Electronic music production tips

Electronic music production tips

Electronic music production tips

10 essential tips & tricks for beginners and pros!

When you start as a music producer you want to get the hand on your software as soon as possible and be able 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, trainings and VST’s, then you most certainly need some electronic music production tips that will spare you some time so you can start doing what you you want to do … and that’s 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 any one.

I . Keep it simple!

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 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.

  • Try out the the built in synths of your DAW and experiment with it ! Or buy a basic, cheap synth that is starter-friendly.
  • Then upgrade to VST plugins like Massive or Sylenth to familiarize with synths before you finally decide to invest in analog gear.
  • Learn what chord progressions are and get yourself some musical back ground. Start by making simple melodies and experiment.

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!’

 

II. Don’t invest in too much software at the time… You can start for FREE!

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.

  • All DAWS offer a free trial period of 30 days! 
  • There are some Free DAWS you can test out !  
  • The Internet is full of Free Sample Packs and VST Plugins!

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!

 

III… but invest in the RIGHT things

– Your DAW

The most important thing when you start is choosing your DAW (Digital Audio Interface). Your DAW will be the most important tool of your home studio!

There is a lot of discussion 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 a 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

Top 10 audio production software

 

 

– Headphones

The 10 best studio headphones under 300 $Professional Studio headphones will be one of the most essential part of your studio equipment!

You can start out without monitors and an audio interface but not without headphones!

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

 

IV.Use Sample Packs!

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…

loopmasters

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

Discover “the 10 best websites for Loops, samples and sample packs

 

V. Experiment with different things !

You can create samples with house hold 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 !

Watch Berlin Calling : here

 

Check out this cool video of  a guy showing How to create your own samples and sounds with thing you own at home !

You will definitely learn some great tricks! 

VI. Trust your instinct

Don’t listen to people ! You will eventually have to face negativity at some point.

  • You are not good enough!
  • It is extremely difficult to make it in the music industry
  • you should make EDM instead of Techno if you want to make a living out of it
  • You should use Ableton instead of FL Studio

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 every one 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…

‘Not every Advice is good Advice’

 

VII. Take your mixes outside ‘their comfort zone’

You should take your music out! Play it through different headphones, on 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.

 

VIII. Listen to you music only once and let it rest.

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 every one 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 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.

  • Listen once
  • Takes notes
  • Let it rest one day or even a couple of days
  • Take in outside (see tip VII )
  • Listen again and make small changes
  • Let it rest again, ..

 

IX. Listen to music ! (You don’t like) 

A great way to produce your favorite genre is to ‘re-produce’ tracks you like . You will  learn form your favorite tracks by simply importing it into your DAW and analyze it.

  • Use A Spectrum or Pax Analyzer
  • Use filters and other FX of your DAW to try to recreate or resample the track into a new one.
  • You can analyze the tempo, the built up of the track and separate stems to get a better vision of the aspects of that track.

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.

Listen to music you don’t like!

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 

X. Save , Save and Save again

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 😉

And last but not least … my bonus tip!

 

XI. Read my E-book !

I hope you liked my Electronic music tips ! As you see sometimes small things can make a difference.

 The 10 essential tips & tricks is actually taken for a fraction of my E-Book Music Production: Tips & Tricks.

I wrote this Ebook to give you all the tips & tricks I would have loved to have when I started out.

Other tips & tricks will help you boost your productivity and will help you get inspiration, so more advanced users or experts can  benefit from it. 

It is a 2o page guide with only the best tips & tricks for any beginner or advanced music producers and the great news is that I am giving it to you completely for free !

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  • How to get inspiration 
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  • And some tips and tricks you might now have thought about 

 

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About the Author Angelique D.

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 !

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