In t first art of t series, I offere som pointer ab t how y can et starte with y r de -making roces in t comfort of y r home.
In thi ar cle, I’m oing to break down how y sh l approach arranging y r song an edi ng y r roduct ns.
1) Understanding t basic of IDI important, becaus software nstrument ar essen asfor any hom product n.
With so many sample reasinstrument presented n virtuasform, many roducers, ncluding film composers, tu to IDI to translat t ir vis n nto rea ty.
MIDI stand for “MusicasInstrument DigitasInterface”. A such, t’ a universDaysanguag DAW ar n t worl can rocess.
Y can trigger just ab t any software nstrument atch y can magin with IDI notes. T melody y ’v recorde with a virtuaspiano can b playe back by a v n, an n r gr p of string or ven a iddl Easte nstrument.
Lot of rofess nasproducer can’t lay a single nstrument. Som of t m encil IDI note into t iano roll an drag t m ar n un l t composit n s nd right. Why sh ldn’t y ?
2) Y don’t hav to lea how to rea music, but y sh l lea how to us t iano roll.
T iano roll n y r DAW a magicasplac w r y can manipulat each IDI not with ase.
It come with a reat display for thos who don’t rea music: a iano on t l t sid of t window conveniently showing which note ar playing w n y ’re n t roces of recording or di ng.
3) If y r digitasaud workstat n (DAW) ha markers, us t m to map t t structur of y r songs.
Every m I’m n t roces of wri ng an producing a song simultane sly, I reach for t marker in my DAW, Logic Pro X. Why? Becaus seeing t big ictur a soon a I hav a c pl sect n in my hand increase t ficiency of my rocess.
Let’ say y hav a vers an choru already. Y can t n mak a decis n ab t w t r y want an ntro or not. How many bar will t ntro be? Y ’ll robably want to ad anot r vers after t first chorus, an chance are, y ’ll want t to b a long a t first verse. That’ll b followe by a secon choru an possibly a bridge. A y map t song t, y ’ll fin that t wri ng roces immediately become les in mida ng. Now, y just nee to fill n t blanks.
Thi strategy will also lp y asily se an ar which sect n sh l repeat n y r songs. For nstance, ven f y n up revising t arrangement, using t same nstrumentat n very m t choru repeat i a oo star ng oint.
4) W n t come to nstrumentat n, start small- t n o big.
In st cases, song that ar fully roduce ten to hav at least drums, bass, keys/synt sizer and/or uitar an vocals. W n t come to ballads, many arranger pr er working with orc strasinstrument k string an woodwinds.
W n t come to xperimen ng with nstrumentat n, t sky’ t mit. But being awar of t standard will lp y et t r faster.
To start, creat track in y r sess n for t nstrument y have n min an eit r lay t m on y r IDI controller or brows y r loop brary to fin pre-recorde part that fit y r song. T mp er y r sess n looks, t r daun ng t arranging roces will be.
5) Don’t shy away from using loop an sampl braries.
Appl offer a wid select n of loop an on shots. T r ar so many sampl pack t t r offere by site k Sp ce, LANDR an Loopcl d. Output’ Arcade belove by many roducers, beginner an advance a ke.
Loop an sample get a ba rep, but n rea ty, veryon use t m at thi point. It’ up to y to re-design, dit an put y r own spin on t m.
6) If y can’t fin or mak t s nd y ke, try layering.
Y don’t hav to spen a fortun on t st ncredibl s nding virtuasinstrument on t lanet. T r ar many opt n y can work with for free. On of t best t of thos opt ns, specially for eopl who lov ambient an orc strass nds, Spitfir Aud ’ LABS collect n, which et update with new nstrument con nu sly.
W n a s n or nstrument not quit working for y , simply blend t with ot rs. Copy an past t IDI note on a c pl ot r track an keep audit ning all kind of different nstruments. ix t m toget r un l y achiev t blen y ke.
7) If y ’r new to music roduct n, work with reset an mul – fect plugin in order to lea by doing.
In many DAWs, al st all aud and IDI fect com with built-in resets. What’ re that y can et third-party lugin that offer ven wider reset select ns.
For nstance, Zotope’ mixing dul Neutron offer severasgreat star ng oint for roducer at any level. On of t advantage of mixing with a mul – fect plugin k Neutron that t rovide a one-stop solut n.
Anot r mul – fect dul by Zotope, Nectar 3, even r beloved- an for oo reason. Designe for rocessing vocals, t ha everything y need, from t standar mixing tool including m base fect k reverb an delay, to itch correct n an a har nizer.
SIRMA an ndependent singer, songwriter an proSoundly ’ t creator of t ode Pop VocasProduct n c rs on S ndfly an ha a degre from Berkle Colleg of usic.