and workshops from successful music producers and audio engineers.

Practice and experience are crucial – consistency is key! Although not every successful musician and producer has studied sound engineering or music, there are still good reasons to study the subject extensively and practice a lot - Hard Work Beats Talent!

Training or further education in the music and creative industries doesn't hurt and tutorials, master classes, workshops and long nights in the studio are good ways to get better!

US producer Murda Beatz, for example, said in an interview that he only got better by making music every day, producing beats and recreating songs. So don't be distracted by too many tutorials and start doing it yourself. Maybe it’s just in your blood?

I want to become a music producer and I'm taking you on my journey.

Beshko (Founder, Audio Engineer)



Music production covers various areas, including digital and electrical engineering, acoustics, sound synthesis, mixing and mastering. Comprehensive training covers these fields and forms the basis for a successful career as a music producer.

You can find an overview of all areas of music production here:

  • Digital and electrical engineering
  • Acoustics, psychoacoustics
  • Sound and sound fields
  • Sound synthesis
  • Effects
  • Audio editing
  • Levels and metering
  • Mixing and mastering
  • Studio signal flow and live technology
  • Analogue, digital and hybrid mixing consoles
  • Recording procedures and recording techniques (microphoning)
  • Dubbing of video games, films and advertising, sound branding
  • Music distribution


The audio engineer, also known as a sound engineer, is a key player in the music and entertainment industry. Compared to the music producer, his focus is on the technical implementation. While the music producer takes on the creative direction of a project, the audio engineer ensures that the artistic vision is translated into high-quality sound recordings.

In music production, the sound engineer coordinates the recording processes, selects the appropriate equipment, arranges microphones, sets up mixers and applies effects. Your responsibilities range from sound reproduction to studio recording, audio editing, mixing and mastering. In film, broadcast, game development and live events, the audio engineer plays a similarly pivotal role, ensuring that sound is seamless and high quality.

Day-to-day work can vary, from controlled studio environments to dynamic live performances. Regardless of the field, the job requires technical skills, creativity and the ability to work with different stakeholders. Constant adaptation to new technologies is crucial in order to meet changing requirements.


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A music producer's income can vary greatly and depends on various factors, including experience level, popularity, genre, regional differences and type of projects. There are both established music producers who earn very high incomes and aspiring producers who may earn less.

Some music producers work on a fee basis or receive a set compensation per project. Others may earn revenue from sales, streaming royalties, or licensing fees. Some successful producers also share in the commercial success of the songs they produce through contracts that guarantee them a share of the sales proceeds.

In general, a music producer's income can vary greatly, ranging from a low five figures to several million dollars per year for the top producers in the music industry. It is important to note that there is no set rule and incomes can fluctuate greatly.


An audio engineer's income can also vary greatly and is influenced by various factors. This includes experience, expertise, place of work, industry and the engineer's reputation. Here are some rough estimates:

Beginner level:

  • In the early stages of your career, the income for entry-level audio engineering professionals could be between 20,000 and 40,000 euros/year, depending on the region and the demand for audio engineers.

Experienced engineers:

  • With increasing experience and expertise, income can increase to 40,000 to 80,000 euros/year. Experienced engineers can also earn additional income through freelancing or project-based work.

Industry-specific differences:

  • Audio engineers who work in particularly competitive industries such as music production in large studios or film and television production often have higher income opportunities.

Freelance work:

  • Freelance audio engineers may have variable income as it depends on the number of projects they are involved in. In this case, engineers can earn a higher income depending on their reputation and ability to acquire orders.
    It is important to note that these numbers are rough estimates and that individual incomes can vary significantly. In addition, further training, specializations and networking can influence an audio engineer's earning potential.

How MPW supports you on your journey

Founded in 2019 as a community project, MPW aims to provide a comprehensive website with valuable resources for music producers, audio engineers, students and trainees.

Navigate the site's menu to find in-depth information from A-Z, from studying to your first song release and playlist pitching. Alternatively, you can follow us on Instagram and network with other producers from the scene. Our new newsletter will keep you up to date so you don't miss any important blog posts, as we've been publishing a brand new article every week since 2024.

With this comprehensive guide, you'll be well prepared to dive into the fascinating world of music production and sound engineering. Good luck on your path to becoming a music producer or audio engineer!



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