Recording, producing, selling and sharing music has come a long way in a very short time.
Not long ago, it was unthinkable to produce a professional track at your home computer, or to post it to millions of people with the click of a button. Now everything has changed. New musicians can make a name for themselves more easily.
So, you know what it takes to make your own music and share it with the world. Let’s get started with some of the basic steps to record and produce your own music.
Making music and recording it to digital format is the most obvious first step, but there are some things you should consider before diving in.
- 1. Recording
As I’ve already mentioned, recording can be done easily within one’s home with the right equipment. You’ll want to use multi-track recording, so everyone in your band has their own input.
With multi-track recording, you can even be a one-man (or woman) -band.
The benefit of multitrack recording is that you can treat each instrument individually when you get to the editing process.
The quality of the original recording is important, but don’t fret over small details. That’s what the rest of the recording process is about, fixing the outlying factors that keep a good recording from being great.
- 2. Editing and Mixing
Once you have a rough recording it’s time to fix the more technical aspects of your music, like timing, pitch, arrangement, etc.
Editing is intended to build a good foundation for your song. It’s time to delete, shorten or move arrangements which don’t make sense, to clean up dead air and even compile phases from alternative takes.
A good Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) is essential to anyone who wants to produce their own music. You can edit your music as described above and much more with a DAW.
Pro Tools is an example of a professional and affordable DAW which can help craft your recordings. Watch some Pro Tools tutorials to get you started in the comfort of your own home.
Mixing refers to the more creative editing process which takes place after the technical problems have been fixed. From here you will be picking out individual instruments to manage their prevalence for every section, the volume and richness of every note.
You are now personalizing a song using tools like equalization, panning and compression. All of this can be achieved with practice using DAWs.
- 3. Mastering
After recording, editing, and mixing your song, you may wonder if mastering is necessary.
You have undoubtedly done your best to realize the vision of your song and it probably sounds pretty good. If you’re just sharing music to gain exposure, then mastering may be unnecessary, but to compete in the business of selling your music the finest details must be addressed.
Once all your tracks have been mixed and combined into one file, the mastering of this file must begin.
Mastering refers to many things from simply putting the finishing touches on a recording to transferring that recording to disc or shareable digital file. It is especially important across bodies of work to create uniformity.
If you do not trust yourself to fully develop a recording post the mixing step, consider hiring out. This step will be well worth the money if your recordings come back sounding more professional and have been properly converted to preserve their quality.
- 4. Have fun!
It’s already easier than ever to record and share your own music, and the technology will only get greater.
Once you learn the technical skills required to mix your own tracks, you’ll see how simple it is to turn regular recordings into gold. You can even have fun singing with a karaoke system and enjoy the advanced technology.
With these steps, you can make your own music. Whether you are learning to play any musical instrument or recording your song, practice will bring the perfection. Once you start practising, it will be all fun.
Ronald loves to play musical instruments and even singing. He writes on a blog http://loudbeats.org/ to help people know about various musical instruments and benefits of music in our life.