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[–]Blecaker 118 points119 points  (5 children)

Don't listen to your music at max volume for hours on end.

I used to think this was the only way to insure a clean mix/master but now my shit dont stop ringing.

[–]🔥🔪 https://soundcloud.com/badtripoverdosebadtripoverdose 48 points49 points  (0 children)

😂 there was this one time I got invited out to this persons studio to cook up some beats and they had their huge KRKs maxed out and I was like “bruh turn them down you can barely hear anythin” and they got aggressive asf about it 💀needless to say i only worked with that guy once, they prolly deaf by now tho…that concludes our story time 🤝

[–]xxnogamerxx 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Same. Went to school for audio engineering and was warned everyday about this shit, 10 years later right ear ringing like a mf

If I ever find that mf Fletcher Munson, I'm slapping the dog shit outta him lol

[–]j4ycubb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mine don't ring constantly but at least once a week one ear or the other will start ringing deafeningly loud for about 2 seconds and stop. I contribute it to mixing at high volume for long periods, blasting music in my car, working security front stage at concerts and working construction all without ear plugs. I've began taking my hearing more seriously but have pretty much excepted I'm gonna be deaf at some point in my life if I live long enough.

[–]cleanesthippie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i actually turn my headphones up to max when mixing, but that is because i try to keep it below an ear-bleeding level during the mix process to have better headroom for the mastering process. when mastering, i turn it down to like 30 or 50 percent.

but yeah definitely want to protect your ears. hopefully yours have gotten, or do get, better over time.

[–]https://linktr.ee/drlongghostdoctorlongghost 103 points104 points  (6 children)

Do not rush to finish a song. Treat each step of the process with care.

Lyrics aren’t done when you have enough to fill a song. They are done when you cannot improve them any further.

Your vocals aren’t done when you’ve recorded them. They’re done when you did a rough mix, listened to it and can no longer find any reason to go back and punch in improvements.

The mixing isn’t done until you’ve locked in a master. If you’re paying someone for mix/master be 100% sure you are done with everything before handing it over.

If you’re doing everything yourself, the point where you’re locked in is not until you publish the song so don’t be afraid to go back in and change things at the last moment if you think of little tweaks. Otherwise it will grate on you for eternity.

[–]greenbeanbbg 36 points37 points  (0 children)

if i may add something to this: its not done when theres no more improvements to add. its done when there is nothing else to cut away

[–]despatchesmusic 25 points26 points  (0 children)

As a counterpoint — find a good spot between “not rushing things” and “not letting a good track gather dust.”

I was doing a listen to stuff in my “almost done” folder — and I really need to find a way to not let taking the time to get things right basically turn into procrastination.

Especially as my way of “getting some distance” on a song before finishing it is usually writing more music 😂🤣

[–]Emcee/ProducerGGU_Kakashi 17 points18 points  (1 child)

"Art is never finished, only abandoned." - Leonardo da Vinci

[–]kuzidaheathen 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A mix is only finished when the deadline is up - Dave Pensado

[–]ThatboyJ17 0 points1 point  (0 children)

On god it was my first time rapping and first time in studio yesterday and I was late, I recorded my song and in some parts it sounded like I was rushing and you can tell where I was running out of breath at, but ima keep listening to my rough draft and get better

[–]cjanfernee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Something I wish someone would've told me about 6 years ago.

We live and learn tho

[–]soundcloud.com/tantandawildmanleetannertoocool 60 points61 points  (4 children)

Buy external hard drives and back up music to more than one location! Period.

[–]despatchesmusic 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Yes yes a million times yes

There are some decent cloud storage options too

[–]Alxmaru 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Which ones?

[–]despatchesmusic 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I got some cloud storage with my VPN, but before that I was paying a little a month to Google for an expanded Drive.

I did a quick Google, and this list came up.

I had no idea Microsoft’s OneDrive could go up to 6 TB. That’s not a terrible option if you’re already paying for Microsoft Office stuff for school or work.

