I’ve seen alot of people online asking the same question. “How do I start producing music?” This guide will get you on the right track, with a little time and practice of course.
Computer programs are a basic need for anyone that wants to create music from home. Almost anyone you ask will tell you that if you want to produce, go get gudang lagu, FL STUDIO, or Fruity Loops. This actually is a solid starting point, but don’t expect to just learn the program right away. In order to really make quality music you have to, get more drum kits and sounds (some websites have free drum kit downloads, just google it), learn to use the FL Mixer, learn to use VST Plug-ins, and practice alot. Other good programs for producing and recording are Sound Forge, Acid, Sonar, etc.
Now that you have your computer set up. It’s time to discuss hardware. 1st, be sure to have a quality sound card because some sound cards actually can’t handle some of the VST Plug-ins used. Also, buying some new speakers wouldn’t be a bad investment either. If you plan on producing Hip Hop or Rap, you might want to put this into serious consideration. With Hip Hop or Rap, basslines make a heavy impact on the music, therefor if you have a good quality audio system, you can perfect the levels of your music because it will sound better than standard desktop speakers. As far as hardware goes, it really depends on if you plan to actually record artists or not. If you are, then it would be smart to invest in a quality condenser microphone and mic stand. More people will be willing to listen to your music if the quality of your beats and vocals are solid. The quality of the sound has a huge effect on small subjects such as whether people are going to take you seriously or not. In my opinion, more key investments would include a decent MIDI keyboard or controller, a small USB recording interface (if you plan to record), a small desk, or a table, along with the mic.
With the promotion, there are many ways to promote your beats to more than just Young Gun from Street Hustle Ent. on the corner. Now I’m not saying that this is a bad idea, but there are more ways to get it out there. Start by licensing everything you make. Believe me, it will save you in the long run. Once that is settled, find someone to do graphics for you. Graphics can benefit greatly if done correctly like on MySpace or Soundclick. When was the last time you were on MySpace and you found an artist that had a blank page? What was their name? Exactly!! People are more likely going to remember you if you have eye catching visuals. Pictures of you, signatures for forums, custom layouts, anything, and everything helps because promotion is sometimes what makes or breaks the artist/band or producer. If you upload images to Photobucket or any other hosting site, make sure you save all links as a .txt file with notepad. If you save it to the desktop, it would cut down on time spent logging in and out of the site, instead, you can just copy and paste. For MySpace, FriendBlaster Pro is also a really helpful tool for promoting bands.
The right set-up, software, hardware, and promo tools could have you catching the attention of artists and fans alike. I hope this guide was able to assist you on your quest to be a music producer!