Here you will find all the music production tips and tricks that I’ve personally picked up (Yes the founder of this site) during my own producing time to help you guys improve your music production and FAST!
Plus some FUN related stuff 🙂
Music Production Tips
One of the best way to learn how to make EDM music is to mimic / reference from the pros. If you have the budget, buy a track from EDM Ghostproducer and see how they do it.
When I got a song from there, I was shocked to see how many few instruments they used but the track still sounded like a massive EDM Big room track. Which shows that it’s the quality not quantity (Layering synths till the cows come home), that really matters.
I also realized that these producers use a ‘click’ or an additional sound to make their kicks stand out.
Maarten Vorwerk, A BRILLIANT EDM Ghost Producer
Maarten Vorwerk on the left. Who’s on the right? 🙂
Anyways, here is an incredible PDF that he released with his personal tips and tricks which literally blew up the EDM music production world.
When I first saw it, I didn’t understand much but now I’m looking forward to it especially after taking the HyperBits Masterclass.
Enjoy over 100 pages of KILLER tips to take your EDM Music production to the next level.
Hyperbits EDM Coaching Program
Speaking of Masterclasses, one of the best way to learn is learn from the PROs (I know I keep repeating that but it’s true). It will save you time, you can ask them questions and get an answer right away instead of scouring Youtube tutorials and bottom line, get RESULTS fast!
This is why I took the HyperBits Masterclass and took my music production game to the next level (In less than 8 weeks).
If you hardly have any experience in producing music, I encourage you to get going with Recording Connection. If you have some idea about EQing (High pass, low pass, etc), and have made a track or two in the past but it sounded like $hit, Hyperbits is your guy.
I first heard about HyperBits through EDMProd.
Another genius source for beginner’s and music producers out there. I liked the stuff there but I wanted to learn from someone who is an artist themselves (Like at least they’ve had some level of commercial success). After learning that HyperBits has made tracks that have ended up in the top 10 on HypeEm (Hype Machine) and he’s done stuff with labels like Armada and few others, I was sold.
If you are really serious about music production or finally figuring out if this is the path for you I URGE YOU to take this Masterclass / Coaching immediately. You’ll not only learn stuff in a proper step by step manner but also get in touch with around 40 or 50 other producers just like yourself who are willing to help you out and rate your music, etc It’s like finally having a community of fellow music producers or people who have the same goal as you and are mostly pretty driven.
I first took the Future Bass course by Hyperbits (Also on EDMProd) and after going through this mind blowing course, I was completely sold on his Masterclass. Best part is he gives you access to his step by step tutorial videos for life 🙂
If Hyperbits Masterclass seems out of your budget (Guys get your parents to pay for it, it’s TOTALLY worth it) or start off with the Future Bass course.
You won’t need any convincing from me then either. That’s how I did it anyways.
Once you start doing your thing and figuring out the basics, it’s time to get your sound game right. The higher the quality of your sound samples are, the more pro your music is going to sound like. If you use crappy sound samples from just anywhere, you tracks / songs will SUCK!
So remember, quality sounds are a MUST!
My Favorite Sound Samples / Serum Presets
Definitely one of those rare companies that are making some serious noise in the sound sample industry (Pardon the obvious pun lol).
Seriously though, they are killing it right now!
The founders of the company are producers themselves so they understand the electronic music producing game very well and what is necessary to truly stand out.
Getter called them out because they were making project files of songs that literally sounded just like his. I’m not sure about the details but I don’t think Getters a big fan of them at the moment. Personally, I wished Cymatics reached out to the artist first and it probably would have worked out in their favor.
Hopefully they’ll work things out in the near future as it will be a victory for music fans like us everywhere.
They make awesome sounds anyways.
I literally only get sounds from two sources right now. Splice and Cymatics. I love their Serum Presets as well and have started to reverse engineer them to learn about sound design too.
So as far as Cymatics goes, I highly recommend them.
Awesome samples. Tons of quality content on Youtube as well on improving your production game (For Logic Pro X users and Ableton). They also carry ‘Project Files’ so you can see how an actual song is made.
