Are you new to the world of music production? This article will help you understand the steps involved in making music and how to organize it.
The only rule in today’s music-making industry is no rules. You can record whatever you like and make it into a sample. Automate effects in new ways. Mixing rhythms and genres can create new types of music and beats.
But that doesn’t mean you have to be a musician.
You want your music to be enjoyable, no matter what genre. Your tracks should be enjoyable to listen to, and people should not be distracted by poor playing or recording quality. There are many ways to create your masterpiece, just like a chef with many ingredients. It’s easy to mess it up.
This column aims to help you understand how music is made from start to finish so that you can create music that meets a certain standard. Each article will give you new perspectives on how to approach making music. You can use these ideas however you like. It is important to understand the process and the tools available so that it is easier to create a track that conveys your message.
Let’s begin by delineating the process of music production and separating it into six main stages.
These are not necessarily finalized, and they are based on my personal views of the process. This breakdown is intended to be used to organize the process. We may do several of these simultaneously (e.g. SongwritingSongwriting, arranging, recording, editing, mixing, and so on. These are the steps that go into creating a song – whether consciously or unconsciously – so it is helpful to know what each stage involves to ensure we get the best results.
Is it possible to write a song in today’s world of wordless music? This is a great question that deserves another article. Let’s say that SongwritingSongwriting refers to the process of creating a musical structure consisting of melody, harmony, and rhythm. The process of brainstorming results in the beginning and middle.
What makes a song good? Although this is a highly debatable topic, I am more open to answering. The listener and their preferences will determine the song’s content. It is completely subjective. A good song can be described as craftier if it has all of the above elements. The song will have melody, harmony rhythm, middle, end, and rhythm. It will also be pleasantly recognizable while remaining true to its message. Prosody is how lyrics and music complement each other. It is not enough to write good lyrics from a literary standpoint. The lyrics must sound musical when the singer sings.
As the song progresses, a good song will take us along a familiar path filled with surprises. The harmony (what the guitars and bass mostly play) and the melody (what the singer sings) will be synchronized in a way that is pleasing to the ear. Repeating the chord progressions helps the listener get used to it before moving on to the next section or a different set. A great song will have a good rhythm, and you can feel your feet tapping along with the beat, regardless of whether there is a drummer.
Many people find SongwritingSongwriting is closely tied to the recording process. They start with a drum loop, build from there, and then record new ideas over each other until they have a finished song. Although this is a different approach than that of a singer/songwriter who uses a drum loop to create a song, it should be assessed using the same guidelines. Are the melody and harmony memorable enough to stick in your head long after the song is finished? Is the track interesting enough to keep you occupied with new ideas? Is it easy to dance to?
If you stripped out all the other elements of the production, is the song still a good one? The rest of the production won’t be very important if it doesn’t. This one is the most important. Once you get it right, the rest will follow.
Arranging is the most overlooked and least understood of all stages in music production. If a song’s melody and beat become repetitive, the arrangement is often an issue. The arrangement is what makes a song memorable.
The arrangement of a song is, in simplest terms, the choice of instruments that are used in each section. It also refers to “arranged” within the overall timeline.
It doesn’t matter if you have a great chorus and verse. You can’t just keep playing them one after another on repeat. You need to build up some buildings. The 1st verse has only guitar and vocal. The 2nd verse includes the drums and bass, while the chorus adds synths and vocal harmony. This is how the different instruments are arranged in the song.
You don’t have to keep an instrument there every time you introduce it. Sometimes, you may only need a particular instrument to play during the pre-chorus. Or you might bring it in during part two of the final chorus to make a dramatic impact. There are many options. It’s important to keep things moving. Even subtle additions can be very interesting for listeners, regardless of whether they are aware.
The question of how many sections should you include is another. I prefer to feel what it feels like. It’s easy to feel when a section is reaching its limits, or something needs to be changed to keep people engaged. Even if the song is very subtle, it should be moving. The instruments should be introduced and removed, adding energy and twists and turns. It is also possible to talk about the arrangement at different levels, such as the harmony or the chord voicings.
When I think about an arrangement, I try to identify the most important elements for the song and the ones I want the listener’s attention to. Next, I listen to the song and ask myself: What other things could I do to make it more interesting? Is there anything it needs? Sometimes it is best to leave it alone. A great producer knows when to do it.
We now bring in the gear. We’ll keep this stage as “tracking” because the recording process can be referred to as many things. The goal is to record a performance.
The ether contains a song. It is just a collection of musical ideas. It is only a recording of the song at a specific time that makes it tangible. Although it would be possible to play a song live, it would not be tangible because it would vanish after it was over. The recording preserves the song in a way that can be listened back to at will.
