10 Tips to Producing a Good Song
equalizer or spectrum meter are your best friend when it comes to
producing a song. If you don't have a spectrum meter plug-in you can
cross reference your song by playing it in any music program like
winamp http://www.winamp.com By analyzing
the EQ and its responses. Find the frequency range that is not jumping
very high and fill it with sounds of the appropriate frequency. You
should also use your eq to pump these missing frequencies if they
are coming in too low.
2. Do not mud up your song by putting to many sounds of the
same frequency range this will not produce a desirable effect, keep
your song clean sounding. Take an overview of your song and what you
are using to fill these specific frequency ranges. Get rid of any
sounds that are causing complications in the mix they will only make
it sound worse.
3. Clearly label all of your sounds, FX, and anything that
you can about the song you are writing because chances are you'll
eventually come back to it without a clue of where you left off. If
you work on one song at a time sticky notes and/or masking tape for
your mixer and monitor will do the trick quite nicely.
4. Save your song as new versions, as it progresses, so that
if it starts sounding worse than the previous work you can go back
to its basic structure and re-write it.
5. Hearing the same riffs over and over can start to numb your
ears of its catchy sound. Go back to what you are working on after
a nights sleep its always better to have a listen with fresh ears.
6. Keep the volume at a reasonable level while you are working
in your studio and only turn it up once and a while. This will help
yourself from going deaf and will help maintain your interest in the
song while you are producing it.
7. I have said it before and I will say it again, save a back
up file of your work, hard drives randomly crash without warning,
it's better to sort through a bunch of files on CDs than to loose
8. Experiment as much as you can, as long as you have back-ups
you can always go back. Producing music is all about stretching the
boundaries outside of the mainstream.
9. Keep all of your files in order sometimes this can help
when going into the songs final mix down. and really helps when backing
up all of your songs rough work for any future re mixes to come.
10. Continue to produce lots of music, you will always learn
something after writing every song. Its all about finding that one
good sample/sound that catches your ears attention, and sticks in
your head for the rest of the day.