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What is music production

What Is Music Production

As I mentioned before, music production has little to do with playing an instrument or writing a song. Music production, simply put, is the art of making all those different instruments sound good, without fighting for space. So where do we start? Since this book is meant for complete beginners I will presume that you‟ve never recorded anything and you don‟t know how to go about it at all. I‟ll start by explaining some of the terminology accepted by music industry world over.

Mix: to mix a song means to adjust levels of individual instruments

Rough mix: Basic mix of the song so that the band can hear how it will all sound together. Rough mixes are not „polished‟ - e.g. the guitars might be too loud or maybe the singer had a bad day and there are some parts that need re-doing.

Sequencer or DAW: A software program you will need to record the instruments or Digital Audio Workstation

AD/DA Converter: Stands for Analog to Digital / Digital to Analog Converter. External audio unit that converts your acoustic signal to digital so that it can be captured by your chosen sequencer.

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What is music production

Arming the track: To enable the track to record

Reverb or Verb: This is an effect that creates a sense of acoustics. We usually put it on vocals and lead guitars. To be used lightly!!! Can‟t stress this enough!

Delay: Another effect that we use to enrich vocals or any other lead instruments. It‟s essentially an echo effect – a delayed signal of the original source.

FX: Short for „effects‟

Cutting tracks: Also cutting vocals or cutting guitars means to record guitars, to put them down on a track. Cutting tracks can also mean to do the final mix of the track.

Compressor: This is a tool we use to even out the volume differences e.g. if a singer keeps moving away from the microphone, there will be fluctuations in the signal - we don‟t want that, so we use a compressor that eliminates this problem, if used correctly.

Limiter: It‟s like a super-compressor. It should only be set at the very top of audio signal to prevent bigger audio “peaks” (or spikes) from ruining the mix

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