Want to be a top music producer making your own royalty free music? Want to create royalty free music for documentary purposes, or web sounds and sound effects on a video or multimedia project? Want to showcase your talent by making your own downloadable sounds for others to appreciate? For whichever purpose you intend, you can be a top music producer in three simple steps.
Step 1: Hone the musician in you.
Start by honing your ears. Listen to tons of music, play your instruments and expand your knowledge in music. Once you get the hang of it, start recording your sounds and mixing music with the use of portable recording tools. Spend time experhymenting and playing around with a variety of music and sounds.
Step 2: Set-up your own home studio.
As a producer, you need to equip yourself with tools you need to record and make your music. You will need to invest in some hardware and download a few software.
For your hardware needs, start with a midi keyboard. Today, keyboards are conveniently equipped with a workstation with built-in sequencer featuring a varied range of sounds and instruments. You will also need a computer or a laptop with specifications that meet your software requirements. You will also need two professional monitors; look into Yamaha and Genelec brands, as they are most popular for music production. Also, make sure you invest in a pair of good headphones, like that from AKG or Sennheiser.
You will need a sequencer software such as Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic Pro, and FL Studio, among many others. Although released by various software companies, they generally work the same. You can check out online reviews to help you choose the right software for your needs. Once you have a software in place, check out sound libraries such as Xylote.com. They showcase downloadable music, sounds, royalty free music loops (Apple loops, Acid loops, and so on), and music clips of all genre and lengths that you can use to make your own music. Make sure you take advantage of free samples and sample packs (such as sample packs for FL studio, etc.) featured in the website. Note the importance of sound libraries – they are the best kept secret of mostly all top chart producer! Ideally, you should choose sound libraries that feature the best sample packs that suit your needs.
Step 3: Keep yourself educated and updated.
Now that you have all the tools necessary to produce your own music, your next task is to keep yourself educated about music production. Read books, articles, and tutorials; network with DJ’s and other music professionals; check out social network sites and page related to music production. Make sure that you are updated with the goings on in the music industry, and in the tools you use. Check out updates in your most prized sound library (such as Xylote.com), and in your software of choice.
Simply follow these three steps, and you are on your way to being your own top music producer.