Deciding to become an electronic music producer can be very exciting and add spark to your creative ambition. It can be effortless to rush in with tones of creativity and end up feeling overwhelmed.
Bouncing on the DAW ends you with a lot of questions:
There’s one question that comes to all new electronic music producers.
“Which DAW will I use?”
There are many options available.
There’s so much conflicting advice.
There’s money at stake.
So, Where Do We Start?
Many questions revolve around software used for music production. Basics of song composition and its constituent parts: instruments like guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and so on and then there are vocals. The ‘tracks’ and core of the music production process is how you get the sounds together for each track, arrange them, mix them and make them sound ‘professional’.
Thanks to modern technology, aspiring musicians and producers can create, mix and master full songs by using a DAW and headphones. Devices that enable all of these mixing jobs and become the heart of the 21st century are the humble computer, namely, a Mac, PC or increasingly, portable devices like tablets and iPads. An extra gear can be handy, it’s possible to do it all in the box.
Are you new to music production? Or are you returning to music-making and need a refresher in certain aspects of recording, mixing and mastering? If either of these applies, then you’ve come to the right place. Start or restart your music-making, whether as a hobby, semi-professionally or even as a career with DAWs.
So, What are DAWs (digital audio workstations)?
The software that a computer runs turns it into a music production powerhouse. It enables the recording, mixing, and Master of Music tracks and is called a ‘sequencer’ or the rather grander sounding ‘Digital Audio Workstation’ (DAW). DAW is for music production.
It varies in price from free to hundreds of pounds and combined with today’s powerful computers. It can often allow unlimited tracks of music to be arranged together.
There are many options available in mixing software like DAWs. You can know the verities of options available online and make an informed decision. Many artists use DAW for music production.
A DAW is the fundamental piece of music-making software used to arrange, sequence, and compose songs and connect all the plugins (instruments/effects) for song creation.
For beginners, FL studio is highly recommended and then comes an advanced version which you can choose as per your genre: Cubase, Ableton Live, Logic Pro (OSX only) and FL Studio (Windows only).
To master the mixing, practice the art of finishing songs. Completing 5 pieces can give you helpful experience than spending the same amount of time you spent finishing 50. Doing 5 or more songs gives you confidence and creates a habit of making and committing to decisions for the future. The practice then immediately puts you ahead of the majority of producers.
To become a great music mixer, you need to listen to many different genres and tracks as possible. It will help if you listen to other genres such as rock, classical, hip hop, R&B, heavy metal etc. To increase your production speed and finish more songs in less time comes with practice, especially in DAW.
DAW can seem a little daunting for first-time producers, but rigorous efforts can be a game-changer.
Once DAW is done effectively, making music becomes more effortless.
- Make sure to read the DAW manual thoroughly. It will help you to grip the official functions and introduce you to different aspects of DAW.
- Refer to some DAW tutorials and YouTube. There are several other manuals available online for free as you level up your expertise.
Keep mixing, keep Grooving!