Top music production schools worldwide

top music production schools

Music production schools are getting more an more popular lately, giving you the opportunity to get Bachelor’s degree in audio production, certificate or other sort of diploma in music and audio production. From my own experience, the  best part of any music school or course is to get into music environment and build up connections with like-minded people, who encourage and motivate you to work harder and study more. If you start to surround yourself with experienced music producers, your progress will be more obvious. You will be naturally forced to devote more time to your music and you will learn a lot from your and your classmates mistakes. Also, what helped me alot during my school years, was long discussion, debates and sharing our musical inspirations, tips, and different views on music. Not to mention, that you usually spend a very nice time in a city abroad. So let’s have a look on top music production schools worldwide and the list of courses they offer.

 

Unites States

International  Academy of Design and Technology   Las Vegas, Tampa

Program that will help you develop your recording, mixing and mastering techniques.

Texas State University 

Bachelor of Science – Sound Recording Technology.

Full Sail University, Florida

From microphone placement, through editing skills and post-production audio, getting skills on digital and also analog equipment, finishing this school you will gain enough experience needed to start a career in the music industry.

Full Sail Univeristy offers Bachelor, but also different Diplomas related to Music, Audio and recording Engineering.

Berklee School of Music, Boston

Berklee has an excellent online education but also offers several in-house programs related to music production and engineering.

McNally Smith College of Music

They offer Bachelor of Science in Music production, but also associate degree – Associate of applied science in music and recording technology. You will learn recording and mixing techniques in analog, digital and also hybrid studio technology. With developing a broad range of technical, analytical and problem solving skills you will be able to work as an audio professional.

Indiana University Bloomington

Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts

University of Hartford

4 years program in Music production, that incorporate all aspect of music and audio engineering.

Recording Connection

They off internship based music education in more than 250 cities. With Recording connection you can study Audio Engineering, Music producing, DJ School, Hip Hop and beat making, Live sound and electronic music. They work with hundreds of top recording studios around United States, so you don’t need to leave your job, and move to another city to become a music producer.

Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences

After finishing this school you will get diploma in audio engineering and music production.

Institute of Audio Research

Diploma in Audio Recording and Production. Program designed for students who have occupational goals in the creation of new media, including, but not limited to producing, engineering, editing, and creation.

Musician’s Institute , California

Program will prepare you for career in the music industry by providing in-depth training in the essential techniques of recording and production.

Los Angeles Recording School

They offer various diplomas and certificates in sound – from film to music product. and music business.

Art Institute of Seattle

Diploma in Audio Production Program covering audio recording, sound reproduction, audio for video and broadcast production.

 

Canada

Recording Arts – Sound and Music

Montreal or Toronto? From Acoustic, through audio consoles, computers to signal processing and recording techniques, sound design and post production. This program covers all aspects of music education.

Trebas Institute

Montreal film school offers a degree in studio recording and live sound.

Musitechnic

Audio production techniques teach audio and musical techniques for future sound technicians (game sound design, audio post production, sound recording techniques).

 

Europe

SAE Institute

SAE Institute offers different audio engineering diplomas and degrees in various locations (Madrid, London, Oxford, etc..). This is one of the most popular audio engineering school in Europe.

School of Sound Recording

One of the leading educator in the music industry in London and Manchester, offering different courses related to music and audio production.

FutureWorks

Famous Manchester School of Media offers degree courses in post production, audio engineering and production and sound.Each course has been developed to provide you with the skills and experience to make your career in sound engineering a reality.

PointBlank, London

Plenty of Music courses – singing, songwriting, DJ courses, music prod and sound engineering. One of the most promotes music school on the internet.

Alchemea, London

UK audio private college offering world class facilities you can use 24 hours / 7 days in a week. From full audio courses to short ones. Various diplomas from game, movie to audio and live sound.

Recording Workshop

Sound engineering and music producer diploma for those who are seriously looking at sound engineering, music production, sound design or other audio studio related occupations as a life long vocation.

