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63 Best Music Production Tips for Beginners in 2023

Embarking on a music production journey is both captivating and challenging, often leaving beginners and amateur musicians feeling stuck and lacking motivation.

Put plainly, it’s fucking hard.

I understand these struggles firsthand because I’ve been there too. The fear of failure held me back for far too long, delaying my pursuit of musical dreams.

Hell, I didn’t even know I had musical dreams until I failed at everything else trying to find my passion. Kept thinking that it’s too late for me to get into, that I’m not smart enough, and I’ll never “make it.”

Dumbass.

It was important for me to realize that anyone can make music. It’s an art form that transcends boundaries and welcomes everyone to explore their creativity.

Many people never start due to uncertainty, fear, and doubt. While some may be drawn to music production for fame and money, I believe the true reason to engage in music is passion.

It’s worth noting that there are an estimated 76 million music producers worldwide, accounting for 1% of the global population.

Many of them probably suck, just like you will, and just like I do, for a long time. That’s okay because music production is a journey, not a destination.

Queue Miley Cyrus growling out – “the journey is usually the part you remember anywaysss.”

In the United States alone, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 166,200 actively employed music producers. This means that the actively employed producers in the U.S. represent less than 1% of the world’s potential producers. So why should you start if success is uncertain?

Because you define your own success and you’re not going to live forever, so might as well do something that makes you happy.

The truth is, you don’t know what the future holds, and music is one of the most beautiful art forms worthy of pursuit. Do it to make yourself happy and because it’s something you’re passionate about.

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes; they are stepping stones to progress. Remember, every great musician started somewhere, and the crucial thing is to take that first step.

With determination, perseverance, and the right guidance, you’ll uncover the incredible potential within you and find the inspiration to create music that speaks to your soul. Let’s break free from fear and unlock the artist within – your musical journey awaits!

Whether you’re a beginner or experienced, here are my tips for new music producers.

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What Are the Best Essential Tips Become a Better Music Producer?

When it comes to music production, there’s no shortage of approaches. However, incorporating some tried-and-true tips can truly enhance your skills and elevate your creative process. If you’ve ever wondered about the best music production advice, you’re in luck.

I’ve gathered this list of things I think might help kick things of.

Some of this you will probably read, disregard, and never think about it again. However, much of it is relevant to someone, and hopefully that’s you. If not, ah well. Win some, lose some. Life marches on.

Let’s get on with the music production tips for beginners!

1. Never Give Up

This needed to be said, right up front and its important to get it out of the way.

One of the most profound tips echoed by artists across the board is the resounding mantra of “never give up.” While it may sound deceptively simple, the truth is that perseverance can be a tremendous challenge.

Fear, uncertainty, and doubt often weave their way into our minds, making us question our own abilities and whether our music will be well-received.

However, it is crucial to recognize that you are more than enough and that improvement comes with time and dedication.

Believe in yourself and trust that, with sufficient effort and dedication, you have the capacity to grow and excel. Embrace the production journey, overcome the obstacles, and let your music shine with the unwavering belief that your unique voice deserves to be heard.

2. Chase Passion, Not Money

Let’s be honest. No one wants to be a starving artist, but by pursuing your passion, your music will come across as a whole lot more honest, and it will speak to the people in your target audience. In my opinion if you’re passionate about what you’re doing its just one way to get better.

3. Start Active Listening

When it comes to listening two music, in general, there are two forms. Active and passive. Simple enough, right? Passive listening is what everyone does who is enjoying their music while they clean, drive, dance, etc.

Active listening requires your focused attention on every detail of the song. Maybe you listen to the song a few times focused on the drums, maybe next time is the bassline. Keeping your attention on certain aspects of the song will help you learn.

Learning how to use your ears is one of the best tips for music production because, well, I imagine it would be pretty hard otherwise.

4. Start Small

Start by making an 8-bar loop that you enjoy, and then keep building upon that shit. Music production should be fun, but make sure you are biting off sizes you can chew and build on those ideas.

