I thought it would be fun to hand pick the top 25 music production tips from my #Hypertips series on Twitter, where I highlight some personal thoughts, tips, techniques, and tricks inside of music production 4 days a week, every week 🙂
Over the years, I’ve seen aggressive lower back pain, but, I’ve also subsequently seen my lower back pain completely dissipate due to the strategies outlined in this article. Because of this, I feel like I am in a unique position to at least offer my story of what works, what doesn’t work and most importantly, how you can potentially avoid a similar scenario all together.
The only thing I actually care about is helping you make better music. If I succeed in that, everything else in my life falls in place.
And on that note, I see how easy it is for producers to fall into some bad habits. And sadly, over time, those habits can really dampen the creative process and lead to frustration, or even failure as a musician.
And with that in mind, I put together the 3 most common reasons I’ve seen that contribute to producers failing in electronic music production.
Any time you feel stranded in the sea of writer’s block, know that there’s always a way out: action. You don’t write music by thinking. You write music by doing. The purpose of this article is to give you four actionable strategies to help you let go of the limiting mindsets that are developed in the early years of producing music.
Compression was built for one purpose (to reduce the dynamic range of a signal), but it can be used to achieve many specific results within a mix. Learn them here!
The concept of Dynamics is at the heart of what makes music memorable, special, and relatable to our lives.
It can be tough to stop doing things that used to be effective strategies not too long ago. That said, it is time to change and stay ahead of the curve. Here are 8 things you no longer need to focus on as a music producer.
Mixing and Mastering electronic music is extremely hard. So today, I’m going to share the most popular mixing and mastering mistakes I see producers of all levels making (including myself at one point in time).
Here are 8 of our absolute favorite techniques, tips and strategies (complete with video demonstrations for each) to help you take full advantage of Ableton Live & Logic Pro’s powerful audio editing and warping capabilities.
We’ve all heard stories of insanely talented artists getting accidentally “discovered” – but, that only happens to an incredibly small number of people, and it’s nothing you can count on when it comes to your career in music. More likely than not, the next Adele is singing in a cover band in Des Moines, Iowa, and her music will never get heard by the right people that could help launch her career. There are probably hundreds of her all over the world.
Here are over 65 of my favorite tools that I’ve used over the past 10 years to help me create music, manage my projects, tame distractions, improve my creativity, and generally make me a half-decent, relatively-productive human being. As a music producer, you might not only be asked to be a mixing engineer, a mastering engineer, a composer, and a sound designer (which are daunting on their own), but also a marketer, copywriter, graphic designer, web developer, manager, lawyer, and a business owner.
Any online music theory course will present the same exact information in their course as what is in this article, albeit with some additional examples and exercises to work through. And with a little additional digging, some practice, some fundamental music theory, and a few modern-day music theory hacks, you’ll be well on your way to learning the necessities of music theory for computer musicians.
Instead of aimlessly tweaking and adjusting knobs and parameters because it’s fun to touch (and I admit, it is), let’s demystify multiband compression. In fact, we’re giving you 8 of our favorite multiband compression strategies and techniques, complete with video examples for each. Plus, this article contains a little list of our top 5 favorite multiband compression plugins.
In music production, however, there are some common poor practices that many producers do not even realize are part of their workflow and music creation process. The good part here, is that these are fixable items that, once addressed, will immediately improve the quality of your productions.
In reality, music production is a grind. It’s a true struggle – a beautiful pursuit that pairs a musical art-form with the technicalities of science. And I’m not going to lie, I love it. When things are clicking, sitting down and creating or engineering music is one of the most rewarding thrills I get to experience on a daily basis.
We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. And it is through our influencers that we borrow, chisel, mooch and acquire the necessary inspiration to create an original piece of art. Dare I say…it is through our influencers, that we steal our creativity.
Ahhh. That elusive kick-bass relationship… There are few things better than perfectly nailing the low end of a track. For me, it’s up there with a warm cup of coffee on a brisk morning, jumping in the ocean on a hot summer day, putting on fresh, brand new socks for the first time, reading ‘Calvin & Hobbes’ by a fire after playing in the snow, or cuddling with 17 puppies at once.
Rules are meant to be broken. And the professionals break them every day. They just do it with a sense of purpose and reason. There’s nothing more wrong than telling you that one plugin is the best for all situations because frankly, in music production that type of ‘one size fits all solution’ doesn’t exist.
How many times have you sat down at your computer with the intention of producing a track – only to be intimidated and hindered by the blank DAW staring back at your face?
So, why is the loudness war over? Well, all the streaming platforms have individually decided to match the loudness of the music on their platform to one singular loudness level. So, whether you make super loud dubstep or very light orchestral music, the average loudness our listeners will be listening at will always be the same.
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