London School of Sound

London School of Sound gives you the experience of London Sound – work on your own music, get involved with the music scene in London, collaborate with musicians outside the school.

University of Portsmouth

Music and Sound Technology program, for people, who are interested in sound and music and wish to develop and apply their skills in the modern music industry – from sound design, composition, performance to film and video production and multimedia application.

 

Australia

VanderSound Audio Engineering School

Audio Engineering school – one on one.

Australian Institute of Music

AIM’s audio course for everyone who want to develop professional skills in critical listening, recording, mixing, studio and live sound.

JMC Academy

Whether your dream is to record, create, produce, edit, mix or master, this course provides an in-depth understanding of the operational and technical aspects of the industry with particular emphasis on studio recording and production, live sound production and sound design.

 

 

Music producer requirements and job description

music producer requirements job description

The music industry has an enormous effect on society and has developed greatly since its inception. There are now hundreds of genres and a multitude of diversity within each genre. Furthermore, technology has greatly influenced the direction of modern music adding an entirely new level of skill to the process of producing top quality music. For this reason, the idea of becoming a music producer may seem like a simple ambition and is often the dream job for many young music fans. However, the journey to becoming a producer requires much more than a mere love of music.

To begin with, music producers oversee the entire production of an artist’s recording. This entails many layers including arranging the music, balancing the sound quality, mixing and mastering the recording, and of course the actual recording itself. In addition, producers are part of the team that determines what songs should be included on a project and they may also be responsible for choosing the specific musicians and background vocalists that will accompany the artist. In essence, the music producer must always be aware of the bigger picture he or she is creating with the music while at the same time being aware of each intricate detail that comes together to make the whole. At times, it can be an overwhelming task.

Being successful as a music producer begins at the most basic level.

A producer needs to have an in-depth knowledge of music itself. Background in music theory and understanding how different instruments are played and integrated is essential for building quality recordings. In addition, because of the immense amount of variety that now exists in the world of music, the best producers tend to have experience working with many different kinds of music. To create unique and original sounds, producers often find themselves merging different genres and combining classic sounds with modern variations. In order to accomplish this level of creativity in the production process, a firm knowledge of the vast styles of sound is extremely important. 

Now, understanding the musical side of the equation is only half of the process to becoming a producer. The other half, which is equally significant, is learning to utilize and implement the technology that is now available to enhance the recording process. All recording is now done with the use of computer software. For PC users Ableton Live and FL Studio Producer tend to be very popular and for mac users the most common is Logic Pro. However, there are numerous other options to choose from as well. The best producers will have knowledge in how these programs work and will have used multiple programs in order to discover which software is best for which kinds of sounds. It should also be mentioned that most professional producers prefer the programs available for mac than they do PC because generally mac software allows for a smoother recording process without technical interruptions. If you are starting with producing music, you can have a look in the best music production software for beginners.

Beyond the computer software itself, there is also the music equipment that a producer must learn and understand. Everything from amplifiers to types of microphones to sound boards. A producer must know how all of it works, how it all comes together, and how to use it to its full potential. In addition, music producers must be willing to take risks with the sounds they are creating and not limit themselves to the conventional uses of a particular piece of software or equipment. Those who want to be successful in this kind of profession have to explore as much as they can and should always be on the look out for new ideas and technology to enhance their work.

For those who wish to pursue a career path in music production, the easiest way to start is at home. They should find a basic computer software to get them going. Almost all of the production software companies provide a more affordable and limited version of their programs that are excellent for beginners to use. Then, it’ just a matter of connecting those programs to a keyboard or other electronic instrument and begin experimenting. Those who wish to become professional music producers should also begin educating themselves on music theory and production. This can be done through college courses in the subject or through home study with various different workbooks or online tools. You don’t need to spend tons of money on education; you can always start to learn music production online for free.

