Electronic music production is not easy, it is a craft that takes a lot of work and practice to get good at. If you are just starting out with electronic music production, you may find it difficult to improve your skills and make better music, because there are so many things to learn and take in.
In this article I have compiled a list of 5 tips for better electronic music production that will help you get the most out of your sessions and make better tunes. These tips can be applied by producers of all levels, but they will be especially useful for beginner producers.
If you’re into electronic music production, I’m sure you’ve heard of the phrase “workflow” or “working flow”. This is essentially the way you work on your music and the process you go through.
Workflow is definitely important. But I think it’s more important to find things that work for you, rather than trying to stick to a certain workflow just because it’s what other people are doing.
It’s not about having the fastest workflow, or having the best workflow. It’s about finding what works for you. If something works well for you, use it. That’s all that really matters.
I have a few tips for better electronic music production that can help with this:
Electronic music production can be frustrating and challenging, but it is one of the most rewarding hobbies you can get into. With so much information online, it can be hard to know where to start.
So here are my 5 top tips for getting started with electronic music production:
1. Learn Music Theory
2. Practice Your Ear Training
3. Become Familiar with Your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)
4. Buy Some Plugins
5. Do a Course on Electronic Music Production
The only way to learn production is by making music, lots and lots of it. The reason for this is because you have to try many different methods and find what works for you. It’s like learning a language if you don’t get immersed in the culture of that language it will be difficult for you to speak it fluently.
Here are 5 things you can do to start making better electronic music:
1) Listen to your favorite electronic music producers and look up tutorials on how they made their tracks. See how they mixed their tracks, used effects and instruments. Try to reproduce the techniques you have learned from tutorials by using them in your own productions. You can also take a look at the plugin or vst synth or effect they used and see how they use it in their productions.
2) Look up tutorials on mixing and mastering your tracks. Learn how EQ, compression, reverb and delay work so that you know how to use these tools effectively in your own productions. You can also watch tutorials on mixing different genres of electronic music, such as trance and dubstep so that you know how to mix each genre properly.
3) Check out articles on music theory. Learn about chords, scales, intervals, melody writing and song structure. If you already
Electronic music production is a very complex and challenging process, but there are many small things we can do to make our productions better.
1) Pay attention to background sounds:
The first step in this process is to listen for any unwanted sounds that may be coming from your computer or anything else in your studio. Something as simple as the sound of your fan or hard drive can completely ruin a great sounding track. This is why it’s so important to listen for these types of noises and then do whatever you can to eliminate them from your music.
One great way to help with this problem is to use a digital audio workstation (DAW) such as Pro Tools, Ableton Live or Logic. The reason these programs are so helpful is because they have built in noise reduction tools that can easily eliminate the unwanted sounds coming from your studio.
Another option would be to get a good pair of headphones which will allow you to hear more clearly what your music actually sounds like and give you the ability to focus on the details instead of being distracted by background noises. This is especially useful when mixing down tracks or making adjustments during mastering stages.
2) Use some external effects:
This might seem like an obvious tip but it’s worth mentioning because there are many
1. Start with a good mix down
I know, I know. It’s tempting to write a really cool synth part, but if you haven’t learned a thing or two about mix downs, it will sound like crap. The first thing you should do is go out and buy a book on mixing down (or look online for tutorials). A good place to start is: http://www.amazon.com/Mixing-Down-Music-Joey-Sturgis/dp/1458406570/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1300969834&sr=8-1
Also, check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLopXQ0tHN4
2. Use the stock plugins that come with your DAW
For every feature that you want to use in your music, there are probably 5 different VSTs that can be used to create the effect you want. However, when you are starting out, it’s best to stick with the stock plugins until you have an idea of what each of them can do. Once you have mastered the stock plugins, then it’s time to move onto third party VST
1. Start with a kick drum
2. Add a bassline
3. Add melody
4. Keep the sounds simple
5. Don’t over-compress