There’s music production and then there’s music production, with the former being the art of music being created for countless people to enjoy with absolutely no limits to its design and production. The second being the business of it all; how music is created then recorded, mastered and marketed.
And though you may have gotten the first form of music production down pat, we understand if you find the analytical side of it all to be a bit intimidating.
So to make the process easier, we asked the creators of Music Jotter, the online music creation software, to give us the gist of the steps involved in music production— the latter kind!
When it comes to music production, the first step is always the hardest. Your song’s popularity depends on your audience. So create a melody that is familiar and soothing to the ears.
You could also start with something completely fresh, but it’s a gamble. If you have a following online already, you’ll be able to market your unique track easily. If not though, you’ll need to put in more effort in terms of advertising.
You have the lyrics and a rough draft of your composition. Playing it in real time will help you determine any glaring faults or oversights. Maybe you need an extra build-up or an exciting arrangement. This is the step where you can iron out the details, making sure that the final recording is done just right.
Recording the perfect first track has become a lot easier and simpler, thanks to some modern tools and music making software such as Music Jotter. When recording, you’ll most likely use a process called multi-track recording, so each instrument will be recorded individually and melded together after so you can improve upon the rhythm and harmony.
You’ve made a song you’re happy with, but there are still a few tweaks that need to be made, mainly to make the song sound more coherent, so it is a part of the album. For that, it’s always better to hire a mastering engineer so they can correct the track. These professionals will be able to improve the quality of your track, adjusting and mastering it so that it has the perfect volume.
As the musician, your job is done. But as a music producer, this step will be focused on all the economic factors involved in publishing music. After all, what’s the point of creating music if you can’t invest in it so people publishing and marketing can listen! Start by putting your music on digital platforms like Spotify, iTunes or SoundCloud, and use different social media platforms to get the word around.
Though the process may require more effort, constructive feedback and drive to create more music will help you get started on your career. Just remember to take all feedback into account and improve your craft. You will gain success!