How To Get Started With Music Production

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.

 

Know 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.

How to make sure you keep your working space clean

No matter how creative your office desk may look like for you, for the rest is pure chaos. From papers and files stocked on the desk to countless reports, pens, and other gadgets scattered around, your office desk looks more like the Apocalypse than the work of a single person.

It is important to maintain a roomy and comfortable atmosphere in your desk in order to increase productivity and reduce stress levels. But how can you achieve that if your desk is constantly covered in papers and files? Here are some easy tips to not only clear your space but also to improve your creativity, and help you get rid of stress.

Take a picture

If you don’t think your desk looks like absolute chaos, the first thing you need to do is take a few steps back and take a mere picture of the way your desk looks now. If the picture triggers your inner OCD, it is high time you made a change. If you still don’t see anything wrong with your working place, try asking for the opinion of some of your colleagues. Most of the times, an outside pair of eyes will judge objectively and help you learn some new insides.

 

Get rid of useless accessories

From paper clips to funny desk accessories, try to evaluate the entire content of your desk and get rid of the unnecessary items that have cluttering your desk for ages. From pictures with the family to post-it notes, and that totally useless yet fun accessory you received two Secret Santas ago, it is time to say goodbye to everything you won’t be using on a daily basis.

 

Have a trash can where you can reach it

Sometimes, getting up from your desk and walking until the nearest trash can is a job that you’re not willing to take, so you often find yourself clustering items in a corner of your desk, waiting for them to pile up until throwing them away. Having a trash can right near your desk will help you easily get rid of notes and things that are useless, giving you the nudge you need to throw away things on a regular basis.

 

Invest in storage boxes

Think of your desk like a huge computer desktop. Where do you keep your digital files? Stacked up in special folders or scattered around the entire desktop, blocking your vision and creating additional stress? If your computer desktop is organized, why not try the same method in real life? Invest in some good storage boxes and keep your files organized. Throw them away as soon as you don’t need them anymore and try to only keep a digital copy of the important documents.