Six Tips For Better Productions In Your Home Studio

Anyone could say that in a home studio, you can’t get a professional-quality sound. This is a huge lie. However, there are certain key pieces that one must follow if one really wants to achieve an outstanding sound. That’s why in this article I will give you six tips for better productions that I want you to apply from today … And here they go.

  1. Start by having good songs

Uff… How pleasant it is to listen to a good song. And even better, when production complements it 100% to make it even better.

But what if it is NOT a good song?

So even if you pay a million-dollar production at Abbey Road Studios, it won’t be a pleasant song to listen to. Why? Because, simply, the composition is NOT good.

One of the producer’s jobs is, to be honest, and really evaluate when a song has potential or not. It is better, to be honest with the artist and, if your song is not so good, look for an alternative.

  1. Pre-production is a key part

Well, they say … If you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail. Planning within production is simply EVERYTHING.

It is very important that, before starting the recording, you have a clear idea about what is going to be done in the song. Some of these things are:

  • What style will be given to the song?
  • What instrumentation is going to be used?
  • What musicians will participate?
  • What arrangements or direction will be given to the song?
  1. Everything starts from the source

This is something I repeat, and I never tire of repeating, since it is most important in a production. From the beginning, we have a quality recording, the entire production, mixing, and mastering process will be much better.

NEVER, but NEVER leave something recorded that you did not like and much less think, “I’ll fix it later in the mix” because these kinds of things are the ones that are dirtying the song little by little.

  1. Think about your future arrangements

Part of pre-production is thinking about the arrangements, but I want to go a little deeper. One of the most common mistakes is that people finish recording all the essential parts, and THEN they start thinking about what arrangements the song will have.

This is a tremendous mistake because it greatly limits our creative potential.

Why? Because many times the arrangements have to go hand in hand with the recording of the instruments themselves, through pauses, the way of playing the instrument, natural intensities, etc. The arrangements are thought from BEFORE recording, not until the end of the recording. That you stay well recorded, and I assure you that your creativity will flow.

That the instruments and sections ADAPT to your arrangements and not vice versa, this will make your production much more creative.

  1. Use references

Sometimes, when we start, we have the false idea that we must be 100% original in everything we do in production, and especially in the mix. However, if I have learned something, it is that to be original, you have to have references.

Yes, this is how you read it.

Before you start producing or mixing a song, it is very important that you have a couple of references on how you want your song to sound at the end. As for the production, they can be referenced on the types of arrangements, types of structures, forms of interpretation, etc.

As for the mixture, it can be the balance, the effects used, the types of compression, etc. If you use references, your project will be much more creative and original.

  1. The mastering: a double-edged sword

GOOD mastering can make a mixture explode and sound amazing. But…A mastering EVIL can ruin even a very good mix.

How to be careful with this? Easy: Being HONEST with ourselves. I am not against the same mixing engineer doing the mastering of the song … (In fact in this article I talk about this ).

However, if you do not have the ability to do a quality mastering, then I strongly recommend mastering with someone else. (Obviously, someone who does it well, not just for doing it)

Keep in mind that you can’t spoil your job just for the selfishness of wanting to do it all yourself.

 

How to Get a Good Mix?

Music Mixing – A Beginner’s Guide

How to Get a Good Mix?

It is simple to get a good mix going if you know what you want to accomplish. Going from an action to another may quickly make a chaotic mixing situation. You could start doing levels, switch to panning, and think of other distortion tips you like to try.

Below are the things that will help you get close a perfect mix:

 Mix Volume

You cannot have your tracks all over the place. You cannot have them at the same volume as well. Balancing your track’s volume is a fundamental starting point for each mix. A clear balance is half the work, particularly if you have good sounding tracks. You also have to keep every element in the mix at a balanced and steady level without any changes on an abnormal level in the place. Pushing the fader and getting the balanced mix is the first order of the business after you have edited and recorded your tracks. Although compression and EQ are essential, these don’t help if your balance is bad. That is the reason why you should spend more time getting the exact level of the track right.

Rebalancing of Mix Elements

Balancing the faders is not a one-and-done thing you do in the start of a mix. Rebalancing as you add EQ, compression, aux effects and sends is important to keep the balance you had before. All processors subtract or add gain to your signals so you must take into consideration as you are adding your plugins to the mix.

Panning

You have to take note that stereo is essential. You do not want all your tracks fighting for the center. For example, panning out drum-kit is a crucial way to establish and expand the stereo spectrum. If you have various instruments and elements, you have to look for a place for them in the stereo spectrum. You should also pan everything around until you have found a great balance. Remember that you do not want to tip the balance of the instruments too much to the left or right either. But rather, try finding a good balance and equilibrium between the right and left speaker.

EQ

It’s your first tool for mixing after panning and leveling. Equalization is an exceptionally helpful too for improving the sonic colors of the instruments. Cutting out the unwanted frequencies and improving the fundamental characteristics of the instruments is what EQ is about. Enhance by boosting and repair by cutting.

Compression

It is what makes your mix breathe. It may also squash your mix and choke out its naturalness. Depending on the instrument, genre, and some considerations, the approach to compression may differ. Generally, not only for vocals, yet for any tracks, if you like to use compression in a subtle way that does not squash your song.

Depth

Just like people put instruments from left to right through panning, you have to position the elements from the front to the back. Through using effects, chorus and delay can make depth in a mix. You cannot distinguish space in your mix if every element is dry and in your face.