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Every beginning is difficult - of course also in the great sphere of music production. If you're just at the start of your career as a producer, you probably browse the Internet, journals, reference books, tutorials, forums and so on. You will be confronted with a sheer flood of must-have plugins, must-have equipment, DAW recommendations, mixing techniques, and much more that should guarantee you "the" only true sound and fast progress in developing skills.
Considering that, it is difficult to keep track and focus on what's important, producing music.
However, regardless of the equipment you use, your DAW, the circumstances of your studio and your musical style, there are a few basic points you should keep in mind in order to ensure a stress-free start to music production, make rapid progress and develop your skills.
In the following I would like to give you some elementary tips on your journey.
Vocals are one of the main components of most songs in modern music.
Most listeners will pay the greatest attention to vocals when listening to a song for the first time. Imagine you've just finished a recording session, edited the tracks and are now getting ready to mix them in order to make them sound good and integrate them optimally into the mix.
In contrast to many other instruments, vocals are rather demanding to mix. So how do you make your vocals sound as good as possible before you release your music?
That's what this article will be about. In a few steps, I'll show you how to handle your vocal tracks to get the best possible results with the typical tools like equalizer, compressor, as well as room effects like delay and reverb, and give you some tips on how to use your vocal tracks.
Another important topic in your music production is the stereo image of your track. Nobody likes muddy sound. We're all probably working towards a transparent sound where every detail can be heard in the room. But how do you ensure that every element in the mix finds its place and isn't masked by others? What's the difference between Balance and Pan? In the following article we'll look at how panning can clean up your production and take it to the next level. The basics will be clarified using the spatial division of common tracks in the mix and you will get some helpful tips and tricks for your audio production.
After having dealt with dynamics and compression in the last article, we now want to turn to another big topic in audio editing and production: equalization. Not only the bedroom or professional music producer knows about the term equalizer as a tool for audio editing in recording, mixing and mastering. Even far away from the sound studio, we encounter EQs in everyday life, for example in the home hi-fi system, in the car radio, or in the smartphone. In this article I'll introduce you to the two big equalizer types, the graphical EQ and the parametric EQ. Let's look at the most important parameters: frequency, gain and bandwith control (Q). I'll also introduce you to the different filter types and settings - peak EQ, high-pass, low-pass, high-shelf and low-shelf - and give you a few tips for your productions.
In this article we are dedicated to the fabled theme of compression. You may not know every peculiarity of a particular compressor plug-in or a hardware compressor at first glance. However, attentive reading will help you to understand the application and basic operation of a compressor and its influence on dynamics. We show you the most common parameters of the compressor: threshold, ratio, attack, release, knee and output gain. In addition, we provide an overview of the various compressor variants, the tube compressor, the optical compressor, the VCA compressor and the FET compressor.