Necessary skills to become a good music producer

Music production has a lot of technical aspects and elements. Such as learning the DAW, learning to process the sound, learning the basics of music theory. However, even though you do need to be tech-savvy, to be successful in the industry, it doesn’t diminish the fact that music production is a creative field, and it requires certain skills that are extremely hard to develop. Don’t be put off by that idea. Developing these skills is hard, but not impossible. The industry specialist has worked in the music business for a long time and knows a lot about these necessary skills and how to develop them. So what are they? Let’s find out. 


Many people assume, that if they work hard and fast, it will lead them to success in no time. But, this assumption is wrong at its core. Everything good takes time because good music is the result of many years of learning and practice. If you are not thinking long-term and want the results here and now, you are unlikely to reach great heights you have to come to terms with the fact that even though you work hard, you won’t see results right away. It is hard to keep going when you think that your work doesn’t pay off. But that is exactly why you need to be patient and persistent.  


Time management is extremely important when it comes to production. With all the schedules it is easy to lose your head and start missing deadlines unless you are good at managing your time. What we mean by it is the ability to focus on a task for a designated period of time and to be able to switch between tasks without losing focus. And planning your tasks beforehand so you can do everything in time. This is an essential skill not only for producers but also for all people in general. 


Small details like differences in pitch, velocity, or panning play an important role in music. An average listener might not be able to tell the difference between two notes, one of which is one semitone higher, but he will feel that something is off. So don’t neglect these small changes and tweaks, they do make a huge difference. 

Be your own critic

It’s very hard to be objective when it comes to critiquing your own work, but it’s a necessary skill you need to develop. Usually, we are biased toward our own work, especially if we’ve spent hours perfecting it. But once you’ve done your work, go outside, switch to something else, sleep on it, get distracted. And then come back to it with a fresh head and critique your work objectively. Be your own critic and see the areas you can improve and perfect. 

Don’t be passionate, be consistent

Music production has a very steep learning curve. To preserve your desire to learn music, you need something more than just passion. It works the same way as any human relationship. Passion won’t get you far if it has nothing to feed off. Make a list of the reasons you went into music production and reread it from time to time to switch on the logical part of the brain when the emotional one refuses to work.  

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