An accomplished music producer would tell you that becoming one was a long and hefty process. So whether you are aspiring to be one or just carry a passion for making music, becoming a top-notch music producer would require a lot of effort including the physical assets that will help you out to get that perfect beat in place. Setting up an advanced studio at home or having the best laptop for music production, there are certain mistakes that people make along the way to becoming a music producer, so the following tips are there to help you out on your music producing journey.
1. Compression Techniques
Compression techniques are necessary because if used properly they allow you to reduce the variations between an audio channels’s highest and lowest gain levels throughout the track so that you can the volume up without clipping. As more sounds are layered in a one piece, the audio starts to clip and in order to fix this you need to learn compression techniques better.
2. Achieve sound clarity and equalization
Every music maker knows the role of Equalization or EQ. It is the process of adjusting the balance between frequencies. When too many frequencies overlap each other in a music piece it loses its clarity and space. EQ allows you to eliminate those overlapping frequencies and clear up your mix for a clearer sound without being muddy.
3. Abusing the reverb effect
This is a very common mistake among the beginners in this field. They do too much procession and abundance of effects. If done properly this is a creative technique but putting effect on top of another is abusive. The reverb effect is one such which need to be toned down so that it can be heard that it is there. The track should not be overloaded with reverb effect because then they do sound as if made by someone who is not knowledgeable enough in the process.
4. Learn the difference
There is a difference between loudness and the dynamic range of the track. Increasing the loudness of your track might be very trendy but you would not want it to sound unnatural. For that, you should learn how to limit your track and not allow it to go over the top crossing its dynamic range while being loud.
5. Master what you have
Many beginners neglect what they already have, i.e. a room studio and learning softwares. Improve the acoustics of your room and learn more about how to do what step by step with the help of the available softwares you may find online for free or for a low subscription fee. Don’t be in the hurry to just start with advanced studio sessions and doing the next big thing. Learn first and then apply.
So concluding, these were 5 basic music producing tips based on the common mistakes that novices in this industry make. My suggestion would be to first, get aware of your style so that you just be yourself when it comes to creating music. Take inspiration from the gurus but do your own thing because nothing will your music better and unique than it being your own. Cheers!