Here are five essential music production tips every amateur should know. If you are starting as a music producer or are interested in music production, these hacks will give you a jump start and a better idea of where you need to start in the music business.
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1. Basic but essential gear
As you know, we need to have some gear to get started in music and production. Of course, everybody will tell you that the more expensive the equipment, the better it is – but that is not that crucial when you are starting.
To start, secure a decent computer. Focus on CPU power, RAM, and hard drive. If you can buy dual monitor screens, do it! – that will improve your workflow, and you would not need to upgrade it for sometime soon.
You will also need a decent two ins/outs audio interface, a 25 keys MIDI keyboard, and a set of headphones. Finally, a pair of studio monitors are the core of your home recording studio. With these, you can go a bit higher quality if you have the funds, but if you don’t – go for a cheaper yet reliable version.
2. Room acoustic treatment
Many new producers ignore this step, but this is one of the most critical stages of setting yourself on the right path. Even if you have the most expensive gear, you will have difficulty doing it right and producing and mixing it correctly if the room acoustic is not perfect.
You will need acoustic panels! Cloud panels above your head and sound diffusers to disperse the sound waves on the back wall.
Please stay away from the ordinary acoustic foam and get some real panels with Rockwool or fiberglass wool in it.
3. Choose your DAW
You will need to choose a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) to work your music. This software will allow you to compose, produce, record, mix and master your pieces on one single platform.
There are various free programs to start with and familiarize yourself with digital music production. A crowd favorite is Cubase by Steinberg.
4. Be original
It is okay to reference music and genres you love. But, try to be original. Music production is all about is being able to explore and find your own way into the genre you love.
5. Get feedback on your music
You will need to check your progress with others and ask for their opinion. It does not matter if they are an ordinary listener or an experienced music critic. Every honest opinion helps when starting.
If you think that the opinion you received will enhance your music, go for it! Sometimes you will receive a piece of advice that will not be that helpful – so learn to differentiate good feedback vs. harmful feedback.
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This article is a re-post, with minor modifications, of “10 Important Music Production Tips for Beginners,” an article published on dittomusic.com