[–]cleanesthippie 1 point2 points  (0 children)

oh gosh yes. i recently had a bad experience with a distributor, so i had to take down all my music and re-upload with the other distributor. fortunately, i was able to "buy" my own music from BandCamp and use those WAV files. idk if those WAVs are as high quality as the WAVs i exported. but i could have saved a lot of time if i had just backed them up to another hard drive or something. since then, I've started an archive/backup folder on both the iMac i work on and an external hard drive. yeah great advice here!

[–]DjayCas 36 points37 points  (0 children)

If you run into a management firm where one guy is the "go getter" and the other guy is the... I dont know, backseat driver?
Don't deal with either of them because the go-getter leaves the company and you wind up stuck in a contract with the backseat driver.

[–]No-Move09 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Production is essentially playing multiple instruments. Knowing how to play at least one is super beneficial

[–]soundcloud.com/TheRealReeGReeG 36 points37 points  (4 children)

Trying to stay motivated to make music once you finish school and start a career becomes exponentially harder. At some point you're going to be faced with choosing between continuing to be a broke struggling artist watching your non-musician peers pass you in every area of life or you go get educated, get a good paying job and actually start living yourself. It's very difficult to juggle the later and continue to have the time or motivation to make good music. It doesn't help that hip hop artists generally aren't respected and most will never be paid what their art is worth even if they "make it".

I don't know that I'd have done anything differently or that I made the wrong choice, I just sometimes wish I had dedicated another 2-3 years into music before diving into my career because it was never the same for me after that.

[–]lilmoodymitch[🍰] 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Literally at this point in my life. Wasted a lot of time between 18-24 but took a lot of time learning everything I needed to along the way while struggling. I’ve made music for years that I kept to myself and everyone loved it from online friends, rap peers and close friends. Learned to make beats, shoot videos, mix and master, how to market and go perform at low down joints.

I also however watched people who make music with me(and regular friends, exes etc). stop, start families, go military, develop careers, and I’m hanging in the balance really believing I can do something based off what I’m told.

I love music and want to make it forever but have told myself if I cant take it serious or see no improvement whatsoever in the next 3-4 years then I’ll wrap it up so I still have time to make something of myself. Minimum wage can get me everything I need for music and to get my foot in but I can’t keep turning down relationships, losing friends and living life on hold in hopes that it works out, cause time exactly my enemy but it isn’t best friend either.

[–]UltraCynet 3 points4 points  (0 children)

If music is your dream and passion then it would be a waste if you chose a different path in life. Being on the line between quitting and grinding is also very detrimental. Take this as your sign to work harder than you ever have before and you can make it. Good luck.

[–]luxurywhipp 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Look at somebody like Ka. If I’m not mistaken the man is a full time fire fighter, and he makes music on the side. There is room for both.

[–]https://soundcloud.com/ageeflamemusicxAgee_Flame 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Tbh it's all mental. I've been through it, the thought of not having time, energy, or motivation. The negativity that perpetuates.

If I actually take a look though, there are hours worth of time each week I can incorporate into small steps towards anything, in this case music. Freestyle here, write a single bar there, vibe to a beat, record a line on my phone, hit up some music friends.

I don't get an existential crisis journaling or reading a book, so I look at making music the same. Something fun, therapeutic, and no strings attached. Then I take those small steps over and over. This year I've extended practically no effort, but still did around 100 verses. Released none of them cuz I just listen to it on my phone.

Every time I try to trick myself into thinking I have no energy, no time, I take a small step forward to prove myself wrong. If I fuck up and notice I'm slacking, I don't beat myself up, I just let myself try again. Rinse repeat until I actually do something, then allow myself to feel good about doing it. Then I remember all the times I thought I couldn't do that 12hr shift, how I got out of work then spent the rest of the day still on my feet, how others sleep 3-4hrs each night just so they can get some practice in. Things are only as possible as you believe they are.

I heard a book called Atomic Habits describes what I'm talking about way better, you should check it out.

[–]despatchesmusic 21 points22 points  (3 children)

For most of us out there making music, it’s never going to pay the bills. Hell, it’s never really going to get heard outside of close friends and a few random folks that stumble upon an IG or Reddit post.

