Anyone could say that in a home studio you can’t get a professional-quality sound. This is a huge lie.
However, there are certain key pieces that one must follow if one really wants to achieve an outstanding sound.
That’s why in this article I will give you tips for better productions that I want you to apply from today … And here they go.
- Start by having good songs
Uff… How pleasant it is to listen to a good song. And even better, when production complements it 100% to make it even better.
But what if it is NOT a good song?
So even if a million-dollar production is paid at Abbey Road Studios, it won’t be a pleasant song to listen to. Why? Because, simply, the composition is NOT good.
One of the producer’s jobs is, to be honest, and really evaluate when a song has potential or not. It is better, to be honest with the artist and, if your song is not so good, look for an alternative.
- Preproduction Is A Key Part
Well, they say … If you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail.
Planning within production is simply EVERYTHING.
It is very important that, before starting the recording, you have a clear idea about what is going to be done in the song. Some of these things are …
- What style will be given to the song?
- What instrumentation is going to be used?
- What musicians will participate?
- What arrangements or direction will be given to the song?
Among others. I assure you that if you plan in the best way, everything will be more efficient and the creative process will flow excellent.
- Everything starts from the source
This is something I repeat, and I never tire of repeating, since it is most important in a production.
If from the beginning we have a quality recording, the entire production, mixing and mastering process will be much better.
NEVER, but NEVER leave something recorded that you did not like and much less think “I’ll fix it later in the mix” because these kinds of things are the ones that are dirtying the song little by little.
If from the beginning you focus on having a quality recording, then the mix will simply be to balance and beautify the sound, not to correct it.
- Think about your future arrangements
Part of preproduction is thinking about the arrangements, but I want to go a little deeper.
One of the most common mistakes is that people finish recording all the essential parts, and THEN they start thinking about what arrangements the song will have.
This is a tremendous mistake because it greatly limits our creative potential.
Why? Because often the arrangements have to go hand in hand with the recording of the instruments themselves, through pauses, the way of playing the instrument, natural intensities, etc.
The arrangements are thought from BEFORE recording, not until the end of the recording. That you stay well recorded and I assure you that your creativity will flow.
That the instruments and sections ADAPT to your arrangements and not vice versa, this will make your production much more creative.