10 Essential Electronic Music Production Tips
When you start as a music producer you want to get the hand on your software as soon as possible. You also want to create some kick-ass beats as soon as ‘NOW’!
The truth is that starting with electronic music production is sometimes a bit ‘hum’ before it’s fun… If you have been spending more time searching on the net for tutorials, training and VST’s, then you most certainly need some electronic music production tips. These tips will spare you some time so you can start doing what you want to do … Making music!
If you are not in that situation anymore and you are having fun already you might learn some things too, as electronic music production tips can come handy for anyone.
What do I mean by keeping it simple? When you start out you might think that the more software and gear you own, the better it is. You are wrong!
You see those pictures of home studio’s on the internet and you already imagine yourself playing around with the latest Korg Minilogue and tweaking the buttons of your latest Push, but just be aware that those studios have been built up for several years sometimes ( and need a solid budget).
A mistake that a lot of people make is investing in gear before even being an expert at the one they already have… And so, never become an expert at any!
Before you buy a synth, you need to have notions of the features that a synth possess.
Get familiar with technical features like oscillators, Filter, Mod Env and LFO!
Little by little you’ll gain experience and you have plenty of time to build up a home studio as you and your music grow!
In the continuity of what I said before, you shouldn’t invest in too much software or gear when you start off.
In my post ‘How to make music for free,’ I am explaining how you can start making music for free, how much a home studio cost and what budget you will need.
There is no reason why you should spend hundreds of dollars at first when there are so many free options to take advantage of.
• Read more: How to make music for free
Of course, you will need to invest eventually but there is no hurry in wanting it all right now!
Give yourself some time to get used to your software before building your home studio.
Music production is not cheap and it might take some time to see something coming out of your investment.
Take it one step at the time and enjoy the ocean of free stuff that internet has to offer!
– Your DAW
There is a lot of discussions about which DAW is the best to work with and people tend to claim that the DAW that they are working with is the best!
The truth is that there is not the best DAW. The best DAW is the one you feel comfortable working with.
Like I said before, the good news is every DAW offers a free trial period. You can try out as many as you want before making your final decision.
Read more: “Top 10 production software“
Professional Studio headphones will be an essential parts of your studio equipment!
There are some great values out there for affordable prices! And there are some very performant studio headphones for less than 100 $.
Read more: “The best professional studio headphones under 300 $”
If you are not sure how to choose headphones, you need to know that there are different types of headphones and that each type has it’s own function.
For recording or tracking you will need closed-back headphones, while you’d preferably use open or semi-open headphones for mixing and mastering. Some can perfectly handle both.
Read more: “How to choose professional headphones”
When you try to make it as a musician the main goal is to be great at it but also to have fun!
You strongly believe you are going to be the next ‘Beethoven’ of the electro scene and you WILL create everything by yourself?
You believe that Samples and Sample Packs are only good for shitty EDM producers with no talent or inspiration…but it’s not that easy…
Some websites do offer high-quality sample Packs that can help you out starting out or that can be used to recreate something new out of it for more experimented producers!
‘Using Sample Packs is OK but Use them Wisely!’
How to use Sample Packs?
Read more: ”Loops and sample packs: How to use them”
You can create samples with household objects! Your home is a ‘free Sample Paradise’ and you can create samples with almost everything.
You will need a good mic to record your sounds and with a little bit of imagination, you can add effects to transform about any possible sound in a source of inspiration for your new track!
Record sounds you hear in the streets or anywhere, they can be great samples for your next track!
I got the idea by watching an old time classic ‘Berlin Calling’ with Paul Kalkbrenner and people who watched the movie will recognize the scene I am talking about 😉
If you haven’t watched the movie, I highly recommend it!
Check out this cool video of a guy showing How to create your own samples and sounds with a thing you own at home!
You will definitely learn some great tricks!
Don’t listen to people! You will eventually have to face negativity at some point.
Rings a bell? People don’t always mean bad by giving their best ‘advice’ but if it brings you down, just let it go! You know best where you want to go’ Take advice but keep a critical mind.
When you are beginner it is great to get some advice from more experienced musicians or pros, though.
You will get a lot out of what they might teach you but… Remember that everyone has his own way of doing things and that a method that works for someone, will not necessarily be the method that works for you. But remember…
You should take your music out! Play it through different headphones, in different places, and with different devices!
It will give you an idea of how others perceive your music. You have to know that your track will sound very different in your studio with your professional headphones and monitors than it will in a club or on MP3.
It is important to hear the differences so you can adjust and remix some ‘errors’ in latency or gain and you will be able to achieve much better and professional results… even with a pair of crappy headphones.
Stop listening to that track over and over!
You are creating a track. Got a nice bouncy drum loop and an uplifting melody. It sounds great already but something is missing …
What will you do?
The same as almost everyone else! You will listen and listen again to the same loop over and over in the hope you’ll get that sparkle of inspiration to get back on track.
I know I did and it worked sometimes but I learned that the best way to get inspiration is to have 1 good listen and let the track rest for a day or more. Try to focus on something else or try to make a new track.
The one you are working on will still be in the back of your head and you might even surprise yourself with a sea of inspiration when you get back to it!
Stop over listening! There is absolutely no point in doing so and you won’t improve anything by keeping on working on that same track for days in a row.
You will only notice that your song will only get worse.
A great way to produce your favorite genre is to ‘re-produce’ tracks you like. You will learn from your favorite tracks by simply importing it into your DAW and analyze it.
And of Course … Don’t copy!!!
Another thing is that you should not only be listening to your own style of music but experiment with other styles that you might not listen to.
It opens a whole new world of inspiration. Just force yourself to listen to classical music, Heavy Metal, Country music or music genres you absolutely hate!
It will open your ears to new sounds and you might even end up liking it
Seems obvious?! I don’t really have to explain the importance of saving but when you are concentrated in your music you might forget!
It happened to all of us… You are working on a track and it sounds great so you want to add something more to it but in the action, you forgot to save and the result is a total mess!
You are not sure which action caused that mess and you have no saved copy to return to… Certainly sounds familiar, so don’t forget and Save Save Save!
A great idea is to save different versions of your track while your song grows. If something gets fussy at some point you can still go back to an older version of it and start again!
! Put an alarm! to help you remember to save 😉
My name is Angélique. I am a full-time music producer and blogger.I created Children of the Electronic Revolution to give you all the tools you need to help you become the successful music producer you dream to be !