Or, use a reference track and try to replicate a small portion of what your favorite artists are doing.

You do not need to make music with 100 different plugins right off the bat.

5. Practice

This one is obvious. Practice takes time and effort, which takes discipline, and the result will be an increase in skill and knowledge. Life is much like a game in this respect, except you can’t see your stats or grind to level 50 in a day. If you want to produce music, you need to keep on top of it.

If you can waste your life grinding in a game you no longer play, you can do music production too, and it is always a challenge.

6. Learn Your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)

Your workstation is where you will create all of your music. Logic Pro, FL Studio, and Ableton are amongst the top production DAWs. If you’re an Apple user, GarageBand is a free workstation that will allow you to create music on your phone and import it into Logic (also Apple User only, for a premium).

7. Download Your Favorite Songs MIDI Files

An excellent way to learn how to make music is by legally downloading the midi files of your favorite songs. You will be able to see some of the song structure and you can try to remake the song to sound exactly as it was made, or you can make it sound unique and your own song.

Be aware – you cannot profit this way and can be subject to lawsuits. This is for educational purposes only. There is such a thing as derivative work, but it’s best to stay away from that for a long time because frankly I don’t understand it either.

8. Have A Subscription to an Audio Sample Library

An audio sample library is where people put sounds they’ve created for others to use. Be sure to use one that is royalty free. Like Splice.

9. Put Your Mic in the Closet

No, seriously. If you’re recording put your mic in a closet with some shirts on a hanger on either side of it, and you have a budget “recording studio” right in your home and in this economy? That’s better than a $5 foot-long.

Acoustic treatment is all well and good, but so many people are sold on the idea it’s necessary right off the bat. It isn’t.

10. Study Music Theory

Music production is a science, it can be learned through logic, but it is driven by emotion. Music theory is something every music producer should know. Knowing the science will let you translate emotion better.

Music theory has a steep curve (I’m still learning it) but it is well worth the effort and it’s easy to get better at music production when you understand some of the basic music theory principles.

In time, music theory will help you become a better producer.

11. Swing Your Midi

No, I’m not talking THAT type of swinging. Swinging your music allows you to put a slight offset to the perfection of notes to allow it to feel more human. It helps the music production process because music is emotion, and computers are robots so the music can become “too perfect” and sounds fake.

When you’re listening to music you’ll probably notice that not everything is perfectly spaced. A little variance gives things life

12. ADSR

Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release.

Basically, Attack is how fast the sound comes, decay occurs after the attack and the sound either goes to sustain or release and that sound is over. It’s more complicated than that, but as I said…basically. It doesn’t matter the style of music you are listening to, these four words are how every sound is created.

13. Stay Organized

When you start making songs, downloading files, plugins, sound samples, recording your own sounds and vocals, making your own sounds…things can begin to get messy. Start organizing early and save yourself a mess to clean up.

I wish I knew this when I started. This got out of hand and it took me forever to get things organized again.

14. Learn the Keyboard Shortcuts for your DAW

Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast, except when you can stay smooth and take the shortcuts and get some things done faster.

15. Automation is Tune-upgradation

Automation allows your sounds to be changed automatically. This means you can shift the pitches to alternating ears, or fade in or fade out sounds. It is a very handy skill to learn and have in your production tool kit.

16. Learn the Lingo

Your song is not your “mix.” Many new producers, even seasoned ones, call their song a mix. Call it a pet peeve of mine.

A track is a piece of music, but a song contains many tracks, so, all songs are tracks, but not all tracks are songs. Mixing is the second to last step of the music making process, right before mastering, and honestly your song should sound pretty decent before it goes into the mixing phase. An amazing mix can’t save a bad song.

Learning the lingo will help you collaborate and get your questions answered by others in the music production game.

17. Join a Community Based Around The Music You Want to Make

If you’re reading this, it’s likely you’re on the search for knowledge and want to make music. So you’re on the right path. Reddit has many subreddits dedicated to production and many people willing to help answer your questions.

