Use Your tags
Tagging is the process that puts you in front of the right people when they’re searching for new music on Youtube. Tagging your music is all about quality AND quantity.
Quality: Keep your tags honest, if you’re a Techno producer don’t give your track a DnB tag. The clearer your tags are, the more likely it will be heard by the people who will love and share it the most.
Quantity: Youtube’s tag text field accepts up to 500 characters. Make use of that and list as many as you possibly can. The more tags you have, the more likely a listener is to use the right keyword to stumble upon your track.
Vocal recording is one of the most intricate parts of music production. Let alone hitting the right key, each line of a song needs to be as compelling as the last. Many vocalists are adept at turning up to the microphone and laying down a pitch perfect recording first time. However, obtaining the most captivating recording may require a little comping. This is where the very best sections from different recordings are taken and compiled into one piece of audio. Sometimes, remembering and selecting the best section of each take can be confusing, especially with many takes to go through. A great method to get around this is to write simple notes that define the quality of each section of a take.
Your brain is lying to you. It’s an incredibly powerful organ that is constantly using stimuli in your environment to construct a mental picture of the world around you. Sometimes, the techniques it uses to achieve this may not be an entirely accurate representation of your surroundings. In the context of sound engineering and production we can harness this cerebral trickery to create audio illusions that instantly make our music magical.
Audio meters help sound engineers and producers to gauge the output level of their audio signal. They will aid you in the process of taming fluctuations in the dynamic range of your track and enable you to avoid any spikes in volume that could lead to digital clipping.
Meters used in DAWS and other forms of digital audio equipment measure the signal levels in a decibel system where the signal is measured from 0dB downwards. 0dB is the highest point that a digital audio system can handle before it leads to clipping. Unlike the balmy, saturation obtained from clipping analog systems; the distortion caused by digital clipping is quite unpleasant. Meters will guide you in keeping your audio at a constant level below that 0dB ceiling. There are two types of digital audio meters that can assist you in this process.
From producer to therapist may seem like two worlds removed. In some ways, however, these lines of work may not be entirely dissimilar. Creating a piece of music that reflects a recording artist’s reality and personality requires them to be comfortable and open with you. Iconic producer Rick Rubin tries to create a safety zone in which a vocalist’s, “…guard is truly let down and they can truly be themselves.” Nile Rodgers claims, “It feels like my job is to support people. I support great artists…” suggesting that the role of a great producer stretches beyond the button pusher and into the realm of care giver. In this post we’ll look at five ways in which you can build better creative connections with, and amass passionate performances from your recording artists.
When it comes to producing, recording live instruments and vocals is essential to add an extra dimension to your music. An electrifying vocal or piano riff, dappled amongst your synths and drum samples, adds a whole new level to your music. It can be the difference between a dull, collection of mis-matched bleeps and tingles down your listener’s spine. Knowing the different types of microphone and when to use them is a crucial part of creating an engaging recording that will galvanise your music.
Using an equaliser is essential in music production. Equalisation is the process every producer uses to cut or boost a precise frequency range. It will make your music explode with the fatness of the low end, add depth to the body of the mid range and sparkle with high end detail. There are a wide range of equalisers at a sound engineer’s disposal but graphic, shelving and parametric equalisers are the varieties found in most recording studios.
What is it about assembling a home studio? Every detail leads to a mass of disagreement. One common, controversial element seems to be production monitor placement. Specifically the mounting of your speakers horizontally or vertically. Before reading on, it’s imperative for your own workflow and sanity that you remember a key guideline: Whatever advice you read, always use your own ears and experiment.
When it comes to music production, creating the perfect drum sounds is an absolute essential. They are the foundation of your track, without the right beats everything else will fall apart. I'm going to take you through three, simple tips to help you get the very most from your drums.