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Musical Instruments & Recording : How to Make & Produce Your Own Music

August 20, 2019

Once you have everything recorded you are
going to have to produce your music and producing is pretty much mixing levels of your instruments
to get them to sound good together. One major thing that you’ll need to learn is EQ and
that means equalization of different, all the instruments, all the vocals, everything
you are going to have to EQ unless you get really lucky and you record it and it sounds
perfect which almost never happens. So you are going to have to EQ it which means EQ
is pretty much a balance of low frequencies and high frequencies in instruments and vocals
even drums and that really makes a huge difference. If you have got a vocal that is kind of muddy,
kind of low sounding sounds like a pillow is over the speaker when you listen to it.
If you just brighten it up, if you brighten up the EQ, that means adding a little more
high frequencies to it. That is going to cut through and it is going to sound higher and
it is going to sound a little more crisp and clean. The same thing with all the instruments,
a lot of times you are going to have to brighten them up and especially if you are using low
end microphones you are going to have to brighten up the EQ and that is something you have to
do with everything. Other things when producing is panning. A lot of people don’t know, I
don’t know if you know the difference between mono and stereo but stereo is before stereo
they had mono and mono is pretty much all coming in the center of the speaker and all
of the instruments are coming through one direction and what stereo did is they split
it up in two parts so you’ve got instruments on the left speaker, instruments on the right
speaker and you can pan them any way you want and it really creates a dynamic that mono
couldn’t even come close to so that is a big thing. It helps the guitar if you have a lead
guitar part, normally you would kind of put it to the side in the right speaker. You could
put it 100% to the right you could put it like maybe 60% so mess with that a bit. That’s
really only a kind of a learn as you go type of thing as far as panning. Normally vocals
are in the center because that is what carries the song is the vocals you want that to be
in the center and the instruments kind of around. Normally the drums are kind of panned
a little bit equally to the right and left. So that is two things that are very important,
equalization and panning in my experience. Another thing that really adds to your sound
and makes it more professional sounding is layers. You can take the same vocal part and
you can take the same guitar part and you can duplicate it digitally. You can duplicate
it and that pretty much adds a second layer and you can put that over to the left and
you can pan that to the right and that adds a different dynamic so layering is another
thing you can do that affects your sound and that is pretty much the three different things
that are going to affect your production of your music.

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  • Reply Josh Rice December 6, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Well goddamn. That's everything I need to know. I'm ready to be the next Nickelback!

  • Reply SlightlyWetFart July 18, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Thank you.

  • Reply shawn2571 February 7, 2010 at 11:28 am

    that was pretty nice! but what we really need to know is exactly where to pan all the different instruments to and what frequencies to cut for each different instrument? i usually boost 63 hz for the drums and cut 80hz for the bass and cut 160hz and 630 hz for the guitar and boost the guitar just a little at 5 khz. but i still struggle to get a good sound a lot of the time? :oP

  • Reply Liam Aghan November 13, 2010 at 11:34 am

    that was a good help
    thanks mate

  • Reply HeyThatsNotMyName May 1, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Thanks sir!

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