Starting as a musician is not an easy task. Even if you have a little music experience, the learning curve is still high enough to produce, mix and master your own music. Improving yourself as a music producer and being successful will ultimately be due to the hard work and dedication you put into your profession. However, there are a few ways you can help speed up the learning process. Below I have listed the top TEN tips for beginner music producers.
1. Get Feedback on your music
Getting Feedback from other producers is one of the best ways for you to learn as a music producer. The key is to get Feedback from producers you trust and who are more experienced than you. This ensures that you receive Feedback that helps you improve your course and guide you in the right direction.
and they are more experienced than you. This ensures that you receive Feedback that helps you improve your course and guide you in the right direction.
2. Sophisticated Software will not make you a better producer
Novice producers often think that if they have the latest plugin on the market, they would become professionals. This could not be further from the truth. If you have given a professional music producer a set of basic production tools and then given a beginner producer any Software available on the market, the professional producer will always create a better soundtrack. Understanding music theory, dynamics, frequencies and arrangements are all components of creating a professional song. Using the latest Synthesizer will not help you in all these areas. Stick to some basic tools when you start and learn the ins and Outs of this Software. This allows you to learn the basics of music production at a much faster pace that you will not be distracted by the latest Software that you think will magically turn your amateur productions into professionals.
3. Quickly produce
When you start producing music, it can be very easy to get distracted. You have just got used to your DAW and the software it contains. If you focus on creating music without getting distracted, you can improve the fastest. You do not know exactly what the compressor threshold does? Don’t worry about it. Focus on the completion of the route, and do not focus on small Details. In the beginning there are so many things you don’t know and going down a rabbit hole to learn what a compressor is, what the threshold is and how you can apply it to your tracks can take hours of study and produce almost no results. There will be a moment and a place to learn all these technical Details, but it is not the time.
4. Keep your projects organized
Organization is incredibly important. Labeling, grouping, and color-coding your Tracks is one of the best ways to improve your Workflow. Without this organization, it can be easy to get lost in your project. This will inevitably slow down your Workflow and slow down your growth as a producer. Each time you create a new track in your DAW, label it accordingly, color-coded, and place it in a group of similar instruments.
5. Focus on one skill after the other
Mixing, mastering, arrangement and sound design are all different elements of the production process. Beginner music producers are often overwhelmed by the amount of work and knowledge needed to become proficient in each of these processes. In the early stages of your music production journey, it is best to choose one of these special skills and only learn this skill. If you are inexperienced in all these areas, if you try to create a track and work through all these different skills, you will quickly become discouraged. If you perfect a certain area of the production process, you can learn any particular skill in depth, rather than having little knowledge of any part of the production process.
6. Be patient
You will not make professional shots overnight or even in a year. Time and patience are necessary to be successful as an artist. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t make the music you know you could do. Trust that you can achieve your musical production goals with time, hard work and patience.
7. Save Your Work
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard of music producers losing all their work due to a computer crash or a stolen laptop. This Trick does not only apply to music producers. It applies to all who use a Computer. Buy an external hard drive and preferably a cloud-based service to back up your Computer. If your Computer fails unexpectedly or your Laptop is lost or stolen, you will never recover your projects unless backed up.
8. Produce every day
If you are looking to take your music production career seriously, your actions should follow. Producing every day gives you the greatest opportunity to succeed in this hypercompetitive industry. Most professionals take time every day to make music, and they should too.
9. Learn Sound Design
Inexperienced producers believe that they do not have to learn the sound design or be intimidated by it. Its design is an important skill that is necessary to transform this idea in your mind, in your DAW. A good place to start learning sound design is to learn the basics of synthesis and learn the different audio effects and how they can be applied to sounds. Experimenting is the key to sound design, so be creative.
10. You analyze the Tracks of your favorite artist
The answers are right in front of you. You can play your favorite tracks of all time as many times as you like and dissect them. Listen to how the track is mixed, what elements are used in the track and how it is organized. This will help you understand how a professional track is built.
Music producers who are just starting out, are an incredibly worthwhile and rewarding experience, but this experience will also come with frustration, because it is not an easy task to learn how to do it. Hard work and dedication will be your calling card for long-term success. By applying the above ten tips, help you get around and shorten some of the frustrating moments to come and can achieve success as a music producer faster.