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5 Important Music Producing Tips To get started

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Follow These 5 Easy Music Producing Tips to Take Your Music to the Next Level!

Music, simply put, is organized and arranged sounds. As Scott Young says, it is the emotional aspect that people primarily buy into.

People don’t buy plastic and paper, they buy emotions

– Scott Young

Personal feelings and experiences are important – emotions are what speak to and move people.

Music Producing Tips to Take Your Music to the Next Level!

Maybe you’re already working out of your home studio or working in one this article will help. Not to mention, if you’re just getting started, the process of producing music has become more accessible than ever. Although it’s still going to take hard work. In contast compared to 20 years ago it’s unbelievable.

There are many intricacies involved in music production to be considered.

Music Producing Tips – 101

Music production is the process of recording, creating, and mixing recorded music for public consumption.

Apart from its broad definition, every work process in modern music production has one thing that’s prevalent – digital tools.

In this article, we will take you through 5 valuable tips to start producing music. We are aiming to make your production process more structured and easier.

Let’s get into these music producing tips!

Spend the bulk of your time in pre-production

Try to spend a good amount of hours preparing for your recording than your actual recording itself. We need to be ready, in other words, when I get into the studio I want my performance to be polished. I don’t want to pay for a glorified rehearsal session.

When you get to recording, make sure you get what you need. If a vocal doesn’t sound quite right. Don’t say “the mix engineer can sort this late”. That takes time and effort and your not giving 100%

So in the event, you happen to come across a glitch. Don’t waste time fixing it later when it could have been fixed beforehand.

With this in mind let’s look at some topics that will help you during your pre-production phase, in detail.

  • Musical elements – Seperated into tracks.
  • Communicating your vision with studio staff
  • Plan out all the recording details
  • Create a schedule or timetable

Even when you’re recording out of your home studio, plan out all of the elements listed above. The more organized you are, the better results you will have. The more fun you’ll have during the whole process, which will often lead to great music!

Understand the tools needed for producing music

Whether you’re a music producer yourself, a session musician, or a sound engineer, you need to know some basics. The more knowledge you have of music production tools, the less of a barrier between your vision and the result.

Knowledge of music production tools could mean:

  • Knowing how your software works
  • Seeing how different microphones work and how it influences their sound
  • Understanding plugins and VST’s

All of these are highly valuable tools that will help you in the long run.

Read more about music production tools by checking out Atlanta Institute of Music and Media.

You can also watch the video below about music production tools if you’re producing music out of your own home.

Imagine a soundscape

When some producers are recording, they like to imagine a visual representation of all the instruments playing. It helps them organize and arrange the correct sounds. Envisioning the perceived performance environment helps create a coherent mix or recording.

Even when using sounds that could be unlikely to be played by physical instruments, this concept still applies.

Focus on the arrangement

You can spend all the time in the world compiling your favourite sounds and instrument. But if the arrangement isn’t happening, it’s all in vain.

Every note played should be placed with care. It should be written in the arrangement for a reason and above all, it should support the track.

This is a craft that can luckily be practised and be improved upon.

Train your musical instincts

It’s quite common for many people to believe that most songwriters are gifted from birth. Gifted in the sense that people with musical abilities presumably have an inner awareness of how good music works.

The most famous composers in the world often spend years studying and practising their craft. You may also be interested in how the 10,000 hour rule can turn you into a pro music producer.

This doesn’t mean, however, that music is only meant for a few people. Studying songwriting, for example, has helped many people to become better at the craft of music.

To sum up, the best music comes from an idea or experience. This can take days, weeks, months or even years of writing and reworking it to get it right.

Music Producing Tips – Wrap up

To wrap up. With all things considered these tips, you should be well on your way to improving your music production skills!

Whilst you are here you might also be interested in these free Vocal Presets. Every download really helps us to grow Indiy and bring you great new content and services!

More DIY musician tips and information about getting started in the music industry can be found by downloading our free ebook.


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