How To Be a Music Producer

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When I first started out getting into producing I had nothing. School loans were killing my pockets, school work was taking all of my time and if I did have some time to try and do something I didn’t have a very good way of doing it. But hopefully with this article I can help out a few people find out what all is out there to work with, what to use and how to use it.

First off I’m going to list some stuff that can be very helpful.

1. Learn an instrument. Because training your ear and learning musical theory will benefit your career. You should also try to compose your own songs, master tempos, and understanding music from the other side of the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).

2. Master a DAW To create, you’ll need to learn how to use a DAW and as many music-processing programs as you can. Some producers use programs such as Cakewalk Sonar, Reason, Pro Tools, and FL Studio. If you don’t a have some background in sound production, a good program to start off with is FL Studio.

3. Create instrumentals. Try Hip Hop, Dub step, Rock, Pop, R&B. The more genres you become good in, the more clients you can get!

4. Remake your favorite song. Take a known song try to remake it and give it your own flavor. Think about. What kind of potential does it have? How can you make it better?

5. Get Networking. Tell family and friends you’re producing music. Create business cards. Post bulletins around your neighborhood. Make your prices are reasonable, you’ll get clients in no time. Charge cheap per hour or per song. (Remember to keep family and business separate, though.)

6. Intern at a studio. Sure, it’s tough work, but you might get some free time in a real recording studio. You’ll make friends in the business (and bring home that paycheck). Start low if necessary; the point is to get your foot in the door.

7. Get educated. So if music production doesn’t work out, you’ll have something to fall back on; if it does, you’ll be able to get higher positions with better pay.

8. Save up. Now that you have knowledge of the business, steady source of income, and a client base, you can start your own studio.