The Basics Of Music Production: The Complete Guide

Over the last month we've learned all about the basics of music production, posting new lessons on a weekly basis. With the lessons finished, now you can get the complete guide and find out how you can learn more.

Lesson 1: Setting Up Your Home Studio

In our first lesson, we take a look at the equipment you'll need to set up a home studio.

Lesson 2: Recording Audio

After setting up your home studio, you need to know how to use it! This lesson will start you off on the basics of recording and using your DAW software.

Lesson 3: Using Virtual Instruments

You can create awesome tracks with recorded instruments, but you can do so much more with virtual ones. Adding them into your music allows you access to all sorts of sounds you otherwise wouldn't have, from blips and beeps to an entire orchestra.

Lesson 4: Mixing

The most difficult part of making your music sound good is achieving the ideal mix. This lesson discusses the basics so you can get started on the right foot.

Further Resources

These lessons serve as a basic introduction to music production, not a complete course. You'll need to learn more through practice, and additional resources can help as well. Here are a few we recommend:

  • Lynda.com: Lynda offers plenty of in-depth lessons on all kinds of software. If you're looking to learn more about Cubase or any other DAW, they'll likely have you covered. While it costs a minimum of $US25 per month, that's a low price to pay if you're only going to subscribe for a month or two. I've learned a lot through Lynda and consider it one of the best video lesson sites online.
  • Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio: Regardless of the software you use, the most important skill you can acquire is the ability to mix. This book will help you learn a solid mixing skill set.
  • Gearslutz: When you have a question during the learning process, this message board is the place to go. Even if you don't have a question, you can learn a lot from reading what others have asked in the past.

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