From the initial recording to the perfect song
Writing your own song and listening to it later as an MP3 anywhere you want is simply great. It takes a little creativity, inspiration and ideas to create your own music. But you'll also need to edit the music in its raw form and produce so that it's ready to go. Our step-by-step guide will help you get there.
Creating your own song, step by step
The first step is the idea. You're sure to have heard a track before that you couldn't get out of your head. This is exactly how making your own music works. You create music by repeatedly getting a melody or rhythm in your head and perhaps even inventing a lyric at this stage too. This is a big part of the progress!
There are different approaches for creating the first melodies. You can look at existing pieces of music and analyze them. When learning in this way how music works in terms of composition and emotion, you'll see the relevance of this for your own track. Once you have deciphered the structure of different pieces of music, creating your own song is easier and quicker. We'll help you to bring all these separate ideas into one coherent structure. When you make your own music, there's always a bit of trial and error. Keep playing around with your ideas, the melody you have created, or the basis for your song.
I've come up with an idea, but does producing my music involve?
Jumping from an initial idea or first melody to the finished song isn't done in the blink of an eye. From listening to the music of some producers, you might get the impression that you can quickly become a successful music producer with by copying and pasting content. But there's always a degree of work involved. In order to create a finished song from an idea, be it melody or lyrics, you'll have to:
- Create and record music
- Edit the music
- Produce and mix music
In the past, various analog devices were used for these processes. Now, you can use a complete digital solution in the form of a DAW, ACID Pro. A digital audio workstation can do all of the above step and much more besides. With it you can create your own music by using a variety of different samples and combining them on different tracks to create a complete song. Or you can make your own music with different instruments and record the individual instruments using the DAW. Its self-explanatory tools offer optimal support as you create your first song.
Make music with samples
Creating your own songs can still be done even if you can only play a limited number of instruments, or none at all. The task will be easier if you have some basic knowledge or can record an instrument yourself, but these skills are not a requirement if you want to create music. Composing your own song with the right tool works by creatively assembling pre-made sound structures known as samples.
Do you produce your own dance music, or more into hip-hop or rock? With a creative idea, and a bit of practice and diligence you can achieve your first successful results in no time. Start by simply creating a rhythm. Listen to one of your favorite pieces and you'll notice that it's formed of an arrangement of many different audio tracks. Try it out and you'll find that producing at 16 bit can achieve a sound that's already quite rich. So by doubling the number of tracks, you can increase the dynamic range even further.
Editing music – the post-processing of a music track
Producing music doesn't end with you recording the various instruments and putting the piece together. Because this is where the actual work begins. Individual tracks can be edited, cut, distorted and recompiled using many different tools. The DAW also offers various filters and modulation options, starting as standard with editing.
Minor inaccuracies in the song, for example if the recorded notes are not "perfectly" tuned to the bar, is something than can modified and improved in just a few steps. You can use pitch or time editing to easily remove notes or entire chords or rows, which you can then insert again at a different position. We'll show you the different methods, from cutting and reinserting individual notes – particularly suitable for rhythm instruments – to time-stretching, which is useful for electric guitars. Or you can simply align different tracks until you've found the perfect symbiosis.
Producing music with some extra touches
Working on your own piece of music offers even more creative possibilities. You can create your own unusual sounds with a synthesizer. Or use a microphone to record sounds, melodies or vocals and then integrate them digitally into your track.
One of the most exciting steps of the workflow is mixing. The goal here is to combine the individual notes and tracks by processing the sound of the individual tracks. The most common functions of a DAW are:
The equalizer should ensure that the individual sounds of your piece of music are audible in parallel. If the frequencies are not well tuned, individual sounds may overlap or may not be heard at all. We'll show you how to find the perfect frequency range for each sound.
Compression works in a similar way, but its function is more to ensure that each sound can be heard equally well – this is very important for modern music. As the name suggests, reverb creates an artificial room sound. The sky's the limit to your imagination here. Try it out and make your song sound like it's being performed in a cathedral, or at an open-air concert.
Creativity paired with tools that simplify your workflow. Intuitive function that accompany you as a music creator and let your idea mature step-by-step to the finished result. With the right applications, you can give your creativity free rein.
Good to know – our helpful guides
Expand your knowledge with these helpful guides – whether you're a beginner, advanced user or a professional.
Want to create you own remixes, but don't know what you have to take into consideration? Learn everything you need to know about mixing music here.
Producing beats has never been easier! In this tutorial, we'll show you what you need to keep in mind!
Want your tracks to sound even better, but aren't sure which effect is best for your needs? Find the answer here.