Tips to get more out of your time making music. Anything production related.
Have you ever noticed that a sound is different when you run it through effects at a high or low level? That’s one of the reasons why gain staging is so crucial. However, 80% of the time I’m mixing someone else’s work,
Synthesisers are as popular as ever and possibly getting more so every year. If you're new to synthesis and things still seem a bit daunting, don't worry. The music magazine Sound on Sound has an amazing long running tutorial series on
This music production tip is going to be a bit different from what you'd expect. This is less about how to make something sound good, but more about looking at a piece of music from a different perspective. And using this newfound perspective constructively to take your productions further.
While it may sound contradictory, limiting yourself when producing music can give you the creative freedom you need. How? Here are three tips to illustrate how restricting your choices can be very productive.
We all have experienced this before. We finally have time to sit down to make music and nothing comes. The creative spark is simply not there. This article tells you different approaches to overcome this creative drought.
One typical rookie mistake of aspiring music producers is that they try to make everything sound equally loud and on top of it forget to use the panning to their advantage. This will ultimately mean that their productions will sound flat and uninspiring, even if the musical ideas themselves are good.
One of the things that is vitally important in music production is the ability to edit. To discard anything that doesn't improve the song or track, regardless of how long you've spent on the part. The sounds or ideas might be great in themselves, but they just won't fit. If you find it hard to let go of them, here are some tips that might make it a whole lot easier for you next time.
Most of the time, when we're talking about editing in music production, what we mean is to arrange audio or MIDI clips to make them sound a certain way. However, this is not the only meaning that editing has.
Sometimes, especially when we've been working on a song or track for a long time, it can be hard to tell if a sound is too loud or too quiet in the mix. Or if an effect is too intense or too low in the settings. We've become deaf to the details.
With the Live 9 Suite you get Max for Live and with it, the Convolution Reverb. I think it's a great addition, although personally I would love to see the Reverb improved to achieve better results when used on vocals etc. Every effect has its purpose, but it's important to know how it works and what it's good for.