There are many modern music communities out there that will help you refine your skills and answer your questions about music production.

18. Keep it Simple

As with everything, the more complex you attempt to start out, the higher the curve. A song only truly requires 3 parts: Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm. This is why one person with a guitar can play a full song. Their voice is the melody, the chords are the harmony, and their strumming sets the tempo, or rhythm.

19. Learn how to Make Your Own Sounds

There are many different sounds out there, and many samples you can buy from other people, as well as free sample packs. These work, but if you know how to make your own sounds, you can start from scratch, make your own subs, or manipulate the sounds others have made.

20. Finish Your Songs

I’ve personally fallen into this trap many times. You start a song, get a solid 8, 16, or even 32 bar loop, and then quit the song and start on something else. If you do this, you build the habit of making something that’s incomplete.

If you force yourself to finish the song, even if it isn’t perfect, you build the habit of finishing music.

21. Listen to Music

So many different sub-genres of music have been created by taking and blending different genres together. The blues inspired rock, which inspired metal. Metal has been infused into and inspired dubstep.

Johnny Cash, one of the most famous country legends was inspired by rock, blues, and gospel.

Listen to other artists in your genre as well. Electronic music is a massive umbrella and there are plenty of good artists out there that aren’t at the top that are worth listening to. Changing the kind of music you listen to may inspire you and begin mixing music genres and give you musical ideas.

22. Watch Tutorials

There’s nothing wrong with watching YouTube tutorials and getting tips from other producers. A lot of people put their content out there to remain consistent and maybe teach some things along the way. There are YouTube channels full of tips to help get you started. Some of them even off music courses!

I started this blog to keep my own production goals and knowledge in one place, for me and I hope you can take something away from it.

Make sure to watch a bunch of different people so you can learn tips and tricks one person may not know and I am saying that because I am just one dude with my own perspective and production experience.

23. Get Out and Socialize

Music is a creative outlet to allow yourself to express life. Get out there and experience it so you have things to write about. This will help keep your creative juices tank full, and when you notice it’s getting empty, go do something. This will help you create great music!

Touch grass, stare at a rock, go remind yourself why you like staying home.

24. Learn an Instrument

Just because we’re EDM producers does not mean we can’t learn an instrument. The piano is an incredibly powerful instrument to learn as it coexists with EDM seamlessly. Almost every keyboard relies on those ebony and ivory keys made predominately of plastic!

However, you don’t need to be pigeonhole’d into the piano alone, any instrument could be a powerful addition to your productions. Like the guitar, or piccolo. I bet the piccolo could get down on some dirty drops.

25. Don’t Buy Too Much Too Quick

Learning music production is a triathlon, not a sprint. Buying too much at the beginning can overwhelm you with the amount of things you’ve got to learn.

Ask me how I know. Go on. Ask.

It’s because I bought a ton of crap right off the bat thinking it would make me become better, that’s how I know.

Spoiler alert, it didn’t.

There are some essential plugins and gear you should focus on first, such as the Serum wavetable Synthesizer, but most plugins and gear you should get when you’re ready and have learned the tools you already have.

You don’t need to make a full-blown home recording studio before you begin.

26. Don’t Overcomplicate Your Setup

Starting a new hobby is exciting, but all you really need to start is a computer or laptop and a DAW, although as soon as you are able, you should buy a laptop and a decent pair of headphones.

Secondary things to get would be a pair of studio monitors, a midi controller, and an audio interface, although those can wait. They are mostly for quality of life.

I personally recommend apple products for music production as that is what I use to have access to Logic, but if you don’t have a MacBook Pro, you can use FL Studio or Ableton as these work on PC.

27. Don’t Pirate ANYTHING

The price tag on a lot of audio production software can be steep and intimidating, but let’s say you produce a song and it tops the charts and starts making you money, but you pirated software…guess who’s coming to claim their bill? (and it won’t be a few hundred dollars this time).

Not to mention, you probably won’t want people pirating your work after you spent a ton of time on it because by now you’ve realize music production is hard.

