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November 4, 2019 Best 10 Tips For The Beginning Music Producers

Best 10 Tips For The Beginning Music Producers

10 Tips For The Beginning Music Producers

Starting out as a musician is no easy task. Even if you have a bit of musical experience, the learning curve is still quite high for producing, mixing, and mastering your own music. Improving and succeeding as a music producer will ultimately come down to the hard work and dedication that you put into your craft. However, there are a few ways that you can help speed up the learning process. Below I have listed the top ten tips for beginning music producers.

1.Get feedback on your music

Getting feedback from other producers is one of the best ways for you to learn as a music producer. The key is to get feedback from producers whose opinions you trust and that are more experienced than you. This will ensure that you are getting feedback that will help improve your track and help guide you in the right direction. and that is more experienced than you. This will ensure that you are getting feedback that will help improve your track and help guide you in the right direction.

2. Fancy software isn’t going to make you a better producer

Beginning producers often think that if they have the newest plugin on the market that they would become professionals. This could not be further from the truth. If you gave a professional music producer a basic set of production tools and then gave a beginning producer any software available on the market, the professional producer will always create a better sounding track. Understanding music theory, dynamics, frequencies, and arrangements are all components of making a professional song. Having the latest synth isn’t going to help you in all of these areas. Stick to a few basic tools when you are starting out and learn the ins and outs of this software. This will allow you time to learn the fundamentals of music production at a much quicker rate as you won’t be distracted by the latest software that you think will magically turn your amateur productions into professional ones.

3. Produce quickly

When you first start producing music, it can be very easy to get distracted. You are just getting used to your DAW and all the software in it. Staying focused on creating music without getting distracted will help you improve the quickest. Don’t know exactly what the compressor’s threshold does? Don’t worry about it. Focus on completing the track, and don’t focus on the smaller details. In the beginning stages, there is so much you don’t know and going down a rabbit hole of learning what a compressor is, what the threshold is, and how you can apply it to your tracks, can take hours of studying and produce almost no results. There will be a time and place to learn all of these technical details but now is not the time.

4. Keep your projects organized

Being organized is incredibly important. Labeling, grouping, and color-coding your tracks are one of the best ways to improve your workflow. Without this organization, it can be easy to get lost in your project. This will inevitably slow down your workflow and slow down your growth as a producer. Every time you create a new track in your DAW, label it appropriately, color code it and put it in a group of similar instruments.

5. Focus on one skill at a time

Mixing, mastering, arranging, and sound design are all different parts of the production process. Beginning music producers are often overwhelmed by the amount of work and knowledge that goes into becoming proficient in each of these processes. In the early stages of your music production journey, it is best to pick one of these particular skills and learn just this one skill. If you are inexperienced in all of these areas, when you try and create a track and work through all these different skill sets, you will quickly become discouraged. Honing in on one particular area of the production process allows you to learn every particular skill set in depth instead of having little knowledge about each part of the production process.

6. Be patient

You are not going to be making professional records overnight or even a year from now. Time and patience are necessary to succeed as an artist. Don’t be discouraged if you aren’t making the music that you know you could be making. Trust that with time, hard work, and patience that you can achieve your music production goals.

7. Back up your work

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard of music producers losing all of their work due to a computer crash or stolen laptop. This tip doesn’t just apply to music producers. It applies to everyone using a computer. Buy an external hard drive and preferably a cloud-based service to back up your computer. If your computer unexpectedly crashes or your laptop gets lost or stolen, you are never going to get your projects back unless they are backed up.

8. Produce everyday

If you are looking to take your music production career seriously then your actions need to follow. Producing every day will give you the greatest opportunity to succeed in this hyper-competitive industry. Most professionals are taking time each day to make music and you should too.

9. Learn sound design

Inexperienced producers either feel they don’t need to learn sound design or are intimidated by it. Sound design is an important skill set that is needed for transforming that idea in your head into your DAW. A great place to start learning sound design is with learning the fundamentals of synthesis and learning about the various audio effects and how they can be applied to sounds. Experimentation is key with sound design so get creative.

10. Analyze your favorite artist’s tracks

The answers are right in front of you. You are able to playback your all-time favorite tracks as many times as you would like and dissect them. Listen to how the track is mixed, what elements are used in the track, and how it is arranged. This will help you understand how a professional track is built.

