All Music Production Tips in One Place

Here you will find all the articles from the category Music Production Tips linked and briefly summarised for your convenience. I hope you'll find it helpful.

Music Production Against The Clock - How To Save Time

There are some areas in which you can save some time. Most things simply help with the workflow and keep you focused on the important tasks. Here are quite a few to get you started.

Convolution Reverb: How Does It Work and What Is It Good For?

There are two types of reverb: Algorithmic reverb, using mathematical algorithms, and convolution reverb, using pre-recorded audio samples called impulse responses (IR).

Using Extremes for Better Mixing

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. There are two things you can do about this.

Edit Edit Edit or The Importance Of Determining What's Really Necessary

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. The second, although often overlooked way of editing is to make sure that anything in your track serves its purpose and is necessary to complete it.

Your Discarded Ideas Are a Treasure Trove

Don’t hit delete just yet. There’s no need to discard ideas forever. What doesn’t fit in this track, might be just perfect for the next one. A loop that sounded wonky in this song could be a great starting point for a new one.

Volume + Panning as a Representation of a Sound in Physical Space

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. The way to avoid this pitfall is to imagine the parts of a song in relation to the listener in an actual physical space.

6 Tricks to Help You Get Out of a Creative Rut

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.

Limit Yourself

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.

Your Track Imagined as a Story or Character

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.

63 In-Depth Synthesis Tutorials by Sound on Sound

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 the topic. 63 tutorials total released from May 1999 to July 2004. You can find them all listed below in chronological order.

Gain Staging in Ableton Live Done Right

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.

Essential Tips for Layering Kicks

In electronic music these days, especially in techno and house, it’s very common to layer kicks. It does have its merits, but can also have downsides, if not done right.

3 Tips for Organising Ableton Live Sets + Preparing for the Mix

Creativity can be messy and chaotic. It’s often more important to quickly get ideas down when you’re in the flow than to keep things tidy. Yet, once you get to the mixing stage, keeping order in your Live Set helps you to mix more efficiently. The more tracks you have in your Live Set, the more important this becomes.

Types of Audio Effects and Effects Chain Order

In this two part series, we’re going to have a look at audio effects. First we go through the types of effects as well as best practises for the order in an effects chain, while in the second part, we’ll look at some different and unusual orderings to create specific sounds.

Explorations in Audio Effect Chains & Free SB FX Chains Presets

This article is the second and last part of a mini series about the order of audio effects in chains. Part One looks at the different types of audio effects as well as some recommendations for the usual order of these effects and effect types.

Backing Up Ableton Live Projects

Once you’ve finished a project, whether it’s one track, an EP or a full album, you should always make sure you will be able to access the files in the future. Not just within the next few months, but years down the road. Let’s have a look at all the things to consider when creating backups of your work, so you don’t make the same mistakes as lots of others (including me).

Resampling: Different Methods in Ableton Live

There are plenty of reasons why you might want to resample to audio in your music productions. Perhaps you’re working with CPU hungry plug-ins. Or you’d like to commit MIDI to audio to use audio specific features like warping, reversing, slicing or resample effects with randomised features. It can also be a good way to avoid fiddling endlessly with details. The waveforms can also be used as a visual aid.

Resampling in Ableton Live – Use Cases for Inspiration

After I’d published my article about the different resampling methods in Ableton Live, I was asked over and over if I could share some examples of how I use resampling creatively in my own music. It took me quite some time, but I finally got around to making a video to fulfil the request.

Beyond the One Bar Loop

Repeating a simple one bar loop over and over isn’t very inspiring and can get boring rather quickly. Nevertheless, it can be a great starting point since it can easily be transformed into a myriad of variations or even changed to be hardly recognisable. My video tutorial series Beyond the One Bar Loop explores ways in which you can take a short audio loop and use various features of Ableton Live to modify if just a little bit or beyond recognition.

Tasks To Do When Feeling Uninspired

We’ve all been there. Sometimes we just don’t feel very creative. The good news is that not everything in the process of a music production requires creativity, there are always things that could be done that keep you moving forward and don’t leave you feeling unproductive and defeated.

A Good Mix Starts With The Arrangement

If a song or track is well arranged, mixing will be a lot easier. I’ve gotten a lot of tracks to mix over the years that were very challenging to mix, because they essentially needed changes in the arrangement, that were difficult to fix in the mix.