Producing music is not an easy task but thanks to the creation of music production software, producing music using software has become easier compared to the old days. Before, when a musician would record the music they would have to set up the band and the vocals and start recording. With that style, the room for error is so great it would take days to finish a soundtrack. Now, thanks to the production software you do not need a band for the musical instruments. They are already provided, thanks to the software.
It is one thing to just record and orchestrate sounds to create a soundtrack and another to mix and match the right type of sounds that is pleasing to the ears. If you are interested in music production and trying to learn the art of producing music then we might be able to help. We give you five simple tips for beginners on how to use music production software.
1. Get to know your DAW – After you download your Digital Audio Workstation, or DAW, you cannot just go ahead and start producing music. You have to understand how it works and how to use it so be sure to familiarize yourself with the program’s functions. The safest thing to do is to read the manual. Although, if you hate reading then you can always go to the internet and look for tutorials. Each DAW is different from the other so picking the one that is beginner friendly will be to your advantage.
2. Practice the Edits – Before going into the matching and mixing, you must first understand how to edit the track. Practice arranging the beats at the sequencer and know how to match the bpm of each beat you paste on to the track. Bpm is important because it is the audio canvas where your music is presented. The bpm will determine if your tracks are synchronized, otherwise, they will have a different tempo and rhythm. Just imagine listening to a song that starts off with a smooth beat and then suddenly going to an awkward fast beat. You would not only affect the rhythm and tempo but also ruin the whole concept of the song. That is how important mastering the edits are.
3. Experiment – After knowing the basics of your DAW, the next step to improve your skill is by experimenting with the beats. Remember that music production software has many pre-recorded sounds so try to fool around with them. Try mashing up two songs or practice instrumentals. Whatever you do, just let your imagination flow. That is one way of mastering and getting acquainted with the software.
4. Practice your bass and drum beats – Remember that the bass is the backbone of your soundtrack. That goes for the drums too if you want that heart beat in your beats. The drums and bass are the reason why people keep on nodding their heads when an epic track is playing. You don’t have to make the drums and bass complicated, all you have to do is make that beat smooth.
5. Avoid Using too much Sound Effects – It may be tempting to put those sound effects into your beats especially when all you need to do is just push the button but trust me, don’t do it. It is better to start off with the basic and simple method and leave those effects alone for now. You do not have the ears to understand when is the right time to use them. As what I’ve said, if you keep on practicing then you will realize when it is right to use them. Too many sound effects will also kill your beat.