A career in the music industry can be promising and very successful. This can be proven by the many successful musicians worldwide. However, this is not a smooth ride. For one to produce music that will please their audience and be listened to for a long time, one requires talent and hard work. How to produce music varies from one artist to another. However, the basic steps followed are the same. The steps involved are as below.
An artist needs to have a song in order to produce it. It is therefore obvious that the first step is writing the song. A song is triggered by an experience or idea. This is a difficult experience for many new artists. One should keep in mind that writing a song does not involve instruments. While writing a song one needs to be alone or can have the help of another writer. The artist needs a lyric, melody and only one instrument. One should have a key subject for the song and a good idea of the type of story they want to convey to their listeners. An artist should thereafter listen to what they have written to make sure their message comes out in a way that captures the listener’s attention.
A recording of the written song is required. The demo need not be perfect as it is meant to help the artist better the song. This step is fundamental as the demo is used to check for mistakes in the melody and wording. It is also a reference point during the following processes. One can add new ideas to the song and get help from their band or partners to improve the song.
Rehearsals need to be done adequately to ensure the song it mastered. If the song is to be performed by more than one person, rehearsal helps everybody master their parts. It also assists in sorting issues that were not identified while recording the demo. The singer also learns the tone and speed of the song. The right instruments can be chosen at this point. If many, the singers can remove those who are not performing well.
The basic tracks rehearsed are then recorded in a studio. This is the basis of the song and needs to be done perfectly. At this stage, all the important details about the song, including the tone, pitch and timing of the song are monitored. This can be done in a home studio or the artist can hire one. He should make sure that the studio used it completely efficient for great results.
The song needs to be overdubbed by the singer to make it perfect. This is used frequently when the singers are more than one. They are put is separate booths and therefore sing individually. This enables them to perfect their individual parts without interference from others. The individual audios can then be grouped into one. The song takes shape at this stage.
Editing the music gives the artist the last chance to correct any mistakes and change other aspects of the song. This process however should be done carefully. One should ensure that all corrections are made to avoid a sloppy outcome. However, excessive editing makes the music unoriginal. It should thus be done in moderation.
The music is mixed after editing. This is done in three steps for perfection. The mixing should always be done in the presence of the artist to ensure it is accurate. One should be in a perfect state of mind so as to pay keen attention on all outcomes during the mixing. Changes are made in the song order, some parts can be removed, timing changed among other things. Finally, the end product is printed out for mastering.
A mastering engineer manages the final outcome of the song. The artist should bring the songs for their CD. The master will arrange them, edit their ends and beginnings, equalize the time between each songs, dither, put ID tags and finally create the final production master. This is the last step of producing music.
Music production is involving and requires commitment and time for successful results. An artist should follow the above steps in detail to ensure satisfactory results.