song productionWhen independently producing music, the bulk of the effort has to be on that final 1%. That’s where that “major label sound” is. You want it? Well, here’s how you get it. It comes down to producing yourself correctly.
All professional music productions, irrespective of genre, always set out to achieve perfection. But if some such recordings occasionally strike you as “less than perfect,” that may be part of their design. For instance “punk” is not supposed to sound polished. But it must have energy. Rap must not be “square” – it must feel “real” – i.e. not “perfect.” You’ll thus quickly discover that each style of music has such its own little idiosyncrasies. No matter which style you look at, however, if it’s well done, it is perfect in its delivery to its target market.
In one of my previous posts I looked at EQ’ing the voice by finding the right “pocket” for it. This time, let’s talk about another aspect of vocal placement which combines level-setting, panning, double-tracking and special effects.
There are loads of excellent MIDI manuals out there, so I won’t restate and repeat the obvious. Instead, I’d like to briefly focus on some general techniques which will make your sequencer recordings feel more “alive.”
Whether you produce your music electronically, on your computer, or in a more traditional setting, one of the most important considerations is the way your music sounds. This is, to a large extent down to the gear you use, but you will have noticed that the thousands of, say, guitar-bass-drums bands still manage to come up with their “own sound.” Even though they seemingly use the exact same instruments! The same applies to music which relies more on synths and special effects. How is it that this pro band which uses the same synths you have has so much cooler sounds?
So what is a producer anyway? Do I need one? Can anyone become one?
Let’s deal with this one by one, from the back. Yes, almost anyone can become a producer, but the focus this requires means that only a few people ultimately do. And yes, you do need one – even if it’s going to be you. And this brings me to the main question: what does a producer do?