In the end, because of the amount of technology that exists, almost anyone can begin “producing” music. Thus, the amount of competition in the field is high and the chance of making millions off the career is slim. Successful producers know their craft well and have to push themselves to new levels of creativity in order to stand out in the industry and make a decent living. However, for those few individuals who have the skill and desire, they can certainly find a rewarding career path as a music producer.

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8 advices for becoming a music producer

becoming a music producer

Becoming a music producer isn’t just about sitting alone with your thoughts. It is all about making progress and getting closer to your dream. Here are 8 advices on how to become a music producer.

Learn to play piano.

I would say, learn to play any instrument. However piano is the most versatile instrument for music producer. Nowadays music production is also about your ability and skills to work with MIDI. With samples libraries you can easily replace huge orchestra, drummer, guitar player or whatever instrument you like. It can be said, that your workstation – DAW – is just another instrument in your hand. And depends on you, how smart you are and how realistic you can program and put together samples. Also, whether you are just trying to work out a concept or want a particular phrase recorded, a piano is almost indispensable.

 

Read magazines and books on Music production

It is always good to know what is new in music industry. Master the technology. Become part of community. Be updated. Music producers are more or less geek-nerds. They like to speak a lot about new technology arrivals: microphones, preamps, mixing desk, etc…Good source for your monthly music information cake (except this website) is a Sound on Sound magazine. Also, the more you know, the more you can be sociable with other music producers. Check out our list of essential books written on music production. Choose some and improve your knowledge.

 

Choose your DAW and stick with it

Truly, it is not good idea to learn every other week different program. Therefore, choose one and master it! Don’t forget: Your music production mainly depends on your musical skills and abilities to work on your ideas. No matter what DAW you are using – whether it is Logic, Reason, Cakewalk or Pro tools, technical output is the same – WAV audio file. The spirit makes a difference.

 

Learn from the others

If you don’t understand mixing, you’ll have to pay someone to do it. Or the other way is to become a student of music production course. There are many possibilities how to learn music production online and also there are some free courses from well known universities. Other option is to share your knowledge with other music producers, watch them during action – mixing and implementing what you learnt into your new productions. Nowadays there are lot of online free video courses, that can help you with your music production. Find your guru and stick with him. If you want to do everything alone – without help from the others, you are limiting yourself unnecessarily.

 

Collaboration is your new friend

Two things about collaboration: collaborations have produced some of the most memorable music in the history and collaboration can be success story or also nightmare. Also, If you think all day long how to become a music producer, collaboration can get you closer to your dream. Don’t be afraid to go up to a producer you admire and ask him if they’d like to work with you. Earn the trust. Every collaboration can start from pretty small things – like cleaning audio-edit cuts, session preparation, etc….

 

Experiment with genres boundaries

If you want to come up with something new, you have to experiment: master one style and try to mix it with other (for example hip hop with folklore can work nicely). The more genres you become fluent in, the broader your horizons will be (and the more clients you’ll get).

 

Rework your favorite song

Take a known song and remake it. Give that song your own spirit, transform it into something totally different. With every new music production, you are pushing your own limitation and boundaries.

 

Train your ear. Learn how to listen first

Music production is about making music. Therefore it is a good idea to take some time out every week to listen music. Listening is a fundamental practice that you should constantly develop. Art of listening. Try to identify instruments used in the song, scales, tempo, song arrangement….Learning how to listen music will put you years ahead before music producers who haven’t develop that skill.

The most important skill for producing great music

There are many qualities required to be a skilled sound engineer and a music producer.  From theoretical knowledge of sound and audio, technical mastery of studio hardware and to marketing skills. However, the most obvious (and often overlooked) skill for all is the ability to listen. Over the past twenty years the audio sound has improved dramatically with all that technology progress. We have come to expect recordings of superb acoustic instruments, convincing sampling and synthesis, emulating environments…Making music can be both intuitive and technical, emotional and rational. The job of sound engineer / music producer is constantly making a decisions and evaluate the sound quality of individual sound sources in the mix. The ability to hear the quality of sound, to describe what is being heard and the facility to articulate possible audio issues is the essential skill for every one, who want to be successful music producer. Truth is that this critical listening usually take  years to develop.Good news is that everyone can do it and it is never too late to start with it.

