A lot of people have a huge misconception about the music-making process, so this blog will clarify everything and will help you to know and to understand the music production process altogether. The main reason for me to write this blog is to make people understand that music production is indeed a complicated process and it takes some level of musical knowledge and software proficiency to make it, but it doesn’t require much hardware gear (which is presumed by a lot of people in the industry). So, let’s start and learn how to make music from home.
The things that you’ll need to make music:
- A laptop
- Some software
And that’s pretty much it. You can stay at your home and make music from scratch and trust me, it doesn’t take much time. For those who are newbies and would want to learn the audio manipulation or music production techniques and want to learn from home, you guys may join our Online Music Production course which is specifically for those people who wanted to learn music, but because of the pandemic and Covid19 lockdown, couldn’t.
Now you can learn from your home via a computer and a good internet connection. That is all you’ll need to learn the art of music production. One thing is for sure, you would be able to make music easily by the end of this course. Now let’s look at the stages of music production, shall we?
STAGES OF MUSIC PRODUCTION:
Although this could be done in a bedroom studio as well, there are some hardware gears that are required to record vocals or any instruments which you want to include in your music. Back in the early days of music reproduction, the music was made only by recording a couple of instruments or elements which were just manipulated by the audio editing software later. But now, we don’t really need to record all the instruments apart from just vocals. Thanks to the advancements in computer technology, companies started to invest more into software development and it’s booming like anything at present.
We made DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), which is basically software that could be used to produce/record/edit/recreate music. How cool is that?
Before back in the previous days, to make any music, the music composer had a dependency on other performing artists. An idea had to convey to all different musicians or rather instrumentalists who would be performing the piece of that music and recording it in the music studio. The recording itself was a huge task before when things were not digital but purely analogous. The workflow has drastically changed and even the amount of time we have been investing into recording or producing has changed too. Coming back to the point, the music-making process in the early days have been very taxing on the artists and the composers, and also had a great degree of dependency when it came to relying on the performing artists.
Today, only one single person has the capability to produce and emulate the same instruments that we used to record in the early days, just within computer software. That is the power of modern-day digital technology, you just need to have a good laptop or a machine where you can install a couple of software and start making music from scratch. And trust me when I say this, it is not difficult at all. The first step is to record vocals, and with the advent of digital tech, you can now record vocals even in your bedroom with some additional gears/equipment.
This the phase where we import the recorded instruments or vocals into a session of a DAW and start adding some MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) keys or chords, using different sounds by designing them and layering them, also adding some drums or percussions and layering them as well, and finally adding some effects. The music production phase could either be simple or even be complex depending upon the knowledge and software proficiency one has. One can even sit at home and learn this softwares by going through different music production online courses for different DAWs.
We have also done a comparison video on the functionalities of different DAWs which will help/guide you to get the best DAW for your field of interest. We also have an online course listed on our website https://www.loststoriesacademy.com/
The online course will sufficient enough to start with the music production phase. There are prejudices and preconceived notions or misconceptions about music production, some of them are as follows:
- Music production requires years of musical experience
- A lot of music practice
- Music production requires proficiency in keyboard
- A lot of hardware gears which are very expensive
All the above misconceptions are what we are going to clear today because oftentimes; this is the majority of the parents’ concern when they visit our academy. And we love to bust all of the above myths. I’ll tell you to want are the prerequisites which you’ll need to make music:
- Music Production requires basic knowledge of music theory (which could be learned in a span of 1 to 2 months period)
- Music Production requires a good config laptop and a good pair of headphones
- Ear training (can be achieved in a matter of 15 to 20 days)
But that’s about it. All you need are these above-mentioned things, and if you have them, you can start directly producing music at your home without even worrying about the hardware gear and equipment. If you’re willing to invest some more money into buying third-party plugins (these are those plugins that cannot be found in the DAW but you can install and use it inside) like Captain Chords and Melody Sauce, you wouldn’t even need to learn the music theory, without even learning the theory part, you can start making music directly. Also, learning music is like learning mathematics. And I am not talking about the complex mathematical calculations, I am talking about the simplest form of mathematics, like counting the third and fifth fingers of your hand, which I believe even a five-year-old could do. Learning music is that simple.
This is the phase of music production that requires a lot of technical expertise and hence it is advisable to outsource this work and get it done by someone who has the technical expertise to do so. The mixing is a branch of work where you have to balance all the instruments or elements which you have used in your project and also process them to make the most out of it. Making the most out of your elements doesn’t necessarily mean making it sound loud. It means that the mix when turns on all the elements; the way it sounds cohesive will make the most out of every element which is there in the mix.
In short, it is a complicated process, and also time-intensive to start with. So, if you want to learn how to do music mixing; I would highly recommend our offline courses; which talk about the nitty-gritties about mixing in much greater detail. If you understand the concepts of mixing, you have learned 90% of the music production process.
Mastering is the final stage of mixing. This is to make your song compatible with the medium on where you’re going to be publishing your track. The mastering process is again a bit complicated but after learning to mix thoroughly, understanding the mastering process is a piece of cake. It doesn’t require a lot of time, unlike mixing. Even without hardware gears, you can still make the output sound quite close to the hardware output.
So, above mentioned are the things that you’ll need to make music from your home. If you’ll require to record your vocals; then I would highly recommend reading another blog that is on similar lines; which explains how to record music at your home. If you already have a laptop and decent headphones, you can directly start with music production. All, you’ll need is DAW software, some third-party plugins and that’s it.
I hope this blog has helped in any way possible, I’ll see you in another one, thanks for reading. Do let us know if you have any queries regarding anything, we’ll be more than happy to help you. This will include a lot of courses like Song Writing & Composition, Advanced Music Theory, and Audio Engineering as well. Do make sure to check that and once again, thank you so much for reading this one.