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Music Production Process

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Music Production Process

Introduction

Learning about music production is the process that never ends, you always learn something every day, even the pros say “they are still learning”. There are some common pitfalls to try to avoid when pursuing the music producer’s dream. Tips I will show you doesn’t mean you should follow these blindly.

Learn and grasp from these tips and blend these tips into your own style, by the way at the end of the day you should be happy and be having fun producing music, that’s all that matters, only if you are passionate about music.

To make it a little bit easier for you, we have divided the music production concept into two parts the creative part and the technical part. So, without any further, let’s deep dive into the world of music production tips.

Learn these tips and blend these tips into your own style, by the way at the end of the day you should be happy and be having fun producing music, that’s all that matters, only if you are passionate about music.

To make it a little bit easier for you, we have divided the music production concept into two parts the creative part and the technical part. So, without any further, let’s deep dive into the world of music production tips.

To make it a little bit easier for you, we have divided the music production concept into two parts the creative part and the technical part. So, without any further, let’s deep dive into the world of music production tips.

The Creative Side of Music Production

1 Analyze the song structures, transitions, the groove of your favorite songs that influence you.

I hope you listen to your favorite song carefully and try to learn something from them. If you don’t do this when you listen to your favorite song or any song from the related genre listen carefully from the start to the end of the song. Listen how’s the INTRO of the song, how does it transition into the VERSE, how did they create the BUILDUP/PRE-CHORUS, and how’s the DROP/CHORUS sounds. How’s vocals sounding, are the drums and basslines of your tracks sound tight in comparison to theirs.

How’s vocals sounding, are the drums and basslines of your tracks sound tight in comparison to theirs.

2 Learn To Steal Like An Artist

There’s no harm to steal until you steal like an artist. What I mean is if you like certain elements of any certain songs, try to implement that element into your song. But by all means, DONT COPY MELODY OF THE SONG, make your own original melody.

You can copy drum patterns, drum fills with slight variation, like the groove implement in your songs, chord progressions can be copied. Copy the song structure of radio hits and implement into your songs.  Try different artists who have signature sounds and you might come up with your own different style.

3 The Power Of Sound Designing

Do you like messing with the synth for hours and come up with new sounds? Welcome to the world of sound designing(a never-ending process). Try making new sounds not just by synthesis, but also by layering sounds that compliment each other, otherwise, it will sound muddy and ruin your mixes, time and your efforts.

Learn to EQ so you can easily get rid of or enhance the frequencies you want your audience to listen. COMPRESSION also provides the necessary help when designing sounds, sound designing is one of the most important aspects of modern music production.

If you are new then learn basic synthesis as there are different types of synthesis, subtractive synthesis, FM synthesis and wavetable synthesis are common and widely used to create sounds in music production.

If you are new then learn basic synthesis as there are different types of synthesis, subtractive synthesis, FM synthesis and wavetable synthesis are common and widely used to create sounds in music production.

4 Come Up With Something/A Song Writing Process

In the development of a song, it is best to usually start with the skeleton of a simple tune. This is what everyone remembers, and that is the element most basic of a song. Once you have some basic skeleton of the bassline and drums with a rhythmic structure of the chords on the guitar or piano, you can arrange the pieces of your rhythm section into the song structure. Music composition is the creative side of music production and is the most important part of music production.

Once you have some basic skeleton of the bassline and drums with a rhythmic structure of the chords on the guitar or piano, you can arrange the pieces of your rhythm section into the song structure. Music composition is the creative side of music production and is the most important part of music production.

5 LISTEN LISTEN AND LISTEN

It will be the time when you will get stuck into composer’s block and to the easiest way to get rid of the block is to find the inspiration from someone else’s songs. So it is very important for you as a music producer to listen as many songs as possible.

Not just listen to the type of music you like, give it a try to the new type (genre) of music that never listened before in your life. Leverage the power of the internet to your benefit, use internet radio to find the different genre of music and listen to it. Try different language, different rhythms and anything that is unfamiliar to your ears.

