5 Steps to Making Music

5 Steps to Making Music

Making music can be a daunting task if you don’t know where to start. There are many factors to consider: genre, style, instrumentation, and intro/outro. In addition, it can be hard to know what to focus on or where to start if you don’t have a timeline in mind.

Let’s start by breaking down the music production process into its most basic traditional formula. While many people will skip some steps outlined here, in my experience, when the steps are followed and completed individually, better results are achieved. So, without further ado, here is a list of steps to get started with music-making:

  1. Composition or Songwriting – The first step is putting together your musical ideas. The composition process involves creating melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic ideas. This is also the stage where you compose the lyrics of your song and define the song’s genre, overall vibe, and style.
  2. Arrangement – The arrangement stage is where you take your musical ideas and assemble them into a song structure. This involves developing the intro, verses, bridge, choruses, breakdowns, and outro. It also involves adding and subtracting different instruments throughout the song to build or reduce tension.
  3. Sound Design and Production – This is the most crucial element of modern music production. Sound design involves creating original music and editing it. Production involves adding sound effects, sound manipulation, and making many creative decisions to prepare your song for the next step.
  4. Mixing – In the audio mixing process, multiple audio layers are combined to create the final track. Mixing involves balancing levels, panning sounds, equalizing, compressing, harmonics enhancing, fixing problems, and adding various effects. Mastering – The final step in the music production process is the post-production process.
  5. Mastering means making the collection of songs sound coherent and part of the same album.
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