Do you want to create the best sound possible? If you don’t enjoy listening to your own tracks, then there’s a good chance that the general public won’t enjoy it either. This doesn’t mean that you need to work with a professional studio in order to make quality music. You just need to be careful when working from your home studio.
Just because you can’t afford studio time or expensive equipment doesn’t mean that you can’t create awesome music. Below, you’ll find 5 simple tips for making pro music in your home studio. These music production tips will help you create the type of music that you actually want to listen to.
#1 – Invest in a Quality Set of Headphones
As long as you have the basics – a computer, a digital audio workstation (DAW), and an audio interface, you almost have everything you need to make your own tracks. But, instead of spending money on expensive studio monitors, you’ll likely only need a good set of headphones.
If you have the money available, then invest in a quality set of headphones. You want headphones that help isolate while still delivering exceptional sound quality.
Since you’ll likely be working with yourself, there’s no need for the monitors. You’ll be able to hear all the sounds through the headphones, at better quality than the majority of the people that will be listening to your music.
#2 – Eliminate as Much Outside Sound as Possible
You may not have the option to completely soundproof your home studio. But, you can make an effort to eliminate as much outside sound as possible.
First, consider the walls of the room. You can purchase Sheetblock to block sound. If you can’t afford to install this in your home studio, then use padding for insulation and then cover with blankets. The goal is to prevent the sound in the studio from vibrating the walls.
Next, consider the same steps for soundproofing the ceiling and door. For the flooring, you could use additional carpet padding.
Once the additional insulation or padding is in place, seal off the room. Use padding, blankets, or other material to seal off the room. If there are any large gaps between your home studio and adjacent rooms, you can use acoustical caulk to fill the holes.
To test out the success of your soundproofing, you should record a few sounds while you have someone standing in the next room. Have them make a lot of noise and see if any of this noise is picked up on your recording. Here’s a few additional tips for helping you soundproof your home studio:
#3 – Remember to Keep It Simple
When you start mixing a song, remember to keep it simple. You may think that adding additional tracks or bells and whistles will make your song sound better. But, there’s a good chance that you’ll do the opposite. You aren’t making a masterpiece. So, stick to the basics.
If you’re creating a hip-hop track, use a simple beat with a few change-ups. If you’re recording a rock song, stick to the instruments and avoid over-synthesizing your songs.
#4 – Don’t Spend All Day on a Single Song
The more time you spend on a song the more likely you are to add tracks and additional sounds. You’ll end up tweaking the song until it no longer sounds like your original idea. The end result is a song that is clouded with too many sounds.
So, instead of spending all day on a single song, cut yourself off. Set aside a specific amount of time for editing your song. Once you reach this time limit, save your work and wait until the next day before making any other changes.
#5 – Save Your Work Every 30 Minutes
One problem with using a home studio to mix your own tracks is that there’s the potential for a computer crash. DAW software demands a lot of resources from your computer. If your computer crashes and you haven’t saved your work, you could end up wasting a lot of time and energy.
Save your work every 30 minutes. Depending on how long it takes to save, you may even want to save more frequently. Basically, whenever it crosses your mind, you should take a short break to save your work and save yourself from losing everything that you’ve done.
Start using these tips to improve the overall quality of the music that you upload to streaming sites. Don’t let your fans listen to inferior tracks. If you want a pro sound, you can make do with the equipment that you have. You just need to take your time and really listen to what you’re putting out there.
Along with these music production tips, you can learn how to sell the music that you create. Follow this link to sign up for an upcoming webinar that will teach you the basics of making money from your own music.