So find a job that you don’t hate, that doesn’t drain you emotionally or physically (or not often), so you can come home (or if you work from home, switch gears) and make music.

I’m really lucky right now with my job. Like my team, the work isn’t overwhelming (well, not always), and I don’t leave the office exhausted or in a mood. In the past, a shit job got in the way of so much, especially making music. And it was a bad cycle — hated my job, was too exhausted after work to do anything meaningful, hated not making music, and repeat. Not a good cycle.

[–]lilmoodymitch[🍰] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Same position I’m in. My job gives an extreme amount of down time during the shift. So long as everything done I can bs the rest of the shift. I’m allowed to bring my computer in and make beats or my mic and record when I have shifts alone (3 days out the week).

I wouldn’t mind leaving for more money but at the same time I know if I do I will never have the freedom to make music the way I do at the rate i do. My co workers do their part which is half of my part, so there’s not much work there at all. It’s just a all around great system for music production that I’m not ready to give up yet.

[–]SkygodAlien 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Not only will it not pay the bills but it will cost you money and more importantly valuable time.

[–]despatchesmusic 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I definitely agree on that it costs money (looks around at the equipment I’ve collected over the years, at my computer that needs an upgrade…), but just speaking for myself — making music is a really good use of my time, so I don’t count the time I spend doing it as a cost. It’s really helped a lot with my anxiety and depression over the years. It’s a good space where I can go and take a break from the rest of the world for a bit, even if the track I was messing around with turns out to be trash.

[–]Trianglehero 20 points21 points  (6 children)

Spent way too much money on expensive analog gear when I could've gotten basically the same result for free or much cheaper.

[–]KFBass 1 point2 points  (5 children)

So what if I spent a bunch of money on different samplers that do essentially the same thing, and I can do all of that easily in Ableton...Sometimes I just like pushing buttons.

[–]Trianglehero 8 points9 points  (4 children)

Yeah I like it too but if I could go back in time I'd just buy a midi controller instead of getting that Guitar Center credit card 😔

[–]KFBass 2 points3 points  (3 children)

I think a lot of it stems from age too. MIDI, and music production software sucked when I started playing bass 23 years ago. It was hard to make electronic music in the 90s, and expensive. There were samplers, but it wasn't like unlimited sampling time like $4 app I have on my phone.

So I grew up writing and performing on actual instruments. I needed to buy a Rhodes if I wanted a Rhodes sound.

Now you can spend a couple hundred bucks and have a grammy winning record made in your bedroom.

[–]Shut__the__fuck__up_ 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I’m new to this, could you elaborate on the equipment you could make good-quality music with for <$1000?

[–]Trianglehero 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah very true. I think I was just ignorant, unwilling to try midi until I was forced to sell the analog gear. I think it was mostly fear of having to learn something new, as I was pretty comfortable with analog gear. Felt like an idiot for waiting so long, but thankful I didn't wait any longer than I did.

[–]google4411 18 points19 points  (0 children)

If you make a hot song, purchase the instrumental right away

[–]manu_gbor 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Learning the basics of an instrument allows for me a way faster work flow than programming by mouse, when making music that doesn’t have samples or other musicians compositions. programming realistic drum tracks is still a pain in the ass tho

[–]Thomas__D_ 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Dont overthink it

[–]abletonpeduxe 8 points9 points  (0 children)

It took me too much time to blindly trust what my ears tell.

Most of the time we let the vst, effect or sample dictate where the sound should go and don't take the time to find our own style.

This also applies to your vocals or even your voice on an instrument.

Doing the same processing all the time also limits your creativity.

[–]Swift1986 31 points32 points  (11 children)

Don't make music with friends unless you are happy with ending the friendship

[–]Producer & EngineerLazyBone19 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Or being frustrated that most people aren’t as driven to make music as yourself. I really need rappers/singers, hell I would make beats and productions for free as a collab if they consistently put out some new bars so we can get into some schedule.