Tracking refers to the recording of the instruments used in a song. A song is usually recorded one track at a time. You can hear the tracks you have recorded every time you record a track. Multi-track recording is a process that allows you to record multiple tracks.
Why is it important that you view SongwritingSongwriting and tracking separately? Songwriting requires a different focus than performing. Writing requires that your mind be open to making new connections and associations. You must use your mind differently when performing a song, even for posterity. Focus on the correct feeling and play at the right time.
Many editing options can be used to correct mistakes or improve performance. However, you can limit how much you can do without making it sound natural. Nothing beats a great performance. Writing and performing can be combined into one process that will often result in writing and performance problems. It’s better to concentrate on each part of the song separately to maximize its impact.
Push record and give the best performance of your life. Every time.
Sometimes, you may feel inspired to create while recording and want to use certain effects in real-time, such as Vocal Bender or Waves Tunes Real-Time or OVox. This FX is especially useful if you work in pop or hip-hop. You can see how David and Lusil recorded a song live using plugins.
Digital editing has made it easier than ever to capture a great performance. These tools should be used as a backup and not as your primary tool. It would be best to consider editing a separate stage when you are done.
You don’t want editing to happen simultaneously as writing or recording. You should focus on each stage separately, and be sure to give your full attention to them so that you don’t lose the mood every time you need to fix something. The editing can be left for a later stage.
You don’t want your song to sound “chopped up”, or it will lose its authenticity. You’ll be more likely to put in more effort to deliver a solid performance, capture what you need, and spend twice as much time editing something that is not believable.
This video tutorial will give you step-by-step instructions on cleaning, editing, and polishing your vocal tracks.
Editing is a normal part of life. It doesn’t have to be edited if it sounds good. This stage can be used to adjust pitch, move parts around, and polish tracks by fading in the beginnings and endings of each part. This stage’s goal is to make the performance sound as good as possible.
This guideline, ” How To Prepare Your Production for Mixing”, will help you determine if your track is ready to mix.
This is where the real fun begins for many. Now that you have written and recorded your song, it is time to relax and make this track a masterpiece. Mixing well takes practice and years of study. However, that doesn’t mean anyone can’t do it. You should be able to jump in and explore the possibilities.
Mixing refers to the process of combining all instruments into a stereo mix (left-right, surround if you prefer). Mixing is the ability to hear and see all instruments. It will be full of depth and motion. It will support the intent of the music and sound great.
Mixing is an art form all its own. Many people choose to concentrate on this aspect of music-making. It’s like being the conductor in an orchestra. You can decide how the music will sound.
Mixing is a complex process that involves many decisions. The final mix will hugely impact how your song will be received. A good mix will make people appreciate your song as a genius.
Mixing is a complex topic that takes up much more space than we have. However, this video series will show you how to mix with plugins. Sound Basics is a video series that will help you get started if you are a complete novice and don’t know much about mixing.
Mixing is a part of the mixing process. We will cover mixing more in future articles. However, the first step of mixing is to adjust the volume of your tracks so that they blend well. You can start there, and the more you know about mixing properly, the better you will control the final sound of your track.
Mastering was traditionally treated as its stage. For many bedroom producers, mastering has become the last mixing stage. It likely is the former, but it is still useful to understand how it happened.
Artists may use different studios, producers, and engineers when recording albums. Each song will have its sound sonically. Mastering refers to the process of making each song sound cohesive and as a part of an album. Mastering engineers are skilled in listening and using the right equipment to correct minor errors that the mixing engineer may have missed due to the environment. He will also increase the volume and loudness of each track. Each song will sound more like it is coming from the same album by being processed through the same mastering equipment and adjusted to the same level.
Many producers and bedroom musicians record their tracks in one take, so the mastering engineer’s role is diminished. There is no need to make an album of songs sound cohesive. This function boils down to making sure the final mix sounds accurate. It will translate the music as intended on different playback systems and raise the level to the artist’s satisfaction.
Many people decide to have their mixing engineer handle mastering, and if not, they can do it themselves.
A professional will always do the best job. You can fake it with the right plugins and presets. Mastering is a new skill.
My background is more traditional, and I tend to view music production that way. Although electronic producers, DJs, and hip-hop artists may have different approaches, the concepts discussed here are universal. No matter what genre of music you produce, there are fundamental problems involved in making music that sounds good. No matter your goals, music should sound great.
Learning and doing are the only ways that I know of to improve my ability to make music. There is so much knowledge available, and there’s no reason not to learn it. It’s not enough just to read. It’s important to put the knowledge you have learned into practice. You can make music with no intention. Then press record to hear what you get. Next, make sure it sounds good. Repeat this process over and over until you master your technique. This will allow you to communicate any message you wish to convey effectively.
Music production is the act of creating music. You will make music easier and more enjoyable if you feel comfortable with the process.