Another great way to learn fast 🙂
I emailed these guys about how to create a certain kind of sound but didn’t get any response I emailed like four of the guys on their ‘Team’ page but no response. So I hope they improve their customer service in the near future.
This is how I make my tracks super fast (10-15 days). They are essential for your workflow.
The coolest part about them is they are ALWAYS adding new sound samples and from major Artists like KSHMR and many more.
Best part, they have presets for Serum and other synths that you can download too.
It’s more of a community where you can upload your own track and collab with an artist as well.
So download the most high quality sounds (All the pros use this service), interact with other artists and enjoy tons of tutorials, articles on making your music better.
I would love to get into the details but once you login, you can figure it out.
This is a GEM for all PROFESSIONAL music producers.
Zenhiser Got Some Hot Sounds
Since I started making music with the intent of producing Big Room (What a surprise right?), I one day came across Zenhiser. Another quality sound sample company. After hearing just a few of their samples, I was sold.
To this day (I kid you not), I still user their ‘fills’ and ‘build ups’ etc.
This is another quality company and has been doing this the longest (At least out of the three that I mentioned above). I think even longer then SPLICE.
Anyways, this would be another quality source for the latest sounds and presets. Plus they cover all EDM genres.
If you’re a Native Instruments / MASSIVE user, you will really like these guys too.
Hear Your Mixes On Different Devices
Lots of brilliant ideas in this world and this is one of them. Fellow music producers, now you can hear your mixes on various types of devices without having to buy all of them.
Thanks to this simple plugin by Audified, you can now ‘test’ to see how your track might sound on an iPad, inside a car and much more.
Ofcourse it doesn’t beat the real thing but man does it do a good job. A lot of EDM music producers are recommending it. Now you have no excuses. Keep moving forward and never give up. Only give up AFTER you’ve mastered all the “skills” but your music still sounds like poop (Just being realistic) :).
Ritchie Valens – Donna
Oh Boy! If you are looking to remix something, can we start with songs from this era? The 60s or even more far back? If you don’t know who Richie Valens is, you need to get your music history game tight bud.
Anyways, Richie Valens was indirectly part of a trio of incredible musicians who blew up fast and died in a heart beat (Tragic plane crash). The other two names in that trio were Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper (Legends).
These guys were the world’s first pop stars. Before the internet, before social media heck even before proper phone access or video cameras. When radio was the most high tech thing around. The day these young cats passed away (Richie was 17), it famously became known as ‘The Day The Music Died”. Never forget. RIP to the pilot as well. Shows you the power of great music. If your music is good, it will spread. Just work on your craft. PS: Man this was an intense post . . .
Best Mid Side EQing Tutorial
Okay so my mixes were sounding super good recently but elements like the snare or even the lead weren’t just popping like it does when the pros do it. I did some research and found my answer.
MID SIDE EQing!
There is a reason why nobody talks about it.
It’s the SECRET to bangin EDM mixes and here is an ultimate tutorial on it.
Pauro’s DJ Headphone Pendant And Necklace
Show the world who you are even without opening your mouth. When you rock this necklace, they will know that your true love is music.
Rock this joint wherever you go and may it serve as a reminder of who you are and what you should be chasing.
For the price, this is actually a pretty decent necklace.
Life VS A Music Producer
Oooooh I almost don’t want to but this is quite on point. Don’t worry though, this only happens in the beginning. Once you get good, you’ll start banging tracks out pretty fast. Then you can balance things out.
How To Improve Your Songwriting
Okay another awesome Youtube channel that can take your songwriting game to the next level. These guys literally “dissect” how artists like John Mayer, Taylor Swift and a whole bunch of others write their songs.
If you are an inspiring song writer but are struggling, these guys can not only improve your writing game but will show you ho to market your writing skills and all that.
Songwriting is a big part of making music. Don’t let anyone tell you different. Go for it
Best Chord Progression Tutorial
Okay this is something I’m still trying to figure out. I got a decent idea about the different kinds of chords but just haven’t spent enough time on them.
One thing that really caught my eye was this tutorial. It’s straight to the point and it helped me a lot in learning about chord progressions. Simple and to the point.