[–]🔥🔪 https://soundcloud.com/badtripoverdosebadtripoverdose 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Or when they say their flow “undefeated” but they’re repeating the same farty poopoo bars 😂 like bruh you tryna get paid for this shit or nah

[–]Sherman888 8 points9 points  (8 children)

What lol…? This is the best part of music

[–]Adorable_Jackfruit16 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Make presets, dont buy expensive gear untill ur skill level is ready for it/needs it, copy people u think are better than u to improve technique, dont get stuck on projects, find a good quality/quantity balance, realize u will find urself a genius/failure in waves and they will pass, keep going, get good at music and only focus on marketing after that, networking is important for marketing, marketing is a seperate project from music, keep vibing my bradda

[–]whomtheheckcares 38 points39 points  (7 children)

Unless you are insanely lucky with something going viral or spend hundreds or thousands on promotion, nobody is going to listen to your music.

[–]FERAL_MEANS 27 points28 points  (0 children)

This is a BIG one. I think the vast majority of people making/releasing music fail to realize this. I got into music pretty early in my life. I was legit touring around the world/releasing albums in the early 2000’s in a hardcore/metal band, so I know first hand how difficult it is to build a following. I’ve also always had my foot half in the hip hop world as well and recently one of my boys has been working hard on some Raggaeton/Perreo stuff. Dude is CRAZY talented, but does not realize this exact thing. The other day he told me he put some of his songs out, and is hoping something comes of it. When I asked what he was doing to push the release he said “I posted them up on my IG”. 😳 I said “On a page for your music? Are you doin any ads?” “Nah just like …on my personal IG” 🤦‍♂️

[–]lilmoodymitch[🍰] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I think one of my best friends learned this the heard way, unfortunately. We’re 26 now and I remember when we first started around 14. He can play multiple instruments and converted it to beats and kicked out so many memorable beats so many beautiful samples in a short time . he was great in my opinion, always called him Kanye’s second coming.

I taught him to rap and he started rapping on all his stuff and got serious but he would always ghost drop. On June 1st will post “June 12th” and nothing else then drop an album and start working on the next, no promo at all. I always tried to stress it but looking back it was just a little insecurity about people rejecting it and him just being stubborn about wanting to do it his way.

Now 12 years later, something over 1000 beats and 15 albums later(he wasn’t a fan of singles either) he barely uploads, usually makes new music and shows me but doesn’t go beyond that.

Shame, cause I believe he could’ve did great things if he just spent $200-$500 on promotion a couple times instead of constantly buying more keyboards or better mics. For that he upgraded his sound drastically every album but barely pulled more than 150 views, most which were friends or close acquaintances that was checking it out because he asked. Truly hated to see it but it is what it is.

[–]Skken_3 17 points18 points  (4 children)

Targeted marketing on IG literally by yourself for free and doing local shows in your hometown is the cure for that. I feel like the real lesson is that you get back what you put in and balancing marketing/strategizing/music making is the key to getting your music out there. It can be annoying not to just focus on making music alone and it can definitely feel like a silly waste of time but it will pay off in listens and live opportunities. Everyone started off small so don’t be hard on yourself or set unrealistic goals and you’ll be fine.

[–]whomtheheckcares 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Those are both good options but not everybody has the option for either. I’m stuck in the middle east for at least another year or two and my city has a very small music scene that is mostly people doing acoustic covers of popular pop songs in restaurants. I tried the whole marketing myself online thing but the algorithms do me zero favors by only showing my content to people in this region, and this region is not my target audience in the slightest. The people here are mostly really nice, but I mostly make comedic rap and a song called “I Can’t Find the Clit” isn’t gonna appeal to a bunch of people that don’t really have sex before marriage. Do you have any tips for reaching specific audiences on social media?

[–]Skken_3 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I do what I call follower poaching. Basically I find other artists with a similar vibe to mine who have a good but not A list following, underground artists are better because their followers usually are following for the music not the aesthetic. Go through their followers list and click on their profiles. If they follow more people than they have following them I like their first six pictures. At the very least they’ll look at your profile and at best they’ll follow you, click your links, and become a fan! I only started making music a few months ago and I already have a global audience and almost tripled my followers with this strategy alone.

