Have you ever thought about drifting your career towards music production? Can you call your music shit, when it fails the mixing test? If yes, then I've got some good and bad news for you. The good news is that if you gather all the things that I will mention in the story and the tips which I share, you will be on your way to become a great producer. Now, the bad news is that if you don't live music, then I can 100% guarantee that you'll not be able to create even a beat on your own.
You might have heard that to become a music producer; you need to be a musical genius. But, I don't agree with it because you can learn it by practicing. I did it the same way, and I think it is the easiest. Music production today has become a subject which is being taught in schools and the future in the field is more than bright, I mean look at DJ Khaled, Hardwell, and the legendary Dr. Dre.
So, if you are still confident, then keep reading to know about the field and things you'll need to become one.
When we talk about a music producer, we imagine a person who makes a beat, but his/her job is not limited to it. A music producer is someone who brings the whole song together. Didn't get it? Let me tell you. A music producer writes, arrange, mix, produce beats, and master a track. All in all, he/she is someone who makes a song what it is.
Now, let me share some tips for successful production.
I would like to share two tips with you that I used when I first started producing. First one is respecting music, this is probably the most important thing in producing. If you are in this business for money, then there's nothing wrong because you'll earn a whole lot of it, but if you don't respect it, you'll not be able to achieve success like Dre and Puff Daddy.
The second is patience. Well, it is as important as respecting music because there will be times when you'll play your music, and it will sound like shit because of some improper arrangement of elements in the track, and that's when you need to scratch it up and start over and not get frustrated. Because, in the end, you want people to listen what you made not something else.
As once Dr. Dre said:
I just want people to hear the music the way it's suppose to sound, the way we meant for them to hear it. You sit in the studio all this time and make the music, tweak it, try to get it perfect. They should be able to hear it that way.
Let's jump to the requirements.
I know that computers come with microphone input port, and you can buy a cheap microphone and attach it to the port, but you'll never achieve the high quality of sound that a track needs. An audio interface is an interesting gear which you'll touch when it first arrives in your studio to plug it in and then forget it. But, it is an indispensable device that you need at any cost.
First and foremost, it allows you to play external audio on your computer. And, if like to listen to your music in the open and not in headphones then the audio interface is the one thing that will be responsible for how you listen to your work.
There are many audio interfaces available, but here's my pick: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, Presonus AudioBox 22VSL, and Apogee Duet.
Don't confuse studio monitors with a computer's that is used to display pictures. Studio monitors are speakers which allow you to listen to your music the way you recorded. If you have never heard music through them, then I am sorry to say, but you ain't ever listened to something dope. The task of the speakers is to get you deep in the record where you feel every stutter, every breath.
Some of the best that I've come across are M-Audio Studiophile AV-42, KRK Rokit 5s, and Yamaha HS50M.
If you think mouse or keyboard will help you to create perfect sound, then you are wrong because they do not allow you completely express yourself and they are tough to handle too. So, for the creation of beats, you'll need a midi keyboard.
There's a wide range of controllers available. You can choose any among these: Samson Graphite M32, Akai's MPK 249, and M-Audio Oxygen 49.
I prefer studio monitors over headphones because they have a limited frequency range, but if you like to listen to your music in a solitary mood, then you need headphones.
Some of the best headphones for production are Beyerdynamic's DT 770s, Beats Studio Headphones, and Phonon's SMB-02s.
You can buy all the hardware products related to producing, but you can't achieve anything without a DAW. It is like a blank piece of paper where you are given all the things you need to paint, and all you need to do is draw a picture. DAW helps you to bring your sounds and creativity together in one place and make a track.
Numerous options are available to buy a DAW. Here's my pick: FL Studio, Logic Pro 9, and Reaper.
The need for microphones depends on who you are creating music for? If it is for instrumentalists or singers, then you'll need something to capture the beautiful sounds, and that's where studio microphones come in handy.
A wide range of microphones with never before heard features are available today. Here's what I think are the best: Shure SM-57/58, AKG 535 EB, and Behringer C-1.
Last product that you'll need to start with producing is an audio mixer. It is a gem in producing which a very few people talk about. This equipment is not at all necessary, but having it in your armory is an advantage. It allows a producer to mix audio signals if needed.
The best ones are Behringer XENYX 502, Mackie PROFX12V2, and Yamaha MG10XU.
Pick a quiet room and let your creativity bring out the best music hidden in you. Allow your thoughts to become beats, and you'll achieve great heights in production.
That's it from my side and if you think I missed something then holler at me in the comment section. :)