28. Collaborate With Others

Any random stranger, or even some of your musical friends can yeah you a lot about music production.

Have a friend that is really good at piano? Have them come over and jam out on your keyboard and then try turning that into a song by adding other elements. Listening to other people’s music and having them listen to yours can help identify your areas of weakness and you can help each other out!

29. Welcome Criticism

It will be rare to find someone who is more critical of your work than you are, that is why whenever someone says something doesn’t sound quite right, it can hurt. But, they might be hearing something you’ve become blind to, or, it can be an opportunity to grow. As long as the criticism is constructive, it should be welcomed.

If it’s just someone tearing you down then don’t bother listening to their opinion anyway.

30. Familiarize Yourself With the Basic EDM Fundamentals

Odds are, if you’re here you probably know EDM revolves around basslines, beats, synths, and melodies, but in the event you didn’t know, now you do. You’re welcome.

31. Experiment With Different Software

No one can tell you what daw or software will work for you. FL Studio worked for Alan Walker, Ableton live worked for Excision, and Logic works for me…and also Daft Punk, who are significantly more famous than me.

But this isn’t a one-size fits all situation, look around and find out which production software you like best and stick with that.

32. Pay Attention to Your Balances

Each element of your song should have its place in the frequency range. You don’t want sounds competing for dominance.

33. Use Layers

Ogres are like onions, they have layers! And so do EDM songs.

That kick you thought was one sound could very well be several layered on top of one another, and that goes for every other sound you hear as well.

Some of the best sounds you hear, that you think might have been crafted and exists on its own, is actually layered sound and several different things executing in sync to deliver those mind blowing audio waves.

34. Start Building Your Sound Library

I recommend getting an external hard drive and building it there, unless you have a massive internal drive. Remember to stay organized, and most importantly make sure you’re using royalty free sounds. Pity the fool who steals sounds and thinks they got away with it. Not only can you be sued, but when you start sharing your music may be silenced or shut down.

Keep yourself legit.

35. Experiment With Effects

Effects such as reverb, delay, distortion, flinging, etc can manipulate any sound and change it entirely. Just don’t over-do it. Sometimes more isn’t better, and this is no different.

36. Study From Your Favorite Artists

Learn from your favorite artists. Hear what they’re doing, and try to replicate it. See if you can hear what effects they’re using and what techniques they are using.

37. Learn Compression Techniques

Compression reduces the volume of lounge sounds, and amplifies soft sounds. Learning how to utilize this tool will help you balance your sounds. The job of the compressor is to reduce the audio signal’s dynamic range.

In caveman terms: Compressor make loud noise quiet,

38. EQ, but Don’t Over-do it.

Or do. Who am I to tell you what to do?

EQ can really enhance your production and make it sound better, or it can kill it. Luckily there’s reset and back buttons, but be aware it can easily make your tracks clip and make it harder on your mixing or mastering engineer if you end up using one.

Don’t fall into the trap of over EQing everything.

39. Clipping is Bad

Clipping can damage speakers. It’s best to stay around -6db on your master. Monitoring your levels in your mixer window will help. In its most simple form, if you see your audio is blowing past -6 decibels in any track, you will want to turn that volume down. You can also use EQ to limit or cut frequencies entirely.

This is important for mixing and mastering.

40. Explore Various Sound Packs

Many people create their own sound packs that are distributed for free, and for purchase. As you learn sound design it’s a good idea to grab these packs so you have a better understanding of how people are creating these sounds.

When you’re just starting out you’ll learn how other people made certain sounds this way because usually they’re sold or given freely as synth presets.

42. Take Breaks

Music production is addicting. Once the ball gets rolling and you’ve refined your workflow you’ll quickly find yourself several hours into the future. Try to make sure you take breaks so you don’t strain your ears and can come back to what you were working on with fresh ears.

Taking breaks is important in the production process and it helps combat ear fatigue. Ear fatigue is frustrating, as you make something that sounds really good, then you come back and it sucks.

