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Essential Music production tips for beginners

Updated: Apr 6, 2023

Essential Music Production Tips For Advanced Beginner Producers Who Want To Crush It:

The music production tips you'll discover below contain a mix of practical and psychological suggestions to help you advance your music production.

1. The Producer, Not The Gear, Makes The Music

A producer who doesn't know what he's doing cannot produce golden sound,  even with the best gear on the planet.  Give a great producer even just decent gear and he'll still manage to produce quality results.

The point? New gear won't make you better. Work on your super-ninja production skillz first! Learn how to use the gear you have,  learn and use different mic techniques,  study the basics of acoustics, computer recording and mixing. Apply this knowledge and refine it as you go along.


2. Crapola In, Crapola Out

You've probably heard of the fix-it-in-the-mix mentality by now and you also know you should avoid that line from ever entering your mind. Heaping on the effects or compressing the living life out of a track during the mixing stage won't give you the fat sound you lust after.

A low-level recorded or weak signal will be much closer to your noise-floor. Adding compression to this weak signal during mixing will pull up the noise along with the signal.

The same goes for out-of-time-or-out-of-rhythm instrumentalists. Headache to fix in the mix.

The point? Always aim to get the best possible signal down while recording.  Don't settle for less-than-great takes unless you're absolutely pressured to do so.

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