miércoles, 31 de octubre de 2012

3 basic tips on production.

Hi everybody, today I will tell you 3 pieces of advice that I think are fundamental if you're just starting making music.

1. Learning how to produce music takes time, it takes a lot of time and good practice. You won't become a top music producer overnight. You won't sound like skrillex, deadmau5, afrojack, porter robinson or whoever in just a couple of days you played with ableton, logic or reason. Look at a couple of examples, Madeon he is only 18 but he has been producing music since he was 11 or so, also Porter Robinson. Deadmau5 made music like for 10 years before que got big succes. It is a long learning curve, it's like learning a new instrument or languange. You will have to learn lots of stuff, midi, software hardware etc. So my advice is just keep making music, keep making songs, and making songs. Only if you go through a huge volume of work you will start getting better. You will get frustrated, your first songs will suck, but take into consideration this advice and maybe you wont get so frustrated.

2. Sound Design. I like to compare sound design to building an instrument. It's a whole craft and area of study. So if you are just starting to produce, don't go down the rabbit hole of sound desing. It will diverge your atention and you will be focusing on getting that squealchy dirty assain mega bass rather than the music. You are producing music, so, focus on the music not the sounds. Work with presets, there's nothing wrong with that. Find 10 presests you like for bass, 10 for leads, etc and work with that. Limiting your options will encourage your creativity. So finally, at first when you are just starting, focus on the music, learning the software and working with presets, again, there's nothing wrong with that, they are there to be used!

3. Music Theory. If you are making electronic music, you are making MUSIC so, soooome kind of understanding about music you have to have. I don't mean that you have to be an expert piano player, know all the chords, their inversions, scales, modes etc. But you have to have some kind of knowledge at least how music is arranged. Learning music theory will help you a lot as you are making music, however if you dont want to learn about scales and stuff my advice for you is at least listen to different styles of music other than the one you like. If you are into techno, listen to rock, jazz, if you are into dubstep listen to proggesive rock, blues, experimental etc. Listening to other styles of music will subconscious give you some idea of music theory and arrangement. Analyze your favourite song, instruments they use, divide them into sections, A, B, C.

Maybe its a bit messy all of this information but I think that are very usefull advices that will help you not getting so frustrated, how to focus your concentration in the early steps and how to get a different more analytical approach to music.

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