If you have a passion for music, you have probably thought about the process it takes to bring a song from an idea to the finished product for people to listen to. If you are a musician, the good news is that it has never been easier to produce your own music at home.
As a musician himself, Brian Overton has a passion for music production. He is a founding member of the Christian worship music project, His Word, and he releases music from his in-house studio, Green Room Studio. Today he shares his tips for how to start producing music.
In order to get started, you’ll need some basic equipment:
- Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). This is software that allows you to record, edit, and produce music.
- Microphone or MIDI keyboard. If you want to record vocals or live instruments, you will definitely need decent recording equipment. If not, you can use a MIDI keyboard to produce instrumentals digitally.
Now that you have the basics, there are some important things to learn and experiment with in order to produce music:
- Having an understanding of music theory and chord progression will go a long way in music production.
- If you are recording vocals or live instruments, you’ll need to maximize the acoustics of the room you are recording in. Essentially this means putting a lot of soft furnishings like foam around the room to absorb sound and prevent echo.
- If you don’t already play instruments or sing, now is the time to learn. If you’re only going to be using your MIDI keyboard, you’ll need to learn how to play that at least.
- Finally, you’ll need to learn how to mix and master using your DAW. This involves editing the tracks, making effects, and finalizing the music.