“Once you start, you’ll never listen to music the same way again”

How to start with audio critical listening

How to start? Im calling it yoga for your ears. You should clearly see your vision and aim for it. If you want to make great recordings one day, today you are creating your future. It takes your full commitment.

Listening habits

It is never too late to make new listening habits that will help you to evolve your own skills. Try to listen music in a different way. According to book The Mixer Engineer’s Handbook by Bobby Owsinski, there are 6 elements of mix you need to take care on: Balance, Frequency Range, Dimension, Dynamic and Interest.

With developing new listening habits, try to focus on each one:

Balance
What is the appropriate weight of each instrument in the mix?
Are there any prominent instruments?
Is there any place where you are not able to identify some?

Panorama
What is the stereo field of the mix? Where are sitting all these instruments?
Picture where from left to right each instrument seems to be coming from.

Frequency Range
Try to examine the frequency range being used. Carefully listen for low, lowmid, highmid and hi freq.

Dimension
Close your eyes. Can you feel the space where music is located? And now focus on individual instrument and try to hear its own space.

Train your ears with Audio exercises

Your ears do the remarkable job of allowing you to hear a huge range of sounds, from a whisper to a loud band. To do this, the ear transforms sound energy into electrical signals which the brain can interpret. Your ears also help to maintain your balance. Your ears function like muscle. If you train your ears regularly with audio exercises – every day-Monday-Sunday-regularly, in a few months you will be able to hear applied frequencies, compression, time delays, etc…. On the ,applications and courses which can help you on your way. Just to name a few:

  1. Critical listening for audio production – excellent 7 weeks long free online course from to provides you with tools for developing and refining the critical listening skills relevant to contemporary sound engineering.
  2. Golden Ears Audio Course  – Golden are beginner,  this is the great place to start.
  3. Application QuizTones – very handy application for your iPhone and also Mac workstation, you can get it cheaply in use it will get easier for you to guess the correct answers.
  4. Audio Production and Critical Listening – Technical Ear Training. This is my favorite one. It comes with book and software (only Win version). This software is so far the best solution eq, compression, reverb and delay, signal distortion and more. This interactive “ear training” software will help you to train your ears: with every module you can have different settings (like for example with compressor you can train correct attack, release, ratio identification). You play the audio file and by pressing a Question button ask the software to apply a random change within the boundaries you specified. The software sits alongside the clear and detailed explanations in the book, offering a complete learning package that will help you train your ears to listen and really “hear” your recordings.

Trust me, with every day training, you will start to hear subtleties changes. You’ll identify with new subtleties as your own abilities progress. Once you become aware and conceptualize something you had not previously noticed, you will start to notice it everywhere. Trust your training. Visualize it. I remember, when I was training to hear  attack & release of compressor for the first time. I successful music producer or not.

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All you need to know about getting a job in a Film Sound

getting a job in a film sound

There are many types of career path within the music industry. If your passion is music, you should know that music production and being music producer is not the only way how to succeed. l’m always amazed every time I have contact with a Film School and discover how few students want to work in the Sound side of Motion Pictures. Perhaps it’s because Sound lacks the glamour other departments in film making seem to have. Perhaps it’s because Sound rarely has publicity that young people fail to realise it is an important part of filmmaking. Certainly they cannot be blamed for thinking this way when they see that the credits for those involved in producing the sound track are after ‘The End”, lost amongst transport and catering personnel. I suppose I should feel glad that few want to be in Sound, as it will keep job competition down. Actually, I feel a little sad that people hoping to work in movies do not want to come into the side of the business that has been my life’s work. Remember to become a music producer, doesn’t meant that it will make you happier. At the end of the day it is all about our passion for music, sound and vibrations.