43. Stay Consistent

Most skills are depreciation in nature, and music production is no exception. If you take long breaks it will be harder to progress and you’ll have to relearn a lot of things. Figure out what sort of consistency you can have and stick to it but don’t over-do it and burn yourself out.

The important part is to continue working on music.

44. Use Sidechain for Extra OOMPH

Sidechain is a technique in which you “chain” two or more tracks to one dominate track. Many use this technique by tethering their bass lines to their kick drum, so that every time the kick hits, the bass “ducks” beneath the sound of the kick drum making the kick sound much more prominent.

45. Learn Notation

It’s not absolutely necessary, but learning how to read music even on a basic level can help you out a lot. You’ll understand more of how your MIDI or audio files should be spaced, and it will make you a more well rounded producer.

For added bonus, you’ll be able to write down what you need if you need someone who plays live instruments to record for you.

Luckily, many DAWs can take the notes you program and convert them into musical notation.

46. Get Feedback

It’s one thing to release your music to the general public for feedback, knowing you’re also going to get some negative feedback…but when working with other producers and bouncing ideas off of them, they tend to be much more objective and can help give better advice because they are also “in the know” of how hard this hobby really is.

Non-musical people hear the completed work, and either appreciate it or don’t, their reactions are usually emotional. Fellow producers have an ear to hear the subtleties of what you have going on, as well as the setup to actually look at what you’re doing.

So when you let them listen to your music, they may be able to give you pointers.

47. Incorporate Real World Sounds

Using real world sounds can help you tell a story. A little rain in the background of a soft melancholy melody in e minor, or some kids playing on the playground in c major can really help your listener understand the vibe you’re going for.

Using from the real world can help boost your overall sound if done right.

48. Learn the Different Forms of Synthesis

Subtractive, wavetable, FM, etc all play an integral role in sound design and understanding them will help you develop your sound. Maybe you hate what’s popular, and find a lot of use in something people don’t care for.

Learning your synth and the different types of synths out there is a crucial step to take to improve your music. One easy way to get your hands dirty and learn some things is to download presets.

49. Develop Your Own Signature Sound

This is, in my personal opinion, the hardest aspect of EDM production. When you hear your favorite artists, and they come out with a new song, often times you “just know” who it is. That’s because their signature sound is right there, and it allows you to identify them.

The thing that makes it even harder is this is a solo journey. No one can teach you how to make YOUR sound. This is part of the discovery process.

50. Use a Sampler

Samplers are cool, like really cool. A sampler is a plugin where you can record or import any sound file, whether one you’ve created, one you’ve recorded, or a royalty-free sound you downloaded off the internet and allow you to change the sound entirely.

You could make an entire song with the items around your house, and a good grasp of your sampler. Never thought about your light switch being a hi-hat, huh? Music production life hack!

51. Build Tension

Tension is extremely important to keep your listener engaged. Every producer needs to know how to build tension. Do you know what people don’t like? Having things taken away from them.

You can use this to your advantage by taking away the bass and drums, slowing down the song, and then giving it right back to them. This is typically how the big bass drops work, and why they really move the crowd.

There are many ways to build tension, but go take a cookie from a toddler, wait a second, and give it back and you’ll see what I mean.

52. Study Tempo’s

Every genre of music has a tempo range. House is usually around 120bpm, Dubstep around 140bpm, Drum and Bass is 160-180bpm, and hardcore can reach a blistering 200bpm or more, although 180 still works.

53. Look Back Periodically

Looking back at your earlier productions will really show you how far you’ve come. You might even laugh at yourself. It just helps show progress. An added bonus is that if you get stuck, you might be able to make something that once sounded awful into something beautiful. There are no wasted projects here!

It is a good idea to look back every once in a while.

54. Protect Your Ears

If you’re like me, you like your music loud. Make sure you limit yourself on your exposure to loud things. You need your ears to be able to hear the subtleties in your tracks.

When I was a teen I could mow the grass without hearing protection using a gas mower. Now I’ve got an electric mower and rocking the ear pro.

