Are you looking for ways to place your authentic fingerprint on your music production? With music production tools becoming increasingly more accessible to anyone, it can be difficult to break through the noise and get noticed. Read on to learn three ways to personalize your music production.
It can be tempting to use stock sounds that come with your software programs. You may think no one would notice because there are so many options. However, when it comes to customizing your music, designing your own sound is your chance to truly express your ideas. Do this by choosing a sound that is generally representative of your end-goal, and then customize your envelope and use tools such as EQ, filters, and delays to create a new sound that your colleagues will not recognize.
In this scenario, sampling is being used in regard to recording your own sounds and placing them into your production as opposed to sampling sounds from another source. With many portable options such as USB mics and even your smartphone, it is easy to record any sound you want. The options are limitless. Sample a bird singing outside your window, your baby crying or the tea kettle whistling. Use your phone’s voice memo feature, record the sounds and email it to yourself. Convert the file to a .wav and import it into your DAW. Use processing to clean it up and incorporate it into your production.
Personalize Your Workspace
Do not underestimate the power of working in an environment that represents who you are. Just like your audio production, personalize your workflow elements like ergonomics, hanging inspirational artwork and even customizing your DAW’s interface with something like serum skins.
Use Your Voice
Besides your fingerprint, what is more unique to you than your voice? Sampling your voice is a perfect way to personalize your production. Your voice does not have to be used as topline or at the forefront of your production. Process your voice in a way that is creative yet also retains its unique harmonic qualities. Using your voice as a subtle motif throughout a song is a smart way to differentiate your sound.
Set yourself apart by coming up with more ways to create your own sound. With the emergence of AI algorithms and voice synthesis, it is more important than ever to refine the art of personalizing your audio production.