Have you got a couple of songs demoed on your iphone? Got no band? Not sure where to start?
Want your record to sound like Soundgarden, but your demos sound like Savage Garden?
Never fear! This is production, and we can help! A producer will help you get your ideas together, give you an 'outsiders' perspective on your songs and arrangement, help find the right musicians/performers, help get a vision for the record and generally make things happen.
Great producers have usually worked their way up from great engineers, so quite often they can do it all. Many great producers also play instruments, write music and have bands. A great producer can be the difference between something good and something amazing.
BEWARE! Your best friends' 'mate' who has a home studio and a day job as an accountant IS NOT A PRODUCER. This guy, with all the best intentions, will end up slowing your project down, furnish your record with naff ideas, make the record cost more and generally assist you to make an inferior product.
And if you're that guy, then remember that WE LOVE HOME STUDIOS. Honestly, they are great. But, like every other 'profession' out there, some things are better left to those who have trained and apply their skills on a daily basis.