I would urge those contemplating a job in films to think seriously about Sound. I assure them that all jobs involved in sound track music production can give both technical and creative satisfaction. The average financial rewards are, perhaps, not as good as top jobs in direction, camera or editing, but a good living can be made by those with the right attitude and experience.

The production of a motion picture sound track can be divided into three phases.

Phase One – Production Recording

The sound recording that takes place during the period of principal photography. The personnel involved are the Recordist/Mixer, the Boom Operator, and a third person who may be a Sound Maintenance Engineer or a general assistant.

 

Phase Two – Sound Editing

This is the operation of assembling all the necessary sound elements – dialogue, sound effects, music, and editing the tracks ready for the re-recording mixing process, producing the final track. The personnel involved are the Dialogue Editor, the Sound Effects Editor, the Music Editor and their assistants.

 

Phase Three – Post Production Sound

This includes the transfer of production recording rushes to magnetic film or more likely Disk, automatic dialogue replacement recording (ADR); sound effects sound recording; music recording; the mixing of the final sound track and the transfer to optical sound of the final mixed track. The personnel involved are the Re-recording Mixer, Assistant Re-recording Mixer, ADR and Effects Recordist, Music Mixer, Magnetic Transfer Operator, Optical Transfer Operator, Dubbing Theatre Sound Camera Operator, Sound Maintenance Engineer with the possible addition of further assistants and trainees.

Music production career in a Film Sound

Music production Mixer

Responsible for all sound recorded during principal photography making sure that the dialogue is of maximum intelligibility and that wherever possible, the recordings will be satisfactory for use in the final sound track.If successful recording is not possible, music production mixer must advice Producer and Director to record as good as possible “guide track” for use during post-synching session.

Boom Operator

Responsible for microphone handling and microphone placement. Normally works on own initiative but always with reference to and in agreement with the Production Mixer. Liaising With Director of Photography and Camera Operator, regarding shadows cast by microphone and frame limits, to keep microphone out of picture.

For working in feature films and television series the Boom Operator must be able to operate a mechanical boom. This requires a high degree of dexterity which can only be acquired by hands-on experience. It also requires good physical ability as the boom has to be moved about on the set to position it for each scene photographed.

These days on location the hand boom is commonly used. Although not requiring the dexterity of the mechanical boom it still requires a high degree of skill and physical ability. A good knowledge of microphone types and characteristics is essential as is an understanding of lighting techniques and lens sizes. In the use of radio microphones, technical knowledge must be accompanied by diplomacy and respect for the artists who have to wear them.

Production Sound Assistant

Function is to help Recordist and Boom Operator handling equipment. Look after sound report sheets, operate playback equipment when used, operate second boom when required. A Production Sound Assistant is in an excellent position to learn about production recording and get good “hands on” equipment experience. Note well that the Production Sound Assistant is not a tea gopher.

 

Sound Editing

This singularly creative process is usually divided into the categories of dialogue, sound effects and music, with a separate Sound Editor for each. Sound Editors do not necessarily specialise in one category only but are competent in all. New digital technology in the form of hard disk editing is now almost universal doing away with the transfer to and-subsequent handling of the sound required for editing, on 16 or 35mm sprocket film. Once the dialogue, sound effects and music, along with the appropriate, time code, are recorded on the disks within the system, the Sound Editor watching the action on a VDU can by manipulation of the controls, cut, join, mix, fade in, fade out, lengthen, shorten, or alter pitch of any of the sounds. Besides good knowledge and experience of sound editing equipment Sound Editors should have a good understanding of sound recording techniques for motion pictures.  Understanding the film script and directors ideas is very important as he/she would be expected to make creative suggestions on how to produce music and sound effects, how to enhance the dramatic effect of the story, etc…

 

The Sound Effects Editor

Responsible for collecting together all the sound effects tracks, deemed necessary for the final mixed track and the music and effects only track, required for international foreign language versions. The sound effects required, if not recorded during production shooting, may be obtained from library, or recording sessions organised using special sound effects artistes. The sound effects tracks have to be edited in synchronisation with the picture action, the tracks laid in a manageable form for the Re-recording Mixer, along with suitable cue sheets indicating sound effects starts and stops.

