I’ll cut to the chase– being a music producer can be intimidating. Figuring out where to start in order to become a music producer can seem near impossible. If you ask any music manufacturer how they got to where they are today, you’ll get a range of responses. Oftentimes all of those stories and pieces of recommendations can lead to discouragement or insecurity in your capability to become a successful music manufacturer. I have actually definitely felt that way more than once, so I’ve compiled a list of five suggestions that I have actually found the most valuable while directing myself through my profession.
1. Don’t get caught up with the expense.
If you do a fast search for “music production equipment” in Google, you’ll get results for items that are hundreds or perhaps thousands of dollars (I know due to the fact that I just did that look for you all). Don’t let those costs hinder you however. I had a professor in college who always stressed the truth that you can make any task sound excellent as long as you have a skilled artist and understand how to use every part of whatever piece of equipment you’re using.
Start little. You just require 3 or 4 items to start producing your own music. Discover everything there is to understand about Garageband if you have a Macbook. You can download a totally free trial of REAPER and start finding out the fundamentals of sound recording if you choose Microsoft Windows. A lot of fundamental DAWs (digital audio workstations) have app versions for your smart device or tablet so you can create music on-the-go. Next, you’ll want a microphone and some kind of audio interface/controller to link to your DAW so you can tape-record your music. The Scarlett 2i2 from Focusrite is an affordable (it typically runs in between $100-$150), compact 2 track interface that can quickly be partnered with any DAW of your picking. Most Yeti microphones can be discovered for under $100, and one of my preferred versatile microphones from one of my favorites brand names (Audio-Technica’s AT2020) can also be bought for simply under $100. Finally, you’ll need to listen back to the music you’re developing. Displays can be pricey, so I would recommend buying a solid pair of earphones to start with. I’ve had a pair of Sony MDR7506s because I was a freshman in college (I’ll let you guess how long ago that was) and I still use them on the majority of the jobs I work on to this day.
2. Build your network.
I will bet money on it (but not too much loan since I still have to pay rent, purchase groceries, and get that four month old squeak in my car repaired). Of course you want to satisfy and develop yourself among individuals who have actually already made themselves understood in the music industry. What’s perhaps more important, nevertheless, is constructing a network among other aiming manufacturers and artists.
3. Research study.
I began taking piano and voice lessons at the age of 6. Gradually I got guitar, violin, and mallet percussion and was fortunate to attend a performing arts high school as a classical piano major. I have a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Production and Innovation with a minor in Business Administration and a focus in Classical Piano from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. I now work full-time at a mastering studio in Nashville, a position I’m proud to have and worked extremely difficult for.
I picked to study music in a formal setting for many of my life in order to accomplish my goals, however that is by no implies the only method to pursue a career as an artist or music manufacturer. Case in point– there is no best method to learn how to end up being a music producer, but what you do need to do is comprehend the background and basic concepts of the music you desire to create. Find out about the history of documented music and how it has developed throughout the last century.
4. Expose your work.
Social media can be a dark and petrifying black hole and can often cause more damage than great, however its benefits to your profession as an artist or music manufacturer are limitless. Allowing my work to be susceptible has constantly been one of my most significant battles.