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Beginner VS advanced PRODUCERS

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I make house music, I share tips for house music producers on YT and Patreon.

Dear friend,

I missed my appointment with you for more than 2 weeks, I’m sorry.

In today’s email I want to tell you about few things I’ve noticed through the years that make the difference between a beginner and an experienced producer.

And this isn’t just about production aspects, but also attitudes and beliefs.

Let’s look at some together:

1 – Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS): Often, a novice producer is led to believe that the poor quality of their productions is due to a lack of equipment rather than a lack of experience. I frequently talk to students and friends who have recently started producing and express their intention to buy an analog synth or mixer to achieve a more professional sound. Unfortunately, analog hardware alone is not enough to make a track sound professional, especially when it is created using low-quality samples or other poor choices. I always advise beginners to focus on building a library of quality sounds, honing their ears, and making a lot of music to learn how to use what they already have. Personally, after years of production, I have learned that it’s not the tool that makes the difference. Or rather, the tool can add that extra 5% to the production quality. The challenge is knowing how to achieve the remaining 95%.

2 – Frequency distribution: Another aspect that marks the difference between a track made by an experienced producer and one by a beginner is how sounds are distributed across the frequency spectrum. The sense of cohesion you get when listening to a quality track depends not only on the mixing but also on the sounds chosen. Often, I listen to tracks by beginner producers where I notice a huge gap between the low and high frequencies, as if they have forgotten about the mid frequencies. Especially when it comes to drums: super subby kicks contrasted with super bright and thin hats. Over time, I have realized that energy lies not only in the low frequencies but also in the mid frequencies. So let’s try to add sounds, including hats, that have these frequencies. Additionally, if a hat or another percussive sound is too bright, let’s slightly close it with a filter. A sound that’s too bright immediately gives the impression of something cold and digital.

3 – Overtreatment: Another aspect I notice in my students’ projects is the massive presence of effects. And by this, I don’t mean creative effects, which are welcome, but corrective effects. Extreme equalization, compression, multiband compression, and other advanced effects that are often used without being fully understood. I believe, as do many other experienced producers, that it’s better to change a sound that doesn’t work rather than trying to correct it in every possible way. Once again, let’s learn the basics firstsound selection and volume setting. Let’s dedicate the rest of our time to being creative rather than spending the day compressing a kick.

4 – Amount of sounds: This last aspect undoubtedly depends on the genre of music we want to make. However, I often notice that beginner producers tend to exaggerate when adding sounds, which inevitably end up clashing with each other. Experienced producers can bring out the best from the few elements they have by using the arrangement. Choose a few sounds, distributed across various frequencies, and play with the arrangement, modulations, and effects.

And you, do you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate, or expert producer?

Hug,

Francesco

Have a look at my latest video on you tube, where I completely rebuild a pad sound I heard on a loop.

If you need help with your tracks, contact me through this form and let’s schedule some coaching sessions 🙂

FROM THE WEB

1 – AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME: my latest live streaming

Here is my latest live streaming where I arrange July project for the Minimal Improvements Hub. I will delete the video soon and upload a reduced version of it. Last days to watch it (YT video).

2 – 13 Social media Mistakes Musicians make

Seid sharing her insights on the main mistakes by musicians on social media and how to fix them (YT video).

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Here I share what I’ve been listening to lately both from the house music world and from every other genre.

I will keep feeding this section of my newsletter, with the hope you enjoy it.

1 – HOUSE/MINIMAL HOUSE MUSIC

Black Loops Yoyaku Session – You Tube

2 – OTHER GENRES

Electric Guest – Ritual Union – Spotify

Always be curious towards new music, you never know where inspiration comes from.

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FROM THE PATREON COMMUNITY

Mihai Pol Zoom Call: going through Mihai’s career and tips to make it in this industry (+ project walkthrough).

Mihai Pol’s Masterclass: learn Mihai Pol’s production secrets in this video tutorial where he walks through one of his latest unreleased productions.

Downloadable Material: every month a new sample pack, MIDI pack and presets.

If you missed past months packs, find them on my webstore.