55. Use Buses

Buses are a way to put your tracks together for effects. You can put all of your drums on one bus, and add reverb, eq, distortion, etc to all of them at once instead of individually.

This will help your production because you can group sounds together and affect them with similar effects.

56. Split Your Drums

Instead of having all of your drums on one track, divide them up by sound. So kick on one track, snare on another, hit-hats on another, and so on and so forth. This will allow you to change the sounds of a particular aspect of the drum ensemble separately to mix and match sounds.

57. Color Code Your Tracks

This will help you stay organized. Pick what colors you want for what tracks, but keep them the same across all of your songs. Over time you will know exactly what you’re looking at no matter what song you’re working on.

As an example, all of your drums should be red, your melody blue, your effects purple, your chords yellow, etc. You can pick whatever colors you’d like for whatever section.

I learned about this from Full Sail University, where I got an audio arts certificate to boost my production skills. This is actually an industry standard and if you do “make it” it will help your future colleagues.

58. Write Lyrics With Empathy

If you can imagine the feelings of someone in a situation that you yourself haven’t been in, then you have unlimited song potential. It is good to write music from a place that you’ve been emotionally, but you don’t always have to do it that way.

In other words, don’t forget to think about others and it might help you production.

59. Experiment and Get Weird With It

After you’ve followed along with the mold, and tried and true techniques, mess around and break the rules. Revolutionary artists are usually the ones who brought something new to the table, maybe you’re next and create the next genre of music sounds mashed together.

60. Save, Save, Save, Then Save Again

I’m not saying to save 4 times in a row, but you should get into the habit of saving every time you do something. If you’re about to do something really funky and you’re unsure if you’ll break your song or not, save a separate file and maintain the integrity of your original.

The only thing worse than irreparably breaking your song, is forgetting to save and losing something you loved. Learn your DAWs keyboard shortcut and use it often. In Logic, it is command + S.

61. Have Fun

The most cliche of all tips, but one of the most important.

Music production can be frustrating. Something happens in your DAW you’ve never seen before, there’s a sequence in your head you can’t get to work in the physical world correctly, you’re just not feeling it…

Whatever the reason, if you notice you’re not having fun, take a break. This is a journey after all, and music production is a lifelong companion. Treat it as such, and have fun.

62. Learn how to Program Drum Patterns

It’s a simple enough aspect of learning how to be a music producer, but essential if you want to be an electronic producer. Learning how to program drums to make music will help you understand and speak to your drummer if you are in an instrumental band, but as an electronic producer you will be the one creating your whole song.

Learning basic drum patterns that you can build upon is essential to begin your music production.

63. Practice Building Chord Progressions

Chord progressions are easily one of the most important parts of a song. In fact, it’s one of the three essential elements of a song. The essential elements of any song are melody, rhythm, and chords! Learning how to make chord progressions you’ll understand how and why popular chord progressions tend to be better chord progressions and this will help you as a songwriter to write a song.

What Is Logic Pro?

As a musician or aspiring producer, Logic is an absolute gem. It’s a DAW developed by Apple Inc. that has become my go-to tool for creating, editing, and mixing.

With Logic, I can let my creativity flow and bring my music production ideas to life. Its user-friendly interface and extensive feature set make it a joy to work with.

Whether I’m recording vocals, sequencing notes, or exploring a vast array of virtual instruments and audio effects, Logic provides me with a comprehensive and professional-grade environment for my music production journey.

I may end up grabbing Ableton in the near future, but Logic has really helped my music production and I love the ease of transfer between my phone and tablet to my MacBook. It is currently, my favorite production software.

How Can Logic Help You Get Better at Music Production?

What sets Logic apart for me is its seamless integration with GarageBand and its remarkable ease of use.

One of the reasons I prefer Logic over any other DAW is its ability to effortlessly transfer songs from GarageBand into Logic. This helps me meet my production goals.

This feature is a game-changer because it means that if I have a burst of musical inspiration or create something on the go using my phone or iPad, I can effortlessly import those ideas into Logic when I’m back home.

