Thought I’d make an “official” thread about how a beginner can start producing dance music, since there have been a few “how do I start producing?” threads.
This would be a place for more experienced and knowledgeable producers to offer tips, recommendations and answers to questions and for beginners to ask questions and to learn.
Recommendations might be:
Learning materials (videos, books, etc)
Threads and websites
Old forum’s Production Bible
Some threads posted by beginners:
Advice for starting dubstep producing
I want to start making dubstep and electronic music, where would I start and what program would I get?
A daw for a noob
Finally got a laptop. And Reaper
I want advice on gaining skills as a producer
what the fuck happened to that guys everything
Some free book and videos, from beginner ‘set up your monitors’ to advanced ‘Fourier transforms of complex sinusoids.’
Compose Your Own Music
Beginner: A few composition tips.
Guide to Mixing
Beginner to intermediate: About mixing, basically.
How to Make a Noise
Beginner to intermediate: Synthesis, timbre and sound design.
Excerpt from Designing Sound
Beginner to intermediate: Sound design in Pure Data.
Programming Electronic Music in Pd
Beginner to intermediate: Learn digital audio using the free modular environment Pure Data.
Theory and Technique of Electronic Music
Intermediate to advanced: Creator of free modular environment Pure Data writes about digital audio including its processing.
Miller Puckette MUS171 Lecture Videos
Miller Puckette’s university lectures.
INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL FILTERS WITH AUDIO APPLICATIONS
MATHEMATICS OF THE DISCRETE FOURIER TRANSFORM (DFT) WITH AUDIO APPLICATIONS
SPECTRAL AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING
PHYSICAL AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING FOR VIRTUAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND AUDIO EFFECTS
Advanced: Julius O Smith’s online books on Digital Audio Signal Processing (DASP).
Advanced: Well-made general Digital Signal Processing (DSP) videos.
Signal Processing for Communications
Advanced: Book written by the above teachers.
The Scientist and Engineer’s Guide to Digital Signal Processing
Advanced: A further free DSP book.
Production Bible is cool, but lots of stuff there (especially moneyshot thread, since it’s pretty much outdated) can make you struggle even more if you’re just starting out. Idk, maybe it’s just a part of being new to something, but when I started producing music, I literally did EXACTLY what guides and tutorials told me. That lead to countless hours of frustration.
i dunno really
strictly incorrect info like the completely opposite of correct will a lot of the time teach the very same thing
so you just have to place yourself in the midst of any of these ‘production’ discussions and then empathise with what you feel . . . all info is available tbh
the fucked up bit is hihats
Think you gst a typo there
Maybe we should have a huge pop up window at the front page of the guide that tells every beginner to ignore everything that doesn’t work for him personally?
I’m so glad its not just me with the hihats.
The thread title was edited by dansci.
I think because they are so harsh and detailed they can require skill and confidence. I just try to make them unnoticeable lol
oh cool, didn’t know i can do this
like the question of are they or should they even be in tune
do i have to hurt my ears in the process
its like a m8 going off on a bell sat right next to you for hours
It’s even worse when you’re trying to make them somewhat present in the mix. always either too loud or too quiet.
i listen to the hi bit of the snare that is fucking about in the same spot and then decide if the hi hats or the snares peaky bit gets to be the dad
but its always like a whole familys faith is going to be decided from there
depends on the dubstep you’re aiming to make imo
To me, the fundamental takeaway from the Moneyshot thread was
Leave your master fader at zero.
Which is timeless.
My post on making sub. There is a whole thread there.
Start with a fundamental sine wave at ~50Hz. Add harmonics in one or some of these ways: * Additive synthesis * Additional oscillators * Lowpass another wave eg saw, square, triangle, etc * Saturate/waveshape * Overdrive a preamp * Overcompress Add movement by automating modulation of: * Frequency * Amplitude * Filter (even on a pure sine wave for a different tremolo effect) * Saturation drive/wet Or by adding portamento Get it to to agree with the kick using any of: * Highpassing the kick…