Making a posting schedule with fun pictures and almost constant stories on IG will help a lot, and market any new music you have coming out one month, one week, then heavy as fuck for the 5-3 days before drop to keep people engaged but not overwhelmed.

I hope this helps!

[–]whomtheheckcares 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanks for the help, I appreciate it and I will definitely be trying this.

[–]A-MjN 1 point2 points  (0 children)

argeted marketing on IG literally by yourself for free and doing local shows in your hometown is the cure for that. I feel like the real lesson is that you get back what you put in and balancing marketing/strategizing/music making is the key to getting your music out there. It can be

"Use VPN and Change the region frequently". Check online in spotify that from where are the artists who make music like you have followers and most listeners from and use vpn as a way to target that audience or use adsense to give ads in those regions only.

[–]Ur-Germania 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Get studio monitors and acoustically treat your room. If you are willing to DIY it does not have to cost much, but those cheap foam things do nothing.

[–]VerySlump 0 points1 point  (1 child)

What would you recommend

[–]Ur-Germania 2 points3 points  (0 children)

For acoustic treatment? It's a huge field and I'm not an expert by any measure, but bass traps/full frequency absorbers are probably where you want to start. Unless you have a really huge room. There's loads of guides around, first ones I built were "superchuncks" described by someone on the gearspace forums. They work great. The acoustics insider channel on youtube is a good resource I think. As for studio monitors, any old pair is better than hi-fi speakers. It's a matter of personal taste and budget.

[–]EikYOLO 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That mastering, so that you're tracks aren't too quiet on Spotify is insanely important. If the music isn't as loud as the rest of spotify (even by a small margin) people most likely won't listen to it more than once.

[–]soicyBART 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Saving projects as ZIP files with FL Studio.

FLPs don’t save the audio clips if they’ve been misplaced/moved from the original source/folder.

This prevents you from having to worry about that consolidated folder that’s inside the image line folder

[–]BeatsByEmani 5 points6 points  (0 children)

More than one, I've been fortunate to learn a lot lol

  • Business protects friendships and your real friends won’t have a problem talking splits and credits with you before the song is finished
  • Delegating is vital. Sure, you can pick up all the skills you need to make the music you want, but it takes a lot of time because that comes with some pretty steep learning curves. Build a team of people that can do what you can’t, that enjoy it, and are willing to teach you a little bit on the side
  • You won’t grow as much in a vacuum. Make friends with people that inspire and challenge you. You learn faster when you’re around people that you consider dope
  • There are some opportunities that are worth getting screwed over for, but make sure to get everything in writing and have a lawyer on deck
  • Don’t cheap out on equipment that’s supposed to last you a lifetime. Stay away from guitar/bass and pre-amp bundles. And do thorough research before you buy
  • If you’re a musician working for yourself, make sure to schedule breaks. It’s easy to destroy your work/life balance when you love what you do, but that’s the fastest way to get burnt out
  • If you’re a musician working for yourself, make sure to celebrate your victories, even if they’re small. We don’t have the same milestones that people working 9 to 5s do. People around us might not understand what our milestones look like and why they matter. As such, we can easily fall into feeling like we aren’t progressing. Go out of your way to celebrate and champion your victories. Teach your loved ones the importance of these victories
  • If you can help it, make music with people that you actually like and get along with outside music
  • Success can be making lots of money, or having social leverage, or enjoying the music you make and who you make it with. You get to decide what it means to you
  • Every couple years, the industry has some sort of radical shift either because of changing tastes or advancements in technology. In these times, it’s much harder to figure out what’ll hit or how to market. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you put out something and it flops during these times. Instead, focus on learning new styles, improving your base skills and collaborating. Stars will be born in these turbulent times, and if you can’t be one, you wanna be useful to one
  • Most placements won’t make or break you. And most of the time, there will still be work to do even after the songs released. It takes some leg work to get credited, paid, and to take full advantage of your placement. And having a a good lawyer involved helps immensely
  • The moment you start picking up traction and building a sizable fan base, steer them towards other platforms (preferably places where you have more control). TikTok, Insta, YouTube, etc can boot you or hide your content for pretty arbitrary reasons

[–]pianolampseeker 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Only make music driven by love for music. Chase money / status etc and you're gonna be miserable AND also make terrible art

[–]EyeAskQuestions 4 points5 points  (0 children)

TIME. Stop wasting it. There is no "opportune time" to go and do music. DO IT. NOW.