Why would you need chord progressions anyways? It makes the sound more fuller and richer. Basically, all the pros use it. Especially if you want to make big leads (EDM) or when using Piano sounds.
Can someone please bring this kind of music back please? I really love classic real music. It soothes the soul ya’know?
Anyways, these cats just busted out a little Barbershop Quartet while they were in the washroom. Yeah an odd location but props to the fellas because they absolutely killed it. The video seems old but hopefully they’ll do a re-union video soon 🙂
Enjoy the music y’all 🙂
PS: The original song was by Billy Joel called The Longest Time.
Bree Noble teaches Female Musicians To Make Money
I must say, ladies are killing it with their music right now and getting paid. Getting paid as in FULL TIME! One of these ladies is Bree Noble. Another musician who helps out other female musicians as well (I’m assuming she will help the fellas too if they ask for her help).
I love her story. After working in the corporate world for years, she started going after her real love which is singing. Although she had a pretty sweet job working at an Opera company (Still related to music), it wasn’t enough to support her true calling.
Anyways, if you are a musician who is past the making ‘good music’ stage and looking to monetize, get in touch with Bree (Male or Female).
How To Shoot A Good Music Video
My fellow inspiring musicians, one of the worst thing when it comes to making music is thinking about how will you pay for that amazing music video once your track is done.
A lot of us even give up on making music at this stage! Good news is these days, there are a lot of young hustlers who just like yourself want to get their name out there.
The only difference is their hustle is music video production. One of these cats is RoyalzProduction and in this video, he shares his music video shooting techniques (Before and after).
This guy is a rising star. Get him to shoot your videos while they are still affordable. Next time you catch yourself saying how the heck can I shoot a good music video for my track? Well now you know what to do. Good news is there are some other people on Youtube doing similar stuff so don’t give up.
Best Laptop For Music Production
One thing I don’t like to do is spread fluff. There is enough nonsense on the internet so my job is to get you connected with proper and real information.
If you are looking for a laptop to make music, then hands down the Apple MacBook Pro is it. Main reason is because it comes with 16g of RAM.
Ram is what it’s all about when it comes to making music on your computer. Memory and Ram is what it’s all about. Memory to store audio files and Ram to function to the fullest.
Seriously though, why RAM?
Well here is a little list of why I think you need RAM because I started making music on a 8gb Ram iMac. Killer computer but man when your music starts improving, you really need to step your RAM game up. Here are a few reasons why I need to upgrade. Maybe you can relate to these as well . . .
- I’m tired of my Logic Pro X freezing or slowing down for no reason.
- Although I use an audio interface, due to lack of RAM, sometimes both of my speakers aren’t powered up. Why am I blaming lack of RAM for this? Reason is this only happens when I used a lot of audio files in my track. In another words, when more RAM is required. This is a disaster when you are trying to mix a song.
- I’m tired of my Logic Pro X shutting down on me. This really sucks especially when you are in the zone.
So as a Mac person, I think the best laptop is the Apple MacBook Pro.
Is a Laptop better than a Desktop computer for making music?
This depends on how you like to do things. I have a studio (Aka iMac in my bedroom) but I also have a laptop. I love making beats while I’m flying or traveling. It makes me visualize how life would be once I do become a successful producer or DJ. Even if I don’t, I love producing music whenever I can. It’s FUN 🙂
So if you are not travelling, perhaps a Desktop computer might work for you. It all depends on your lifestyle.
I prefer both. However, the way I do things is I sometimes make a beat or a full on track on my laptop but I use my iMac Desktop Computer to mix (Since I have my studio monitors connected to it).
So at the end of the day, if you are looking for a Laptop and Logic Pro is your DAW, and Macbook Pro is it. Just make sure you get that 16 GB Ram with it.
Why a Mac, why not a PC Laptop?
Yeah you can use a PC. I started off with a PC (When FL Studio was known as Fruity Loops) as well but with a Mac, it hardly ever crashes. Unless you don’t have enough ram. Mac is just super streamlined, everything makes sense and honestly, it’s a long term purchase. I’m currently typing this on a Macbook Air and this is almost 5 years old. Runs like a charm! This little laptop has 4GB ram so I could never really finish a track properly but great for storing ideas or creating a “skeleton” of a track.