Not just listen to the type of music you like, give it a try to the new type (genre) of music that never listened before in your life. Leverage the power of the internet to your benefit, use internet radio to find the different genre of music and listen to it. Try different language, different rhythms and anything that is unfamiliar to your ears.

6 MUSIC THEORY

Well, in reality, you can make music without learning the music theory known as making music by ear. But if you want to stand out from the rest of the crowd you should at least know the basics of music theory. Scales such as Major Scales, Minor Scales, Pentatonic Scales, etc.

Learn how to make chords out of the scales and learn how chord progressions are made because chord progressions are responsible for the harmony of the songs and melody is.

Scales such as Major Scales, Minor Scales, Pentatonic Scales, etc. Learn how to make chords out of the scales and learn how chord progressions are made because chord progressions are responsible for the harmony of the songs and melody is made out of the scales.

So you can still make music by ear and take more time to figure out which note will fit into the songs or learn basic music theory stick to the scales and convert the tune that is inside your head and make music out of that. You can practice music scales on the piano or on the piano app for your smartphones.

The Technical Side of Music Production

7 LEARN AUDIO PROCESSING TECHNIQUES

There are different types of audio processing techniques available in modern music production from basic automation to advanced mixing and mastering techniques. In simple words, audio processing techniques are simply the process of problem-solving that may be occurred during music composing stage of the music production.

We are going to learn some audio processing techniques in the next few points that will help you get better sounding recordings, mixes, and masters.

In simple words, audio processing techniques are simply the process of problem-solving that may be occurred during music composing stage of the music production. We are going to learn some audio processing techniques in the next few points that will help you get better sounding recordings, mixes, and masters.

8 MIXING

Audio mixing is part technical and part creative process in music production, by which multiple audio tracks are combined into one or more channels using volume faders, DSPs and much more. The Pink noise mixing technique is good starting point for beginners. You should always remember that there is no right or wrong way while mixing audio, use your ears because ears of a human are the most important asset in music production.

Some general rules: The first step to mixing is volume, use the volume faders to adjust the volume of audio tracks, try putting all audio tracks to all the way down and start with one audio track at a time.

Next, comes the panning, pan the tracks into the stereo field, like in drum kit it is always a good to keep kick drum always dead center and hats and crash cymbals across the stereo field. Imagine your self in a concert hall where drums are at the center, guitar, and keys to either right or left.

Next step is to start cleaning up individual audio tracks with EQclean lows and highs, cut or boost(cutting is better than boosting) according to source sounds. then use other processors like compressors and the dynamic processors.

9 Mastering

Mastering is the final step or process in music production. Mastering is the process where Mastering Engineer takes the final mix (audio multi-track recording) and polishes it, makes it loud and shine and preparing for distribution.

Common tools used by mastering engineer are EQ, Compressors, Saturation, Multiband Plugins, Stereo Imaging Plugins like Izotope Ozone Imager, De-Esser, Harmonic Exciter, Limiter/Maximizer.

Mastering will not use all of the above plugins at the single audio mix ever. Mastering Engineer’s job is to listen to the final mix several times, take the notes and work accordingly. Audio mastering is the dark art for those who don’t understand what it is.

Simple tips to consider, when mastering is, to use only or few plugins like:

If you think the mix is not bright enough use EQ boost at high frequencies or give a narrow cut if you are hearing some frequency has a bad ringing resonance.

Using Multiband compressors to tight that sub bass and use the stereo imager to widen the mix if you think that the mix is too narrow.

The last step that every mastering engineers will use to make the mix loud enough and make it radio ready with the help of maximizer/limiter.

Listen to your final mastered track from every audio playback device possible.

Conclusion

We are at the end of the article, I hope you like reading the article. Just remember music production is the never-ending learning process, you learn something every day, don’t stop learning because “if you stop learning you stop growing”.


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