Are you a music fan planning to get into music production? If so, you are probably wondering how to get started. The tips below will help you make the jump from being a casual enthusiast to becoming a music pro.
1. Choose Your Favorite Genre
If you are just starting out, it helps to select a genre and stick with it. Why? Because once you’ve become familiar with one specific genre, you will find yourself able to produce music in that same style quite easily. This will also allow you to get a lot of practice before attempting to develop your skills in other genres.
2. Learn Your Tools
The first thing to do is learn how to use the audio software and instruments you will be using. You’ll also need to learn how a MIDI works and how keyboards and other devices function, as well as understand music theory so that you can improve your songwriting abilities. All of these skills will help your production skills a lot.
3. Practice, Practice, Practice
Once you’ve learned how to use the music software and instruments you will be using, it’s time to get some practice in. Some people prefer to write their song ideas down and then go over them again and again until they are “almost right”, but this can take a very long time.
4. Test Your Songs Out
Once you have written your song or songs, it’s time to listen to them and make sure they sound the way that you want. Did you get the right sound effects? Do the vocals need to be higher or lower pitched in places, or louder or softer? Once you’ve made sure all of your effects are correct and that there are no mistakes in the song, you can move on to the next step.
5. Add Instrumental Parts
If you have a good ear for music, adding instrumental parts will be quite simple for you — and if not, don’t worry! Many musicians find that, over time, their sense of sound and rhythm improves so that they can pick up on these things naturally. If it is difficult for you to add instrumentals, try using a sequencer instead of writing by hand.