 

The Music Editor

Responsible for recording the music. As well as good technical experience, should have a musical education, in order to be able to communicate with the composer. Responsible for laying the music tracks and synchronising them with picture action. May have to make edits in tracks so therefore should have good knowledge of music.

 

Assistant Sound Editor

Each Sound Editor will have assistants to help them with the various operations. Not yet specialists in sound editing they must have good knowledge of equipment, techniques and procedures.

 

The ADR/Sound Effects Mixer

Responsible for recording of dialogue that is being replaced because of technical or performance inadequacies in the original recording. Also responsible for the recording of sound effects needed to make up the International Track. Works in conjunction with the Dialogue Editor, Sound Effects Editor and the Footsteps Artistes, who produce the necessary sound effects.

 

The Music Mixer

To converse with composer and musicians. Good ears are necessary for quality or recording judgement, as well as musical appreciation. Must understand film dubbing process and be able to advise composer when music may clash with other sound components. Music these days is usually recorded at studios not solely engaged in motion picture music recording.

 

The Re-recording Mixer (Dubbing Mixer)

Responsible for the sound quality and balance of dialogue, sound effects and music in the final sound track. Work includes pre-mixing dialogue, which means re-recording all dialogue tracks on to one track. During this operation the tracks have to be “cleaned up”, equalised and levelled out. “Clean up” means getting rid of, by filtering, all or as much as possible, of extraneous background noise on the production sound tracks. “Equalise” means altering the frequency spectrum of post synch dialogue to match production recorded tracks. “Level Out” means adjusting the loudness of dialogue from shot to shot, so that all artistes sound to be engaged in the same conversation.
Sound effects also have to be pre-mixed, the quality and level of them adjusted to suit the action and mood of the picture. Much the same applies to music. Finally, all the tracks have to be mixed together and the levels of music, dialogue and effects, adjusted for the final balanced track.

 

The Assistant Re-recording Mixer

Responsible for assisting Re-recording Mixer in pre-mixes, taking control of one or more of the tracks to be mixed. The very experienced Assistant may, in fact, do most of the sound effects pre-mixing. In larger dubbing theatres there may be two Assistant Re-recording Mixers. Re-recording Mixers and Assistant Re-recording Mixers must have good sense of hearing, good eyesight and fast reactions. With the new automated mixing consoles, now in use, a knowledge of computer operation is essential.

 

Optical Sound Camera Operator

Responsible for transferring the final mix to the master optical negative. Sound Maintenance Engineer Responsible for the correct running of all electronic & mechanical equipment used in sound recording processes. Must be able to diagnose and rectify faults in any of the equipment, whenever they occur. Faults developing during a recording session must be repaired with the minimum of hold up. The Sound Engineer should also be capable of developing and constructing equipment, and keeping pace with new technology.

 

Desirable Qualifications for Careers in Motion Picture Sound

Specialist Education Anyone involved with sound recording should have a good knowledge of magnetism & electricity, the physical properties of sound and an understanding of the properties of light. The physiology and psychology, of human hearing is also necessary. Practical computer operation is desirable especially in the Sound Editing and Sound Dubbing Departments.

The opportunity to join an amateur dramatic society while at school should not be missed. An understanding of what it is like to learn lines and move and speak with intelligibility will give those involved in Production, Recording, sympathy with and understanding of the artistes’ problems.

If Sound Maintenance is the favoured career, then it must be realise this work demands a very high degree of electronic training.

Good knowledge and understanding of ALL motion picture production techniques is desirable for all persons working professionally in the film industry. Understanding other people’s problems is a great way of solving your own.

Getting a Job

Many post production facilities companies take in trainees, usually advertising such posts through the Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) Job Sheets. Television Programme Contractors and the BBC have their own training schemes. A postal enquiry with CV would be a good idea.

