Music production is defined as the sum of the processes used to compose a song using daws such as Ableton, Fl studio, Reason, Logic Pro X and many others. More and more people are interested in it with the democratization of home studios. That’s why you may be wondering how to begin in music production ?
It is now the most used mode of musical production for the creation of a title. If you’re here, looking at this blog post, it’s probably because you’re interested in Mao or even, you would like to get into it too.
So let’s describe together, how to start in the Mao.
Choosing your software
First of all, the choice of production software. How to go about it?
Well quite simply, choose by feeling. Why should I do that?
It is very important to test the software, especially thanks to the demo versions often available.
The production software are different in their aesthetic parts and in the way they work, but you will be able to produce anything on any software or Daw. What matters most is you. Be comfortable with your software, it must match the way you produce.
The most used by beginners is FL studio. Easy to use, it will be more optimized for hip hop or trap instrumental “beat” type productions, due to its pattern mode of operation. It is also the one with the most tutorials and resources such as templates, vst or others.
To enumerate some points here is a list :
It is accessible for free thanks to a demo version available here
It is complete and offers great possibilities. Indeed it is compatible with most of the audio formats of today and moreover its catalogue of vst integrated basic in software (native vst) is rather interesting and will manage to adapt itself to any style of musics or type of productions.
The community is the largest, with hundreds of tutorials in all languages as well as quality temples. This will allow you to evolve quickly in music production and gain experience more easily.
A simple computer is enough. No need for a powerful computer, of course the more you increase the amount of vst used on a session the bigger your rat resource will have to be, but it remains globally interesting for young producers.
It is in my opinion “the best” daw on the market of course it is a subjective opinion, but I will explain.
It is a very versatile sequencer and will suit producers and musicians of all levels.
Its design is very intuitive and moreover its possibilities are infinite. It has a very high quality native vst bank, which competes very clearly and without problems with competitors of other brands.
On YouTube you will also find hundreds of multi-language tutorials on the subject as well as a wide variety of products or templates for Ableton. Of course, all current audio file formats can be played.
It also has an interesting ecosystem with products such as Ableton push 2, a controller designed for the control and production of the software more advanced and that leads us to the next point: the live
Indeed Ableton has a part entirely dedicated to live performance and all its full potential is revealed here. Are ultra advanced sequencer offers a wide range of possibilities and is even indispensable for any artist wishing to perform live.
It will allow its adepts to go to the essential quickly, it has a rather advanced midi tool but remains generally difficult to access for beginners because of its complexity.
Logic Pro X
Here is another fold of our dear Daw’s, its interface looks like an ssl mixer that we can find in recording studios for example. It’s a very complete software but unfortunately it’s only available on mac. (Accessibility/Level of difficulty : 3,7/5)
There are other softwares such as Pro tools, Reason, Reaper which we will not deal with because fear adapted to beginners.
To conclude on this point, the ergonomics of the software remains the single most important criterion when choosing software, try them thanks to the demo versions for several days and make your own opinion.
How to get trained?
Once you have chosen your software. It is necessary to enter into the heart of the subject. We always come back to our famous question: How to begin in music production ?
If it’s the first time you open your Daw, it’s usually a cold shower.
It’s a bit as if you were in front of a board full of mathematical formulas from a prep class while you’re still in primary school…
Don’t panic, you can learn everything and you’ll see that it’s quite intuitive.
1st step: Learn how to use the software
For that, nothing very complicated, just a lot of time, tinkering, opening the menus, doing a little tour of the owner.
Then use the tutorials. Indeed, many tutorials are designed with the sole purpose of making you discover the software, whether FL studio, Ableton, pro tools and so on. Youtube is a real gold mine for that, once again at the beginning it may seem insurmountable, but remember why you wanted to start and never let go of your goal.
Remember this forever: 100% of successful bridge builders have tried…
Step 2: Compose your first piece
Once the basics have been assimilated, it’s time to get started. Unfortunately, this is the stage where many give up, realizing that producing a track of a quality equivalent to the great DJs requires a lot of patience and work.
The best advice I can give you is to download templates of the best quality and in different styles. Of course you won’t have all the necessary plug ing to open the project, but that’s not the problem.
The purpose of this exercise is to familiarize you with the construction of a piece. Take the time to understand the structure and the different effect elements applied to each track. This will give you access to compression, reverb and other mixing and production techniques.
Once you’ve analyzed the projects (templates), start simply changing the melodies of the different presets or midi tracks in the project to create your own song, and you’re on your way!
Keep in mind that a huge library of resources is waiting for you on youtube, use it to progress and assimilate new things.
Step 3: What next?
Once you’ve made your first productions, the goal is obviously to improve.
Try to produce as many different styles as possible (Bass house, Future house, Dubstep, Chill, Tech house, Trap, Pop…) This will diversify your abilities and also help you to find the style that suits you best.
Once again, templates are very useful to work on different styles, but sample packs are also a great source of inspiration.
Develop your mixing and audio mastering techniques. This is a crucial step in the final quality of your song that will greatly influence the signature on a label for example. To do this, learn some tutorials and read a lot about it. You can discover our ebooks here.
Why using samples ?
For the simple and good reason that a sample is usually produced by an artist or a professional and it allows to speed up the production speed considerably.
In general it helps a lot in the mixing stage, especially if you use a sample rather than a serum preset for example, because the processing needed for both varies from single to double.
You can easily get samples or even whole packs on the internet, we also offer some here
To conclude, to answer the question: How to begin in music production ?
You will first have to find the right DAW for you, then learn and learn again by spending time producing. Use all the tutorial formats you can find on youtube and make the most of the templates you download. Don’t forget that the best templates will certainly pay off, but it’s a small investment that will save you a lot of time.