ESSENTIAL TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE MUSIC PROFESSIONALLY
For music enthusiasts and beginners in the music production field, it is very expensive and not feasible to learn to make music professionally. Also, pro music producers don’t have time to focus on individuals to learn about making music professionally.
So, how should you get started with it? For DIY musicians and beginners, here’s a list of essential tips on how to make music professionally.
1. GET STARTED! DON'T JUST WAIT FOR INSPIRATION...
It is important to get started with whatever you want to create. Rather than waiting to get some inspiration, try to create something that will kick-start your imagination. Waiting for an idea is simply wasting time. Set aside time in your life to make music!
Set aside some time. Let’s say 45 mins. Write your idea. Strike some chords so that the next day when you sit to make music, you have a purpose to work for!
2. LISTEN TO MUSIC MORE AND MORE
Listening is an essential part of making professional music. For beginners, it is more important to listen to music more and more every day. That’s how it works. You need to take something in, explore, and be creative to get a good idea out of your own.
Listening to professional music tracks will eventually influence your work. You can churn out the ideas and experiment with them while you work. Don’t listen to poorly constructed music. It will never make you a pro music producer.
3. LEARN THE RIGHT MUSIC PRODUCTION PROCESS
Many times, what happens with beginners is that the basics of the music production process and techniques are not clear. It will lead to striving hard in making music incorrectly. Learning is a basic necessity since a lot of energy goes into setting up instruments, creating a base tone, and building a track.
It is advised to learn the music production process at a professional music school which focuses on hands-on training as well as basics of music theory. Learning instruments like DAWs and controllers is not a tough task, but what is inevitably important to become a good music producer is having all the basics of music clear so that you get the flexibility of working for any genre.
4. AFFORDABLE, BUT QUALITY EQUIPMENT
Getting high-quality professional equipment is tough to get when you are just getting started. Professional equipment is quite expensive and not every music producer who is still in the learning phase can afford it.
Here’s a list of instruments that are needed at the least:
– PC or Laptop
– Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
– Headphones/Speakers – Good quality headphones are great, to begin with!
– Microphone, XLR Cable
– Audio Interface
It is very probable that you already have a laptop or PC. For recording, you can also use a few apps on your smartphone to record your tracks initially. Although there’s not much space on such apps to make adjustments, it can be useful if you have just started on your own.
When it comes to DAWs, there are some free DAWs available such as Bandlab and GarageBand. Many music schools allow students to work on professional DAWs like Ableton Live and FL Studio when you enroll for music production courses.
Don’t ever stop the flow of your creativity just because you lack a few resources. Many greats across the world in the music industry started from nothing. There’s nothing that can stop hard work and determination.
5. GET FEEDBACK ON YOUR WORK
Apart from making music professionally, getting feedback on your work is equally important. Sometimes, producers passionately get involved in the process of creating a track that they often fail to recognize small mistakes.
Especially, if you are a beginner, get your work reviewed and register the feedback to improve. Music schools often conduct feedback sessions for students so that apart from learning, they can rectify the mistakes and improve according to the guidance.
Many music producers do get actively involved in reviewing works of music enthusiasts and students. Contact an experienced music producer to get feedback.