Music producers who are just starting are in for an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling experience, but this experience will also come with frustration as learning how to produce is no easy task. Hard work and dedication will be your calling card for success in the long run. By applying the ten tips above you help bypass and shorten some of the frustrating times ahead and can achieve success as a music producer faster.

 

Daniel from Audio Shock

 

October 29, 2019 10 Tips to write better songs

10 Tips to write better songs

Here are 10 tips to write better music 

 

1.write the hook first

If you can write a solid hook, like a vocal line or catchy melody, the rest of your song writes itself.

That’s why I recommend you focus on this first. When you start a new project, make it your priority to get the main idea nailed down. Everything else becomes much easier.

2. Write around the vocal 

 

If you want to write a “song” instead of a track, it helps to have some reference material in mind, such as a vocal.

Search for acapellas online and use one that you like. This doesn’t have to be in your final production (and shouldn’t be anyway if it’s copyrighted), but you can use it to spark ideas and better arrange your track.

3. copy an existing arrangement 

 

One of the most common struggles I hear from producers is that they can come up with an idea, but they don’t know how to arrange it.

They’ll put down a melody, drum beat, chord progression and bassline. It sounds good. But then they get stuck. They can’t take it beyond that.

My recommendation? Pull a professionally-made song that’s a similar style to the one you’re trying to make, and copy out the basic structure. How long is the verse? What happens after the chorus? Etc.

4. Start with a piano 

 

One of the best ways to write a song that has a strong melodic and harmonic component is to start by making it sound good with just a piano.

If you can do that—chances are it will translate to other instruments well.

It also helps you to focus on the composition and not get distracted by other things like sound design or mixing. You can’t tweak a piano the same way you can a synth, and thus you won’t be tempted to play with sound design while you’re doing the hard work of writing a good melody or chord progression.

5. Keep the focus in each section

 

Most of us tend to add too much, to overcomplicate, and to make things more complex than they need to be.

But the key to a song that remains interesting and engaging throughout is making it clear and simple. That means that each section should have a focus.

If you have a vocal, that will usually be the focus. Especially in a pop production. But if you have an instrumental drop section, the focus might be your lead or your bass.

Figure out what the most important instrument is in each section of your track, then build around it.

6. Tell a story 

 

The best songs tell a story.

Sometimes that story is different for everyone listening. But if you can put emotion, memory, and a feeling of progression into your song, it’ll probably turn out well.

What do you want your song to reflect? Is there a particular memory or experience that you want to relive through your production? Figure out a way to share it. You don’t need to use words.

7. Optimize tension and release

 

Electronic music relies heavily on tension and release.

What are you doing to build into the next section of the song? How are you creating excitement? Is there enough energy being built going into the drop? Does it hit hard enough?

All these questions need to be considered if you want to create a song that not only keeps the listener at home engaged, but also works well in a club setting.

8. Simplify

 

Listen to songs on the radio or popular playlists on Spotify, and you’ll notice something: they all sound incredibly simple.

This doesn’t mean they’re simple on the back-end, but the presentation is simple. The vocal is clear. The hook is catchy. The chord progression makes sense. The arrangement is to-the-point.

And guess what? Simple works.

Don’t make your song complex and intricate for the sake of making it complex and intricate, unless you work in a genre that demands that. Simplify. Let your ideas stand on their own. Don’t crowd them out.

9. Assume the listener has a short attention span

 

Unnecessarily long arrangements will lose you listeners.

Arrangements without enough variation and interest will lose you listeners.

You need to work from the perspective that most of the people listening to your music, whether existing fans or bystanders have a short attention span.

That means your intro needs to engage them straight away. It means you have to be adding and removing elements on a regular basis to create variation. It means you have to optimize tension and release (tip #7).

If you get stuck, follow tip #3 and reference a professionally made track that caters to this problem well.

10. Have fun doing it

It’s easy to turn music production into a boring, mind-numbing grind.

Sure, there are going to be parts of the song creation process that you don’t particularly enjoy but need to work through anyway. But you should still have fun.

If you’re not having fun, the chances of you making a song worth sharing are pretty low. So don’t put too much pressure on yourself, experiment, play around, and enjoy yourself.

 

Sam Matla

EDM Prod

 

 

October 13, 2019 Free EDM Kit

Free EDM Kit

For the release of our new sample pack “Key Sound Vol.1” we are giving away a free “EDM Tool Kit”

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