Tips for Music Production
Similarly, every hobbyist will eloquently churn-out advice on how to achieve the ultimate music production by editing, mixing and mastering. As abstract as sound is, there are a variety of factors which affect every music editing differently.
This article will however help in pointing out some of the very basic music editing, mixing and mastering tips, which will help you consider how to edit, mix and master music. Once you are familiar with these, you can experiment to your own liking, and ultimately achieve the sound you desire.
In editing, various sections of the audio are removed, added or spliced together. The audio is cleaned up of mistakes and accidental noises.
While Editing - the main focus should be on the natural flow of voice/music.
After Editing Music - you should listen to the audio at least twice to get it right. The important thing is to start listening to the audio 10 seconds prior to the edit point. This will give you the correct perspective of the flow of the audio. If the voice sounds hurried or slow, adjust the clips as required.
Cross fade should be applied to all overlapping clips. You should make sure the beginning and end of each clip has a small fade in and fade out, to make sure there is no clicking from the cuts.
Mixing is a broad term which covers various processes like equalizing, compression and leveling. Here are the basic rules of mixing:
Pay attention that loud levels cause ear fatigue. Always mix with the monitors turned low. This will give a better perspective of the mix.
While applying equalizer, always try to cut frequencies instead of boosting.
Make sure you hear your mix on different audio systems to see how well they translate. This is an absolute must.
Make sure the background music does not drown out or conflict with the main vocals. Always mix the background music first, and introduce the vocals in the end.
This is the final step of music production. It is recommended that you use a good audio production studio or online studio to get your tracks mastered.
It is necessary to use a good spectrum analyzer to find out which frequencies are low and which are high in the mix.
You should use at least 2 compressors before putting on the limiter.
If required, use stereo imaging to separate the mix. But after stereo imaging, always check the mix in Mono. The mix should never fall apart in Mono.
It is important to always compare the final sound with good commercially mixed tracks. This will immediately tell you the result if some frequencies are missing.