Another thing I want to quickly add is you are way better of with a 4gb Mac laptop than a PC with the same or similar stats. A Mac laptop is really that good 🙂
Music Producers Be Like
As music producers (Most artists really), a lot of us have fears. Fear that someone might not like our music, or hate on our music video or whatever.
Well what if there was a way of getting rid of these fears once and for all? Sorry to tell you that there isn’t . . .
You can’t get rid of fear. You just have to accept it and take action anyways. However, this little audio cd, once you regularly start listening to it, will totally help you out. It has played a great part in my journey to not only just make music fearlessly but do other related things as well.
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It’s called Holosync and it’s like meditating without climbing Mt. Everest with a Yogi.
I actually have it on my iPhone 4S (Yes I still use and iPhone 4s) and listen to it on the daily as .mp3 files (They provide your with CDs and MP3s).
It’s as easy as listening to a CD for 30 minutes to an hour a day.
<h3>What is Holosync?</h3>
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Essentially, it’s a high-tech meditation program, based on ‘binaural beats’ — audio tones that improve the brain functions (Music can solve anything eh!). BTW, it comes with a boo called ‘Thresholds Of The Mind’ by Bill Harris who is the Founder. The book alone is worth it’s weight in gold. So make sure you give it a read.
What these specially designed beats or sounds do is they activate different kind of brainwaves. Which literally uncovers all the ‘blocks’ you have in your mind. Blocks being fear, pain, and things of that nature. Stuff that you don’t like to talk about 😉
Maybe high school wasn’t such a happy place for you or something happened in your life that is consciously or unconsciously hurting you from truly reaching your full potential.
Bottom line, it will go deep and let me warn you, you might see and feel things you won’t like (First CD) but don’t worry. I was pretty angry for like two weeks of using this. However if you read the instructions, it will let you know that it’s part of the process.
Your past will be brought up in front of you so you can consciously decide how to deal with it. Running away from your problems isn’t going to solve it and this product will put you right up face to face with them. Yeah . . . It can get PRETTY intense. It’s safe though so don’t worry.
You won’t like what you see but don’t run away from it. The whole purpose of this package is to help you go to the next level. Sometimes you have to forgive and forget to move on. I know this is a site up about music production but it’s more about helping you reach your full music potential. This product really helped me out so that’s why I’m sharing it. Dealing with issues is a good thing, not bad.
This stuff is POWERFUL! Like no kidding.
<h3>Technology Behind Holosync</h3>
There’s real science behind this just look up ‘cortical oscillation and electroencephalography’ if you dare. Researchers have used EEGs to observe brain function when these sorts of aural (and binaural) stimulations are on. The stimulations are often combined with music or spoken word.
The inventor of Holosync is a guy named Bill Harris. He is Director of the Centerpointe Research Institute. Bill Harris has been selling Holosync since 1989. In fact, a company I use to work for like ages ago actually interviewed him about his product. He was already a multi millionaire by then. He was also featured in the original version of the hit movie ‘The Secret’. Yup! Do your research. Awesome guy!
Nowadays when you type in Holosync, you get a couple of sites saying it’s a scam bla bla but when you click on that site that is talking crap, it leads to another product of their own company lol
Some people will do or say anything to make some dollars. Low lives . . . don’t believe them. Like I said, I’ve tried this product my self and continue to use it like millions of others.
So the whole things comes with 2 CDs and a bunch of other information. All in all, it’s a great investment in yourself. Especially if you want to grow to your full potential.
<h3>How to use Holosync</h3>
It’s easy to use Holosync — just pop one of the CDs (Like I said, they do offer MP3s) in your CD player or queue up one of the downloads, put on your headphones, close your eyes and let the binaural beats do their magic.
It’s recommended that you do this every day for 14 days- it’s probably easiest if you just build it into your schedule for the same time daily.
Everything you need comes with The only thing you would need is headphones to listen to them. Get stereo headphones. That’s a necessity. Nothing fancy but decent headphones for sure.
Give Holosync a chance. But do your own research first.