CV’s these days seem to be quite important, so prepare a comprehensive one and convey strongly your desire to make Sound your life’s work. Good luck.

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Learning music production. Pre-production phase.

learning music production

Knowing the right mixing techniques will help us to get most out of the song we are working on. Although this stage in music production is very important, we have to bear in mind that producing music is not only about mixing. Each new production you undertake provides challenges that will require careful attention. Good music producer is usually responsible for many roles behind the music production process – just to name a few: audio recording, processing, editing, mixing, mastering….And although nowadays on the internet there are way too many sources on how to learn everything, never forget that The best education is just doing it! Make music in whatever way that you can is the best way how to learn music production. Study the work of music that you love.

 

First stage of music production: Composition. Pre-production phase.

How I said before,  music production consists of several stages. To see this big picture clearly, you have to learn to listen music in a different way. Every production begins with the music composition and song arrangement. Often music is constructed in two or three parts/section and is divided into verse, chorus and bridge. To refer to these parts we usually use capital letters. There are many successful and often used song forms like for example AAA song form, 32-bar form (AABA song form), verse-chorus form (AB song form) or 12-bar blues form (AAB song form).  However there are many other song structures available, and as a music producer you shouldn’t be limited – it is always worthy to experiment. In 21 century it can be said that everything has been already recorded, so if you want to break through with your new tune, you have to be creative.

Your ears should be open to listening music in a new and creative way in order to make right decision in the pre-production stage. Music is a piece of art. You have to learn to listen music as a musician (artistic point of view) and as an engineer (technical point of view).

As a musician you have to clearly know the answers for the following questions:

  1. analyze song arrangement. Is the song form used in correct way?
    Isn’t this music composition way too boring?
  2. what parts of music are not working together
  3. where is the climax (climax is a part of a musical composition where music reaches its highest tension.),
  4. how we are getting to the climax – gradation
  5. intro – isnt it too long?
  6. etc….

From technical point of view we are trying to hear the following:

  1. Pitch of individual instruments – The relative lowness or highness that we hear in a sound. Before recording, it is always helpful to analyze whole frequency spectrum of the composition and find its weakness points.  For example if we can hear that song is a little bit dull, probably we are missing high frequencies there, and shaker or tambourine will solve this problem nicely. Through detailed spectral frequency analyzation we can fix a lot of smaller but also bigger issues in our production. Lot of engineers will tell you that this can be done in the mixing stage, but in my opinion if you have a chance to think about it in pre-production process, you will have less work during mixing.Pitch is based on the frequency of vibration of the sound and the size of the vibrating object. We will focus on frequencies in some other article, for now it is good to know that the slower the vibration, lower the pitch – if we take for example double bass, we can hear that is lower than that of the violin because the double bass has longer strings.
  2. Timbre – tone color. Timbre refers to the quality of sound and it clearly distinguishes one instrument from another. Every tone comes with its overtones. For example if we play on piano A (440Hz), in this A (fundamental 440Hz) we can hear also 880Hz (1st overtone), 1320Hz (2nd overtone), 1760Hz (3rd overtone), etc… Some musical instruments produce sharper of flatter overtones and this inequality contribute to uniqueness of their sound (and also to the high price). Timbre of the instrument (or vocal) is determined by overtones which are emphasize.
  3. Texture – looking for “thickness” or “thinness” in our song. Musical texture describes the individual layers and specifically it refers to the number of parts used in our music (in vertical direction). Musical texture can be monophonic (single melodic line),polyphonic (two or more melodic lines) and homophonic (a main melody accompanied by chords).
  4. Loudness – degree of softness and loudness and overall change in volume

All above is part of the big picture of currently produced song and it is always good to think about it before we jump into a recording room.

Even if one can think that musician and audio engineer point of view are overlapping, they are totally different stories. It is like with building house. To build a great house, we need to have the spirit inside to get an emotion we want. But also we need to use material that is durable and firmly in the basics. Material that will emphasize the spirit of our building/song.

