Music is big business and has never been more popular, and now many people aren’t just physically making music, they are also dabbling with the production side. This means that as a musician/producer you have so much more control over the final sound of your music and how it will be presented to your audience. However, the production side is very different with many different tools available that you can use to shape your sound and the mood of your music, so here we are going to look at some of these tools and how they can be utilized to make your music even more unique than it already is.
DAWs or digital audio workstations are the centerpieces of many recording studios in the 21st century as technology has moved on from when music was recorded using large consoles and on tape. With a DAW your options are pretty much limitless as it can be used for recording something as simple as a single voice, to something as complicated as an entire symphony orchestra. There are many different DAWs on the market and they are often not easy pieces of kit to use, so it is important that you research the different options and then learn from a professional about how best to utilize them. Once you settle on your preferred brand then you can start to expand your production capabilities so that you can produce your own unique sound.
Sampling has become big business because they can allow you to introduce the sounds of the past into your modern music allowing you to create catchy new riffs or choruses that would have otherwise been unachievable. It is now possible to buy sample packs full of these sounds, but it is important that you look at royalty free sample packs as these will allow you to be safe in the knowledge that you can use the samples freely without risk of prosecution. You can also use them to fit the tempo and the pitch of your music, and they will also improve the overall sound quality. So, if you are looking for some catchy new hooks to add to your sound, or you are simply lost for ideas and are looking for a new avenue for inspiration, it is worthwhile investing in a sample pack that can take your music to the next level.
A Midi Controller
A Midi controller, or Musical Instrument Digital Interface, is basically a tool that allows the aforementioned DAW’s to talk to the physical hardware that you are using, and if you want to have seamless musical production, then it is a key tool in your armory. They often come in the form of a keyboard controller, much like what you would find on a piano, but to use these you need to be able to play the piano, so for many people, a grid version is preferred. With this type of controller, you can arrange beats and all your samples in a much more intuitive way, and at a lower cost than using a keyboard version. By using a MIDI you can not only produce live music, but you can also use it for editing items such as drum sequencing and percussion, which will drive up the quality of your production to no end, producing a similar sound to the professionals.
A Recording Microphone
When producing music the quality of the initial input sound is one of the most important factors, so by using a specialized recording microphone you can make it as high as possible. What the microphone will do is record all the audio in a 3-dimensional sphere and will then convert it into a digital signal which can be worked on throughout the rest of the production process. There are two types of microphones that are generally used; a condenser and a dynamic type. The condenser uses a vibrating diaphragm to produce the signals, but the disadvantage of this is that there is the possibility of background sound bleeding, whereas dynamic microphones work using electromagnets so they pick up sound better in loud environments and are considerably cheaper. It is, therefore, worthwhile to consider what you need the microphone for before making a purchase.
As we have learned some tools are essential for music production if you want to drive up the quality of the sound. DAWs are essential no matter what type of music you are recording and a Midi will allow you to transfer the sound without losing any quality. Sample packs give you hassle-free access to sounds and beats from the past. Always ensure that you use a high-quality microphone suitable for your purposes. If you take advantage of these tools, you will enhance your production no end!