I have been using this for over 6 years if anyone is interested. On and off though. I’m back on it again baby cause my whole life is in BEAST MODE! No stoned unturned, no excuses.
Get Your Music Reviewed By a Grammy Award Winning Producer
Holy crap! This is insane! Who knew you can get your music reviewed by a Grammy award winning producer (Dude won a grammy twice!).
His name is Imsomie Leeper and he won a grammy for making beats for (drum roll) . . . Jay Z!
So how can you get your track reviewed? Just find him on Fiverr.
This is an incredible opportunity to get a professional review.
Shotta Spence Is Killing It
There is a new rapper in town and he’s absolutely killing it.
He goes by the name Shotta Spence and like he says “I represent the dirty dirty jersey!”. One thing I must say about rap music is it is the most evolved genre there is since it was formed.
No other genre has gone through such transformation or has had this kind of incredible universal appeal.
Did you know that when rap started back in the day, people thought that it was just a fad? Planking was a fad lol Rap isn’t 😉
Spraying Champagne Gun
Calling all ballers!
If you like popping bottles and spraying champagne, boy do we have a gift for you.
Check out this Champagne spraying Machine Gun.
Just load a bottle of bubbly and make it rain on fans and loved ones.
A great way to celebrate any music wins.
A must for when your track goes Platinum! I know I’ll be using it 😉
You Don’t Need Gigs To Make Money
As music producers and DJS, we’ve been hearing this for ages. If you want to make money in today’s world with your music, you must do gigs or go on tour.
Well you might be pleasantly surprised with how new artists are doing it and straight up OWNING it! Welcome to the NEW music industry 🙂
Pop quiz!!! What do Adele and ZZ Top have in common? How about the Beastie Boys and The Red Hot Chili Peppers? Eminem and Metallica? Johnny Cash and Lady Gaga? How about Run DMC and Aerosmith? The latter pairing should immediately trigger memories of the rollicking version of “Walk This Way.” Produced by Rick Rubin. Just like every other artist above. Rick Rubin has the most amazing range of hit recordings under his belt of any producer, ever.
Rick Rubin has won 3 Grammy awards for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, and another 5 for albums or songs, including Country, Rap, Rock and Adele. Not bad from a kid from Long Beach, New York with hardly any formal musical training.
Rick has worked for Def Jam, American, Columbia, Warner Brothers, Epic and Blackened Recordings. He practically brought the slang word “def” into the american english dictionary.
Are you obsessive? go to wikipedia and look up “Albums produced by Rick Rubin”. 166 pages at time of writing. What an astounding range of acts! Dixie Chicks and Neil Diamond. Tom Petty and U2. System of a Down and Krush Groove. That’s right, Rick Rubin does movies too. Ok, so he plays himself or a slightly fictionalized version of himself. Still… the boy has almost a couple dozen film credits to his name.
With such a broad musical palette, can one talk about a “Rick Rubin sound”?. Good question. He’s not like Daniel Lanois or Jimmy Iovine, who each had a distinct sonic influence; but if you listen to much of his earlier work you get a sense of sparseness – skip the violins and hold the backing vocals. Later Rubin, however, tends toward the LOUD. Many of his later productions are compressed and even clipped. If you feel listener fatigue from listening to Californication or Death Magnetic, you can blame Rubin.
As you can guess by his vast output, many, many artists adore him and seek him out. There are, on the other hand, artists who shun him as an overpaid has-been. search for “Slipknot Rubin” to get a taste of the controversy. It’s hard to argue with success, though.
LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Jay Z – what a catalogue! He looks like an old hippie with a big grey beard, and he clearly doesn’t fit in any corporate mould. Yet he was co-president of Columbia Records for a while. In 2007 Sony hired him to save the record business, and they didn’t care what he wore to the office. Or even if he had an office. It may not have worked out great for Sony – during his tenure there he worked freelance for Warner group and sold maybe 5 million more records there than at Sony-Columbia.
Rick Rubin is reputed to have a deeply intuitive grasp of what makes a song work. Or not. He’s like a buddhist guru listening quietly and finally uttering a brief aphorism that sends the acolyte back to the drawing board. Think “Needs more cowbell”, but deeper.