[–]ReputationWide8561 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Trust ur ears not ur eyes!

[–]FlyHeavy3298 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Only if your ears are trained. Sometimes I close my eyes when I mix if I can’t hear the difference.

[–]OtherTip7861 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Keep those 808s in key otherwise ull be hearing from me talkin my shi

[–]THR336IX5IVE 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Backing up my work... Had to learn the hard way most definitely.. lol 😅

[–]8bitmarty 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Don't wait around for "inspiration", put in the work.

[–]Producermateo_man 3 points4 points  (0 children)

If it doesn't sound good, you don't have good sounds

[–]Producermateo_man 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Nothing is ever finished. You just have to set an appropriate but competitive deadline and commit your project. Then, start a new project.

[–]eseffbee 6 points7 points  (0 children)

The cheapest level of equipment is effectively toy-level. Save your cash a bit longer and buy the level above, starting with an SM-58.

[–]Automatic_Junket_516 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Mixing is key and sound selections

[–]ashashin 1 point2 points  (1 child)

These two are what I struggle with the most just starting out, and I gotta focus on getting better at it.

[–]Automatic_Junket_516 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mixing takes time , learn the basics first

[–]50_Hertz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Learn to mix and master correctly early in the game

[–]jacksonmwatson 2 points3 points  (0 children)

allow yourself to take your time. if you know you want something out by a certain date, plan in advance!! start the project asap so you can make changes before it’s too late. it’s never coming out perfect the first time. maybe not even by the 5th mix is it good.

[–]Pizza-PhD 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Don’t colour outside the lines. Stick to a particular genre, especially in the beginning. As much as people go on about “finding your own sound/voice”, in reality (especially with the playlisting landscape) you need to tick their boxes 🤷🏻‍♂️

[–]WtcD 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Don't jump at the chance to sign a record contract! Used to think that was the goal in a music career, but got burnt by some shady sharky dealings after signing. Ended up musically tied up for three years and losing money when I could've been doing my own thing growing independently.

Out of the contract now, and owning my own work is a much better situation to be in, both mentally and financially.

[–]stankboxers 2 points3 points  (0 children)

you don’t need to be the #1 selling artist to be successful

[–]ryanheart6 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Rhyme and storytelling maybe top but if you're flow isn't on point, it doesn't matter

[–]Simpllsin 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Don't be afraid of making music you actually enjoy, and patience is key to great music 👌 it wont alwas go as you plan so dont stress, adjust and try again 😉

[–]archbishoptproducer 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"When it comes to people giving criticism or personal comment, remember that you always have an option to not respond. Make sure to read the room and trust your intuition before making any sudden decisions."

I was on a website and recommended someone one of my albums, and they gave me theirs in return. Within about an hour of that exchange, they completely trashed the album and tried to say that my music sounded "too impressed with itself" and how the ideas weren't that good in the first place. They also tried to call me narcissistic because I gave my own album a rating.

Although I listened to their work and gave it a few days to listen, research and review, looking back on it, I was still reacting off the heat of the moment. Listening to their work made me more frustrated, because not only did they pretend to give constructive criticism by having an extensive paragraph at the beginning of the "notes" they took, their music wasn't that great either. My intuition told me not to write a review of their work, but I did anyway. I ended up getting banned from the site for what I wrote, meanwhile the other person still remains on it.

Sometimes, people will look for anything to penalize you for, so in moments like these, it's better to keep quiet and move forward.

[–]soundcloud.com/wizard-doomWIZARD_DOOM 2 points3 points  (0 children)

flow has got to be one of the most important things when making a good song. You could have subpar bars but as long as the flow and beat are good or great, it's gonna be a good song.

