- Always export your finished mix in WAV which is of higher quality than MP3.
- Open an empty project in your FL Studio and import your Wav file here.
- Add an EQ to cut the lows. 20Kz is the threshold of human hearing so cutting around here would be sensible, it would remove any of the rumbles from your tracks.
- Add a Compressor. This is to improve the dynamics of the whole track. You want to keep the track as natural sounding as you can so stay away from a long attack and release times and low ratios. Experiment with the settings of the FL Studio’s compressor because every track will be different. Try with -20db threshold, ratio 2:1, Attack 50ms, Release 100ms, Gain 3db.
- Add a multiband compressor. A multiband compressor is exactly like a compressor but you can apply the compressor to specific frequency ranges. Again, every track is different so you want to test it out.
- Now add an EQ to boost certain frequencies. Now I would boost the high-end frequencies around 10-15kHz, but try it out on your mix and see what sounds the best. We use an EQ to add a bit of brightness to the whole mix.
- Finally, we add a limiter, this is for maximizing the volume of the track without causing distortion. The settings of your limiter rely on your mix up to now.
- The last step, once you are happy how your track sounds, export the track to Wav (just as you saw at Step 1).
1. Analyze your favorite artist’s tracks
Listen to how the track is mixed, what elements are used in the track, and how it is arranged. This will help you understand how a professional track is built.
2. Produce everyday
Producing every day will give you the greatest opportunity to succeed in this hyper-competitive industry. Most professionals are taking time each day to make music and you should too.
3. Learn sound design
A great place to start learning sound design is by learning the fundamentals of synthesis and learning about the various audio effects and how they can be applied to sounds. Experimentation is key with sound design so get creative.
4. Back up your work
If your computer unexpectedly crashes or your laptop gets lost or stolen, you are never going to get your projects back unless they are backed up.
5. Be patient
Trust that with time, hard work, and patience you can achieve your music production goals.
6. Focus on one skill at a time
Mixing, mastering, arranging, and sound design are all different parts of the production process. Beginning music producers are often overwhelmed by the amount of work and knowledge that goes into becoming proficient in each of these processes. In the early stages of your music production journey, it is best to pick one of these particular skills and learn just this one skill.
7. Keep your projects organized
Without this organization, it can be easy to get lost in your project. This will inevitably slow down your workflow and slow down your growth as a producer. Every time you create a new track in your DAW, label it appropriately, color code it, and put it in a group of similar instruments.
8. Produce quickly
Focus on completing the track, and don’t focus on the smaller details. In the beginning stages, there is so much you don’t know, and going down a rabbit hole of learning what a compressor is, what the threshold is, and how you can apply it to your tracks, can take hours of studying and produce almost no results. There will be a time and place to learn all of these technical details but now is not the time.
9. Fancy software isn’t going to make you a better producer
Beginning producers often think that if they have the newest plugin on the market that they would become professionals. This could not be further from the truth.
10. Get feedback on your music
Getting feedback from other producers is one of the best ways for you to learn as a music producer. The key is to get feedback from producers whose opinions you trust and that are more experienced than you. This will ensure that you are getting feedback that will help improve your track and help guide you in the right direction.
■ They have no other choice.
■ They’re willing to work hard and educate themselves.
■ They don’t mind living modestly.
■ They have a patient, persistent attitude.
■ They’re willing to (and enjoy) working on their craft every day.
■ They’re creative at generating income.
■Motivation, determination and perseverance.
■Confidence in performing before an audience.
■Stamina and dedication to continue practising every day.
■Reliability and flexibility as you’ll need to work long and irregular hours.
■The ability to work well as part of a team.
■Self-discipline and good time management.