So, there you have the basic music production process.
Remember, nothing is set in stone here! Your actual process will
probably look like some chaotic mutant-child of the above process. Some
producers, for example will mix as they go along and not have much of a
dedicated separate mix-down session because they feel this is important
to keep the vibe going. Hey, if it works, keep it!
The point of a structured production process or workflow is to help
you finish tracks so as long as you accomplish this you're on the right
This is the music production process used by many electronic music producers:
- Create a 8, 16 or 32 bar loop. This loop should be the climax of your
track, usually the last chorus. It needs to be full and banging.
- Take the loop you've created and copy it over once.
- Remove elements from the copy of the loop. You could for example remove some of your synth parts like the melody.
- Then, add new elements to the copied loop to make it different from the first loop.
- Now, repeat steps 2 to 4 to create a third version of the loop that's different from the first two.
- Use the 3 loops you have to create your full track arrangement. You
can use other popular tracks as references for your arrangement.
- Do your final edits. Listen to each track and remove unwanted artifacts
such as clicks and pops. Remove anything that annoys you and add
elements which seem missing.
- Mix your track: Balance your levels. Check your panning. Check your mono compatibility. Apply your final automation and FX.
- Reference your track on as many different speakers and systems as you
can and take notes. If the track is meant for Clubs then it pays to
reference it on a big rig before your final mix.
- Make your final tweaks to the mix if needed and bounce it down.
You are ready to send your track for mastering once you've completed step 10.
will now give you a little secret to how you can create momentum to get
through the music production process and complete your tracks...
will experience a burst of energy when you're inspired with a new
musical idea (stage 1) for a track. You should use this energy to drive
you through the work you have to do while recording, tracking and
editing (stages 2 and 3).
You will then be ready to mix (stage 4)
which means completion is in sight. This creates a new burst of energy
which drives you towards the completion of your track.
trick is to know when to stop and avoid the dreaded overkill. You want
to be clear in your mind about the result you aim for so you know when
the track is completed. This makes the music making process so much easier.
I hope this post helped to clarify the
basic music production process for you! Remember to download the 25-step checklist and access the step-by-step video walk-through of the checklist here.