Making Music: The 6 Stages of Music Production

This article will go over the different steps involved in making music and help organize the process within your mind.

Let’s begin by defining the process of producing music by decomposing it into six fundamental steps:

  1. Songwriting
  2. Arranging
  3. Tracking
  4. Editing
  5. Mixing
  6. Mastering

SONGWRITING

What is it to compose a song in a time with a song that is so largely music is ad-hoc? This is an excellent idea for an article. However, for the sake of this article, we’ll assume music writing is the art of mixing ideas in music together to create a bigger structure of the coherent melody, rhythm and harmony. The process involves brainstorming, which results at the beginning, middle, and end.

What are the qualities that make a great song? The quality of a song’s content depends on the person listening and what appeals to them. It’s completely subjective. But, a great song concerning craft can be recognized more objectively and will typically have all the components listed above (i.e. melody, rhythm, harmony and a beginning, middle and ending) and constructed in a manner that’s easily identifiable while being original as well as true to the intent of the song. When it comes down to lyrics.

ARRANGING

In all the phases in the process of making music, the process of arranging is probably the least well-known and the most ignored. If a song is able to have an effective melody and beat but becomes repetitive after a certain point, the issue is usually an issue with the arrangement. The arrangement is what makes the track interesting.

In simple terms, an arrangement in a song is related to the instruments that are played in each section, the way the sections are “arranged” – and how the sections themselves are placed in relation to the overall timeline in tune.

TRACKING

Then we’ll bring the equipment into. Because the recording process could refer to a variety of things, we’ll keep the term “tracking”, and the objective is to capture the performance.

A song is a part of the air. It’s nothing more than a collection of musical ideas. The only tangible thing is recording the song at a particular time. Playing a song live could be a way to make it accessible however it would not be tangible since the song will disappear once it’s done. It’s the recording that records songs in a format that is able to be played whenever you want to.

The process of tracking involves recording various instruments utilized to play the song. The majority of songs are recorded as a single track at one time. Each time you create a new track, you can hear the previous ones you’ve recorded. This is what happens with multi-track recording.

EDITING

The options in digital edits have helped make recording an outstanding performance more easily than ever. It is recommended to make use of these tools as a backup and not as a primary. If you decide to edit, it’s best to treat it as a separate step for several reasons.

The first thing to remember is that you shouldn’t edit while creating or recording. Concentrate on each stage in isolation and pay them full attention to ensure that you don’t lose focus when you need to correct something. Let the editing be done at the next stage.

In the second, you should be careful not to overdo the editing, or your track will start to sound “chopped up” and without feeling. Suppose you think that editing is a second method. In that case, you’ll put more effort into delivering professional performance and record what you want to convey in life instead of spending twice as much time (or longer) editing something you can believe in.

MIXING

For many, it’s the moment where the real fun begins. You’ve composed your song, the lyrics, and recorded the songs, and now you can take a break and relax while turning your track into an absolute masterpiece. Mixing well is a skill that requires years of study and practice. But that doesn’t mean that anyone isn’t capable of trying, and you should feel free to jump right in and explore the possibilities.

MASTERING

The mastering process has been traditionally viewed as a stage of its own. However, it’s now the final component in the mix stage for many bedroom producers. For most of those reading this, it’s likely the second. However, it’s useful to know how this happened.

In recording an album, musicians may use different studios, engineers, and producers for various songs. This means that every track will have its unique sound in terms of sound. The mastering process is used to make each song sound consistent and as if they were part of the one album. A mastering engineer with experience is a master of his equipment and ears and can fix any minor imperfections on the track that the mixer may not have noticed due to the room’s sound quality. The mastering engineer will also increase the volume of the entire album so that they sound “hot” (loud) and even at the same volume. When you run each track into the exact mastering machine and then adjust it to the same level, they sound more like they’re taken out of the exact album.