Welcome to yet another installment of Production Tip Tuesday. I hope you are using these skills and techniques to improve your production quality and creativity. In the last PTT post I discussed EQ techniques. EQ is a dynamics processor meaning it changes an audio signals volume. In this segment of PTT I will be going over gain staging, or in other words, the order in which to place and use dynamics processors.
Equalizing, better known as EQing, is one of the most important parts of making music. It’s how you shape your sound and bring it to life. Without EQ, instruments would sound flat and mixes would sound cluttered. However, without a deeper understanding of how EQing really works you might be doing more harm than help to your song. In this post I discuss some fundamentals of EQing. I hope this helps you gain a stronger understanding and confidence when using EQ in your own music. Without getting too technical, here is my take on using EQ.
Reference tracks are the tracks you love not only because you enjoy listening to them, but because they are mixed well and play well across all listening platforms. Reference tracks might not even be songs that you look forward to listening to, and sometimes this is prefered. You’re not using them for enjoyment, you’re using them to understand every detail about how a good mix should sound on your monitoring setup. Whether you use $100 headphones, $500 studio monitors, or rent out a studio for $1000 a day, you should know every detail of those listening platforms and what a good mix sounds like on them.
As every musician can attest, we are passionate about music. That passion didn't just start from nothing. It has been curated our whole lives by all the sounds we've taken in. The reason I started making music was because I loved the music I listened to and wanted to make my own. I think this is how it is for every musician. We take in all the sounds around us and we begin to emulate them as our own. The problem with this is we shouldn't only want to sound just like our favorite musicians. We need to find and develop our own sound.
This is the first ever post in a new series I'm starting called "Production Tip Tuesday". The first Tuesday of every month I will be posting new tips and tricks to help motivate you and take your music production to a new level. This first post will focus on sample manipulation.
Sample manipulation is one of my favorite ways to get out of a creative rut. We all have those moments where our creativity seems to have disappeared and we're stuck staring at a blank session just waiting for the creative light bulb to flicker. Or maybe you've got a nice start to a drum groove but hit a wall when it comes to expanding on your track. This can be an extremely defeating feeling, but you can't let it stop you from doing what you love.