Rick Rubin seems to be an environmentalist. There are reports he persuaded Columbia to ditch the formerly ubiquitous clear plastic CD jewel boxes and go to recyclable cardboard. He recognized as early as 2007 that subscriptions made more sense than individual sales (think Spotify).
Rick Rubin loved magic when he was a kid. he hung out with magicians and learned… Now he approaches his work with the mind of a magician – how do things work – what are the mechanics?
Rick Rubin is not afraid of controversy. He produced the Geto Boys, who recorded a song about murder, necrophilia and mutilation. Themes so disturbing that David Geffen – their distributor – tried to talk him out of releasing it. Instead of acquiescing, Rubin moved from Geffen to Warner.
Some acts stay with Rubin a long time – he Red Hot Chili Peppers, for instance, did a dozen albums with him, and Johnny Cash, who did 5 albums in ten years with Rubin towards the end of his life, including the haunting cover of “Hurt”, originally by Nine Inch Nails.
Rubin has been producing since the early 80’s. He’s still very much in the saddle – working with Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, working with Kendrick Lamar, Towkio and more.
Rubin grew up in a Jewish household, took communion with Johnny Cash, and has meditated since he was 14. He’s known for favouring white T-shirts and khaki pants. he prefers to go barefoot. Zen and Buddhism are recurring themes in his adult life. He became a father fairly late – a son born in 2016. He enjoys ‘pro wrestling’ and even financed a circuit in South Carolina for a while.
Where you work affects how you think. He lives and works in a gorgeous custom home near Point Dume in Malibu. Quiet, peaceful, sun-kissed and caressed by the surf of the Pacific Ocean. But he prefers to keep his work separate, so usually he goes to the famed Shangri-La recording studio (as seen in Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Waltz”.
Rick Rubin is not a big fan of Twitter. To date he’s posted exactly one tweet as @RickRubin, yet he has forty four thousand followers. and follows 125 accounts, including Yoko Ono and the NY Review of Books.
The New York Times interviewed Rubin in 2007, in LA, while he was producing Neil Diamond in a studio originally built by Sam Cooke. Their article ends with a strong quote: “That’s the magic of the business,” he said. “It’s all doom and gloom, but then you go to a Gossip show or hear Neil in the studio and you remember that too many people make and love music for it to ever die. It will never be over. The music will outlast us all.”
Hublot Shawn Carter Jay Z Watch
Once you start making music and having some success, it’s time to up your wrist game.
Hublot (Yeah you’ve heard of Rolex and Cartier but Hublot is right up there), joined hands with Shawn Carter aka Jay Z and releases some awesome models.
If you don’t know know Jay Z’s watch collection is second to none.
When you make it in the music game, you get your swag game on point too aaaaaaaaight!
Talk to me baby it’s yo boy-yoooooo! . . . Sorry bout dat 🙂
72 Tips Every Music Producer Wish They Knew Before They Started
If you are starting out with music production, this is something you should definitely read. I consider my self somewhat of an intermediate and even I wish I read this earlier.
A few points definitely resonated with me like “Don’t compare yourself to professional artists, especially when you are just starting out”. Yeah that’s a big one or use to be a big one for me. Especially when you are using reference tracks lol
When you compare yourself to others, you are dissing your own journey. Easier said then done but try to not compare things in general. Just take it for what it is, do your best and have fun on the way.
Trust me, it took me a while to get over it (Well I almost got over it).
Claudine Longet | Nothing To Lose
I saw this lady in a movie called ‘The Party’. It was a like a comedy movie about some Indian guy who ends up in some classy party. My today’s standard, I think it might be considered offensive (Since the Indian guy is played but some white dude) but I really enjoyed it.
It was in this movie that I found Claudine Longet. She has an incredible voice and her songs (Especially lyrics) are always very emotional and haunting.
Claudine Longet Today
It’s hard to find out what she’s up to. She’s definitely up there in age but she’s also a very private person. Regardless, we know her for her amazing voice.
WARNING: Don’t listen to her when you are depressed. I can’t listen to her because her lyrics sting (Cuz they are so damn true).
Another great singer that ought to be remembered 🙂