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To be continued.

How to become a music producer

a music producer

a music producerHave you ever  asked yourself how to become  a music producer? If you considered a music producer. If not, after that there are some steps you have to take and some abilities you need to find out in order to become a music producer. Below are a few of the foundations on how you can get involved in a music production and what to do to become a successful music producer.

What does it mean to be a music producer ?

Many people are getting confused and still cannot see a difference between recording engineer, mixing engineer, music producer, executive producer, arranger, …In the recording industry there are basically two types of producers:

  1. Executive producer, who oversees a project’s finances
  2. Music producer, who is involved in music creation process

However being a music producer it is not only about producing music. There are many small roles and jobs which are really important in case you want to be successful with your product – product you are working on. Almost every good music producer  nowadays is part of all of them. So it is not only about a making music. Let’s summarize a list of many of the roles you may be responsible for:

  • good advantage
  • song
  • song
  • having great imagination and coming with great – breakthrough ideas. Change the chord structure or arrangement if necessary
  • good network of musicians, hire them if there is a need
  • direction where it all goes
  • good mixing skill
  • little bit about acoustic, and physical laws which are important during recording
  • another analog gadgets
  • edit and pitch correct performances
  • mastering

Becoming a music producer requires that you understand the big picture of the whole manufacturing process and where you fit in. Understanding your durabilities and weaknesses will aid you analyze exactly what tasks you could fill and where you will require help. Or what you have to learn to become a master. Because everyone can learn anything, it is all about your motivation and passion.

Analyze Your Capabilities

You have to analyze your strong and weak points. It is always good to be efficient, learning how new set of different skills which will be ready for use in your next productions.

No matter level of skills you have now, your passion for producing music must be already there.

Passion, commitment, motivation.

Pay attention to details. Try to understand how things work. How sound is produced. What emotions you are getting from it? Is it making you sad or happy? What feeling do you want to share with your audience?

HARMONY is a state recognized by great philosophers as the immediate prerequisite of beauty.

In these days technology progress is on a very high level. Everyone can do music. Is it good or bad? sometimes strong argument to change your occupation and forget about your dreams. However….

Music is the language of the soul.

It is all about trusting and believing in yourself. IN your purity. In your soul. Who you are. What is hidden perfect harmony of my body, mind and soul. 

Every skill has a place in the music production process. If you are passionate regarding your skills, people will intend to hire for them. Whatever abilities you have, deliver them into a recording session situation, no matter exactly how small. The additional skills you bring to the table, the more involved you will be in recording. If becoming a music producer is your target, nothing educates better compared to experience!

Acquiring The Job.

Everything is possible, depends if you want or not. If you are a new producer and you are genuinely interested in getting into the industry full-time, then you need to recognize the need for a competent portfolio for you to receive any sort of industry recognition. If music production is your passion, be prepared to work for free and make just the best out of you. You can always try to get a job in an recording studio that produce music you like. The reason for this is straightforward. Where else you gonna meet with people that are making a living doing exactly what you want to do? They can be your future customers.

Always be helpful. Make connections. Learn to believe like people you are helping to ensure that you are handing them what they prefer before they have a possibility to ask. The path to becoming a music producer is discovering to believe like the people that make a living doing what you wish to do.

Attend audio engineering workshops. Music courses. Meet other producers. spent every penny there.

Your good vibes and self-confidence in the workshop will acquire you more work than your abilities. If the people you are teaming up comfy with? You have to be composed, positive and familiar with every little thing that is taking place around you. By researching tough and watching the production procedure unravel, everyday, you will constantly know what to do and when to do it. Don’t forget, the procedure needs to be fun and imaginative, so constantly keep that mindset in thoughts. This good mindset will set you on the path towards becoming a songs manufacturer.

 

Conclusion

Step by step, the road to ending up being a music producer entails dedication and desire to comprehend of the fine art of popular music manufacturing. Work in an recording in the closer you will get to your target of ending up being a music producer FULL-TIME!.