Once inside Logic, I have access to a plethora of powerful tools that truly elevate my music to new heights. It’s like taking a spark of creativity and then unleashing the full force of professional-grade capabilities to bring my productions to life in a way that was once unimaginable.

How Can These Tips for Music Production Help Me Master Electronic Music?

Look, music production isn’t easy. Everyone starts somewhere. There are tens of thousands of people who know more than I do. There are millions of people that I know more than. Some of these may not work for you, some of them might.

Take what’s important to you and don’t be afraid to use them when you’re producing and mixing your music. I hope they help you.

Conclusion/Wrapping Up

Embarking on a music production journey can be both captivating and challenging, often leaving beginners and aspiring musicians searching for that elusive spark of motivation.

As someone who has experienced those very struggles, I understand the overwhelming feeling of not knowing where to start and the fear of failure that can hinder progress.

But let me assure you, anyone can join in music production. It is a boundless art form that welcomes everyone to explore their creativity.

It’s crucial not to be deterred by mistakes, as they are essential stepping stones on the path to improvement. Remember, even the most renowned musicians began their journey as beginners, taking that initial leap of faith.

The important thing is to take that first step, armed with determination, perseverance, and the right guidance.

Within you lies immense potential waiting to be unleashed. With time and dedication, you will unlock the artist within, allowing your music production to resonate with your deepest emotions.

Embrace the journey, overcome obstacles, and let your musical expression flourish. The world awaits the unique voice and creations that only you can offer. So, don’t hold back—break free from fear, and let your music soar to new heights!

10 Music Production FAQ’s

  1. How long does it take to master music production?

    That entirely depends on the individual. Some people it takes longer than others. It is said that it takes 10,000 hours to master any skill. However, people have made billboard topping songs with less time and knowledge than that.

  2. How many bars make an intro?

    Roughly 8-16 bars. Every section of a song should be 8 bar loops.

  3. How do I start music production?

    Easy! Download GarageBand on your phone, or if you have a laptop, download a DAW like FL Studio or Ableton. If you have a MacBook you can get Logic off of the App Store. GarageBand is the only free DAW out of these options but is a powerful tool to get your feet wet.

  4. How much money do I need to spend to get started?

    If you already have an iPhone or iPad, it is completely free to get started. Otherwise music production can and does get quite pricey, but that shouldn’t discourage you!

    Ableton and FL Studios both start with a $99 limited version of their software. Eventually, you will need to upgrade. Logic comes in with only one price tag, $199, and it has everything you need to get started out of the box with no additional upgrades available (excluding third party plugins).

    Logic also offers an iPad app that was just released this year that comes with a subscription service.

  5. Can you self-teach music production?

    Absolutely, people do it all the time. Self-teaching doesn’t necessarily mean painstakingly failing every step of the way until you know better. This isn’t Elden Ring. Actually, music production is just as hard, never mind.

    You can do research, watch youtube videos, read blogs, etc and still be “self-taught” in my opinion.

  6. Do you need a degree to get into music production?

    Short answer is no. Music production, and art in general, does not require a degree of any sort. However, if you want to actually work in the music industry it will be easier to start if you have a degree than someone who does not.

  7. How much does music production make per song?

    $0 and right on up to platinum records and lambo’s.

  8. Am I too old to learn music production?

    No, you are never too old to explore music production. This is one of the most asked questions, and the answer will always be no.

    Anyone can learn how to make any genre of music at any time. If you happen to make songs people enjoy but are concerned about your age, you can always hide it in your stage costume and no one would be the wiser.

  9. What is the demand for music producers?

    Who cares? Make art. A career in music production can be extremely competitive, but you’re not in the competition if you’re not trying.

  10. How much do producers make?

    It depends on what type of music production you are in. If you’re an artist, then it can be nothing all the way up through the spectrum. If you’re a ghost producer or freelancer, then that will depend on your experience.

    If you choose to go the career route, and entry level producer post-college graduation makes $37.98, or $79,000 annually according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in the year 2021.

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