Often enough, we have a romantic vision about music producers who use top-quality gear and luxurious locations to record and produce new music. However, most people started from the bottom and it took them years, if not decades, until becoming popular and actually managing to make a living out of this.
So, the bottom line is to never give up and chase your dreams even though they may seem too big or impossible to achieve. And, in order to make yourself noticed in the industry, here are some tips on how to start producing music.
You don’t necessarily have to be a sound engineer, DJ, lyric composer, singer or player in order to produce music but you have to know about all these fields and, especially what makes a song successful. In other words, a music producer must be able to transform any audio sample into a catchy and successful play that people will listen to and appreciate.
Find the right tools
If you think you have what it takes to recognize a good song and produce one, it’s high time you considered the right gear to help you achieve that. And, even though you don’t have to spend all your cash on the best multitrack recorder system, you’ll still need to invest in some quality tools.
Every producer needs a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) or, easily put, a computer software app that allows you to edit, record, and produce your own tunes. Nowadays, things have become even simpler as you can easily find the right software for your smartphones.
However, the ones used on computers often allow you to fully customize your recordings according to your wishes, while the smartphone apps are more rigid and only provide limited editing options.
Depending on the brand you’re opting for, a good DAW can cost over $1,000. For instance, producers like Skrillex and Deadmau5 use Ableton, which is known as one of the most expensive pieces of software nowadays.
On the other hand, artists like Disclosure and Calvin Harris use a more budget-friendly option from Logic that won’t cost you more than $200.
Pad controllers and keyboards should also be on your shopping list as they represent creative tools that allow you to experiment with your music and explore new territories. They are more complex than regular laptop keyboards, so you’ll benefit from increased freedom in your quest to becoming a well-known music producer.
Set up your studio
After picking the right gear and learning about music, music genres, composition, lyrics, tunes, and other technicalities, you can think about creating your own studio in the comfort of your home. All you have to do is pick a quiet room and improve its acoustic to enjoy the best experience when recording and mixing.