Music production is now different than it was a decade back. Now, more people are producing music from their home. Some of the best music produced in the past few years has been from the musician’s bedroom. If you are willing to produce music, then this guide will help you.
In the past, this part of music production was simpler. All you needed was one or two mics and the recording was done in single takes. Now, the multitrack recording is done. Here each instrument is recorded individually and then mixed.
This lets the sound engineers mold the sound of each instrument. To record a song, you need to create a track first. Then record the rhythm section, harmonics, and melodies. You can add background vocals or piano fills as finishing touches.
After you have recorded the song, you need to edit it. No matter how carefully you have recorded the song, editing must be done. Editing music include arrangement, comping noise reduction, pitch editing, etc.
When arranging music, you get rid of the tracks that don’t add value. In compting, you select the best one from duplicate takes. You should reduce the background noises like breaths, footsteps, etc. You must fix the off-beat notes and change the sour note to on-pitch ones using Auto-Tune or other software.
You then need to do the mixing. You should balance faders which means ensure that no sound is too loud or too soft. Panning, equalisation, compression, reverb, and automation are the different steps of mixing.
Several mastering techniques are used which include maximising loudness, balancing frequencies, or stereo widening. You need to learn these techniques well so that the song comes out good.
These are the steps of music production. Each step is important and must be done precisely. Good quality equipment must be used in every step of the music production process.