If you are a person who does not have any knowledge about music production and would like to enter the magnificent world of audio, then this article is for you.
In this article, I want to explain clearly and concisely what you have to learn or where you can start if you would like to learn music production from scratch.
I am going to list a couple of points that are very important to start your training in this important area of music. Remember that they are not in order of importance, however, some are essential to be able to learn others.
Learn basic music theory and an instrument
If you would like to learn music production, the first thing I recommend is to know music from its guts, so music theory and mastering an instrument will be quite useful if you want to start this path.
Knowing music theory will teach you to understand music in all its variations and to know why you listen to what you listen to, as well as its possible combinations and operations.
Breaking down the music and learning to read, write and interpret it will open many doors to the future when it comes to producing music.
You can also learn to play an instrument.
I recommend guitar or piano, as they are the most “general” instruments, so to speak because they are instruments with which you can play whole chords and more figures than in other more individual instruments, such as violins, trumpets, bass, etc.
Never stop learning music.
You do not have to be an expert, because you may not want to get so deep into this topic, however, it will be quite useful when you want to compose songs, build arrangements, change harmonic structures, create melodies, etc.
Learn to operate a DAW
A DAW (or Digital Audio Workstation) is the software used for music recording, with which you can record different audio tracks from different instruments or elements, to create a final mix that will be your song.
Learning to master this software is the first step in getting started in the world of audio.
This software will be used to record, edit, mix and master your music to give it that professional touch.
In simpler words, it is as if you have a large sheet of paper and many paintings.
On this sheet of paper, you can use different colours, which will then have to be retouched and at the end will be covered by some special material to give it that shine and texture that the artist is looking for.
There are different types of DAW. The most popular are Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, FL Studio, etc.
You can review our basic Pro Tools course, in which I will teach you step by step the basic controls of this DAW, which is the standard software in the recording industry so that you can get started in the best way to learn music production.
Learn about recording
Hand in hand with the use of the DAW must be the recording.
To record the instruments that will be part of the song, it is important to know about microphones and their respective uses, as well as a basic theory about audio capture.
You must learn different topics such as equipment used to capture audio (microphones, consoles, preamps, etc.) recording and microphone techniques, adequate recording levels, etc.
Learning to record, like many topics in music production, is an art.
If you are new to this, then I will give you one of the best pieces of advice I can give you for your training as a producer: If something is WELL recorded from the beginning when it comes to editing and mixing your music, the process will be much more efficient.
In our Audioproduccion channel, you can review some of our recording tutorials, as well as acoustic guitar recording techniques,
Learn about mixing
Mixing is the process in which all the elements that you recorded in your DAW, the instruments, voices, etc., are balanced in such a way that it feels a pleasant experience for the listener to listen to each element in a strategic position.
In this process, the volumes are adjusted, the elements are panned (send the audio signal to only one of the two speakers), effects such as compression (to adjust the dynamics), reverb and delay (to give spatiality) are applied. and remoteness), equalization (where frequencies are corrected or added to highlight or remove certain things) and each element are moulded in such a way that it is in a comfortable place within the sonic spectrum.
Mixing is an art, like many topics in music production, however in Audio production we specialize in this topic and we can help you if you want to learn to mix like the professionals from YOUR home studio, with your tools and resources.
You can check out our basic mixing course, where I will teach you to step by step how to mix a song from scratch.
Also in the Audio production Membership, you can subscribe and receive monthly multi-tracks of professional quality, as well as specialized tutorials and personal and direct treatment with professional producers and engineers of the music industry.
Learn about mastering
Mastering is the final process that a musical production has, where the song is given a commercial level, a final “squeeze” is given to the mix so that the elements sound good together, as well as a final equalization to add or correct the frequencies and make the song sound professional, as well as the limitation, where a commercial volume is applied to the song.
This last process is one of the most mystical, mysterious and in which people “stick” the most because there are a lot of opinions and myths.
Like mixing, mastering is an art that must be treated in the most specialized way and knowing that a good mastering can exponentiate a mix and give it that professional and competitive touch, however, a BAD mastering can throw away your work and ruin the mix.
That is why I decided to also cover this area within Audio production, launching the new mastering course.
In this course, I can teach you from start to finish, step by step how to master a song, applying the concepts and techniques that I use to master for many years.
Learning music production is an adventure, and you have to know that it is an area of music that you NEVER finish learning because music technology is constantly being renewed and the industry demands more and more quality.