How to make your next song sound INCREDIBLE even if you lack confidence

How to make your next song sound INCREDIBLE even if you lack confidence

October 15, 2019 4 By Kailee Schamberger


– In this video, I’ll show you how to
make your next song sound incredible even if you
aren’t sure about your music, lack confidence with your production, and have never gotten
great feedback online. Keep watching because in this video, I’ll tell you exactly what’s most important about the music making process, especially if you’re just getting started. Hey there, my name is Joey Sturgis, and I’m here to teach you
about audio production and help you unleash you
creativity in the studio. If you’re anything like me, you totally love creating music and maybe you’ve just started getting into manipulating audio. So if that’s you, you’re
in the right place because we’re gonna build up our audio knowledge together and have the sickest sounding recordings on planet Earth. Let’s jump into it. The first step starts
with the music itself. As much as I’d love to
tell you that you can write whatever you want and
make it sound incredible, it’s just not the reality. You’ve gotta get your
arrangement in a good place before you can approach
the sound of the music. Things like making sure
chords don’t clash, getting your harmonies to fit just right, making sure instruments aren’t playing competing melodies at the same time, staying out of the way of the vocals and all of these factor into how well the arrangement can be performed, and thus how good it will sound. It’s important because when your arrangement is well designed, the rest of the production
will fall into place. It’ll be easier to EQ tracks because they’re not fighting for
the same frequency place. It’ll be easier to balance
volume levels because you won’t have multiple
instruments competing for volume. Once you’ve gotten good at arranging, this means you can easily mix your music even if you’re not that great at mixing. Start with the arrangement
before tackling anything else. Take a good, hard look
at what you’re playing in your music before you think
about how you present it. The next step you gotta take is to get your basic recording down. This is where you wanna have a little bit of education to help steer
you in the right place and get your source
tracks captured properly. At the end of this video I’ll show you a great
resource where you can learn these basics and get
it right the first time. Now, it’s really important to do this step correctly because it can’t be fixed later. I remember when Amir was in the studio with me and the guitar player, Jessie, was learning how to record and mix. When I was checking out his source tracks, there were times where there were pops or clicks or even a hum
or a buzz that prevented the audio from being usable
in a final production. The good news here is that if you can just master the basics for capturing your source audio during your demo phase, you might even end up with something that captures a certain magic, and the producer could end up wanting to use that in the final mix. In most cases, this will earn you a production credit and you’ll be well on your way to having a start in audio production as a side hustle. Okay, now we’ve got our basic track down, and we’re ready to start
thinking about mixing. So the third step here is to
use some fundamental mixing techniques to enhance the
way that our demo sounds. I recommend just sticking to the basics and that’s EQ and compression. With these two things, you’re gonna get 80% of the way
there to having a solid mix. The reason I say stick to the basics is because if you try and
take your demo too far, you’re gonna go down a rabbit hole that sometimes has a point of no return. When you create a demo where you try to get a final or finished sound, you’ll start to get what we
in the business call demoitis. Demoitis is where you’re
obsessed with your demo and whenever you hear something else, you just don’t like the changes. This means it’ll be harder for a producer to give you his expert input because you’re too attached to your demo. This is the opposite of what you want. Get the music as close to as
solid as possible and move on. Let the producer have some
room to add his two cents. The final step is coming to terms with where you are at within your ability. Lacking confidence in your musical ability and production quality is totally normal. You don’t need to grow skin of steel to feel confident about your music. Music production is a long journey. You will always be somewhere
aiming for a higher level. You’ll never stop learning, growing and reaching for
that next big achievement. Just get comfortable with the process. And be excited that it’s easier now than ever before to share your
music with the world. You’ll be surprised at how this attitude can actually change the way
you feel about your music and actually give you a lot of clarity on what to improve and how to improve it. Anyway, this is what I think, but there’s always
something more interesting and that is what you think. So let me know your thought
in the comments below. Thumbs up if you liked this video. Subscribe and follow to see more. So you wanna learn more about
my audio production process? You’re in luck because I’ve
teamed up with CreativeLive to give you my exact
methods for audio production step by step in what we
call the Studio Pass. This class is packed with everything you need to craft audio
productions just like mine. Click the link on this
video to enroll now. I will be compensated
when you make a purchase. I’m also gonna make a special offer. If you purchase the class, send me a receipt to
[email protected] and you’ll get a free JST
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class with CreativeLive. Thanks for watching the video. Now, if you come back tomorrow, I’m gonna answer the question, what if Joey’s mixing
tips don’t work for me? See you then, happy mixing.