Here’s a simple guide that will help you learn how to make electronic music just like some top electronic producers such as Deadmau5. This tutorial will be beginner friendly and the strategies are easy to implement no matter what software you’re using.
You could be using Garageband, Ableton, PC, Mac or even an iPad. No matter what you use this free guide will teach you how to make a good sounding electronic song for beginners and experts alike.
The key to making the best electronic music is to 1st find your signature sound. Listen to a couple of top producers till you find one style that you like the most. Don’t rush this step because this is what will separate you from the rest.
Don’t copy the producer exactly, try to be unique and add your own flavor. You can even mix 2 or 3 styles just so that you can be different.
These days it’s pretty easy to build a recording studio without spending a lot of cash which is a good thing for those who’re just beginners. The basic studio equipment you’re going to need is a Computer/Laptop (it could be PC or Mac), Music Software, A Midi Controller, Audio Interface, Studio Monitors and Headphones.
That’s just the basic stuff to get you started, you can get more stuff as you grow. Technology has made it possible for all audio companies to create top quality gear. So don’t worry too much about which equipment brand to choose.
The most important thing to think about is what features do you want before buying anything. Don’t buy something just because it’s expensive or cheap, figure out what you’re going to do with it.
To get the most out of your music making software then you’re going to need to invest in external VSTs. Basically a VST is a virtual instrument which you’ll use to choose sounds. All audio software do come with good sounds built-in but to get the sound your favorite producers are making then you’ll need to use what they use.
For electronic music, the most used plugins are Hypersonic, Native Instrument Massive, Sylenth1, Korg Legacy Collection, Tone2 Gladiator, Spectrasonics and a whole lot more… If you can’t afford any external VSTs then you’ll need to invest some time learning sound design.
One other thing that your software will lack is the samples you’ll need for the specific genre you’re making. There’s a lot of good places to find samples and that is going to require a lot of digging.
Advice I can give you is that free samples wont cut it and they wont help you compete with the big guys. So don’t be afraid of popping up some cash to buy samples, vst and effects. There’s are a lot of good samples but make sure the get the ones that are designed for making electronic.
Once you have your setup ready then you can start producing your beats. You’ll want to start with the basics, learn what the top producers are doing then see if you can apply. If not then a quick research might fix the problem.
Great places to ask questions are forums, facebook groups, yahoo answers etc.
Some basic music theory will definitely come in handy when you start producing music. Learn at least how to play one musical instrument, you don’t have to master it. The aim is to understand key, chords and maybe some scales as well.
Once you have aquired some music theory then you can listen to your favorite songs to figure out the structure of the song. It is much easier to break-down a song to figure out what is going on if you know instruments and have theory as compared to someone who doesn’t.
Then you can listen to how popular artists are using chords, melodies, vocals, rhythm, groove, hooks, solos etc. and apply the techniques.
This is a more advanced step which will also require you to spend some time learning after you’re comfortable with making dope beats. The mixing part will be the hardest to learn but once you know your way around audio mixing then the mastering part will be much easier to understand.
Basically what you do in mixing is balance all the sounds to make everything audible without distorting. The kick needs to be phat and the snare needs to be thumpin, with the hi-hats sizzling. Actually you’ll be polishing the sounds and blending them together using effects such as equalizer, compressor, some ear candy like reverb, delay etc.
Once the mixing is finalised then you can choose to send your finished track to a mastering engineer (which is a wise decission) or do the mastering yourself. The mastering part is for making the final mix sound good when played in different sound devices such as radio, ipad, tv, in a club, car etc.
Then if the mastering is done, it’s time to get your music out there. Really hope the post did give you some tips on how you can jump start your electronic music production career.
Asking how to make electronic music is a general question but if you have any specific questions then leave a comment below and I’ll answer any question you might have.