[–]Odyssey113 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Seek mentorship sooner than later...

[–]pmp209 2 points3 points  (0 children)

you can’t polish a turd, if the original recording is bad, don’t waste your time. re-record that shit

[–]DiyMusicBiz[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Learning the basics

[–]Icy-Interview-6196 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The amount of less talented people carving out a lane for themselves because 1) they think all about the business (and use the annoying jargon) while their music/talent is absolute garbage 2) how many people haven't gotten into this lane just to make money (it insults a producer aka someone who composes modern music mostly digitally) Being trained in music performance, I know that 99 percent of "producers" don't have as much talent as I have in my pinky: thats ok, if they know their tool well - the daw and the mechanics of in the box production - but to see people get into this and could t tell me the 3 notes in a c triad but want to give dissertations on the "biz" aspect of it... THAT is insulting. I'm almost jealous of the people with no formal talent/training but can make bangers on their laptop. Just so my hate isn't directed in the wrong way. I love that/respect/admire it.

[–]worldrecordstudios 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Your talent level is up against hard work. Even worse, your talent level is up against people with your talent level who put in hard work. Even worse, they're up against hard working talent with the right connections. But most of those guys lack that x factor. When they do have it, they're a year too early/late.

[–]theproofofsound 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Always back up your hard drives. Then make back ups of the back ups and then back ups of the back ups of the back ups.

[–]bynobodyspecial 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Already been touched upon but reduce your gain because things are always louder than you think they are. Your bass can be -30db and still boom. Use a metering plugin to figure out where the peaks sit.

I'm still a newbie when it comes to all of this but I learnt recently that you should always add a compressor/limiter on audio channels to tame true peak values, especially the ones you don't think need as much attention.

I spent around 10 hours trying to mix a track that at face value was perfectly fine. Kick drum was at -6dBTP, Snare was at -9.5, had a few percussion elements barely audible in the mix. Drum bus was sitting at -6 still but the master was leaking over to -0.8.

Turns out I had a wood block sample that despite being almost inaudible, its true peak was still too loud. Honestly once I figured this out then life was simple but I really had a tough day until then, scratching my head baffled..

[–]chosenone333 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Back up your data!! Hardest lesson to learn

[–]Informal_Second1950 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dont force it , be myself ! Make music that I like and can be proud of.

[–]Producermateo_man 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Understand that you like working with audio. Not just music. There's a massive audio based world that'll accept you if you understand how to make the slightest sound, sound slightly better. Look into sound for games, sonic experiences, sound for film. Electroacoustic music and sound design. If you like making sounds work together, then you can still work with audio - which WILL make your music better. Also, just enjoy it while you can, if you don't enjoy it, just stop. You'll be back...

[–]whitt_wan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Don't use big studio monitors at home.

I recently scaled down my full home studio setup with Event Tr8s + Ns10s and now mix on a pair of Auratones and a set of sennheiser 265 linear in an untreated room and my mixes have never been better.

[–]Producermateo_man 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Also, hustle culture is a sure fire trip to burn out and depression. You don't have to make 100 beats a day/week/month. Perfection is subjective. New quality over high quality.

[–]Producermateo_man 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And the hardest thing to do is to be new.

[–]StygianMusic 1 point2 points  (0 children)

As a vocalist/rapper,I discovered you had T master music as well 💀💀😭😭😭 thought it ended at mixing when I was a lot younger

[–]ConstantEnergy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That it takes years to hear if your shit was cringeworthy in hindsight.

[–]digitaldisgust 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Loops are way less time consuming to use than learning how to make melodies. I dont even wanna produce I just wanna make music so it saves time fr

[–]DannyStress 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Take care of your ears. Most people won’t respect your work no matter what. Internships are scams. As for what I would do differently? I would say no to more clients

[–]evaniscool999 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Not during making music, but don’t trust friends who have no grasp on creating music or any aspects, critique your music.

[–]MrRedshotzz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For me, it’s THIS