7 Game-Changing New Year's Resolutions for Music Producers in 2024

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7 Game-Changing New Year's Resolutions for Music Producers in 2024

In the fast-paced world of music production, where trends come and go in the blink of an eye, staying ahead of the game is key to long-term success. As we step into a new year, 2024 holds immense potential for music producers determined to make their mark on the industry. In this article, we will look into seven groundbreaking New Year's resolutions that will revolutionize your approach as a music producer and set you apart from the competition. From goal setting to learning new skills, join me on a journey toward creativity and accomplishment in the ever-evolving landscape of music production.


Embrace New Technologies: Exploring the Latest Tools and Software in Music Production

  • Explore new plugins: Stay ahead of the game by exploring the latest tools and software in music production. Utilize new plugins, which can add unique sounds and effects to your tracks, giving them a fresh, modern twist. 
  • Try AI-assisted apps & plugins: Let artificial intelligence lend its expertise to refine your mixes effortlessly. Investigate AI-assisted plugins that can analyze and suggest improvements for your mixes. These plugins can improve the overall sound quality by automatically adjusting levels and EQ settings or even suggesting instrument choices.
  • Upgrade your DAW: Take advantage of updated DAW features to optimize efficiency when creating music. With advancements in digital audio workstation technology you can streamline your workflow and enhance your creativity.


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From Setup to Mix: Maximizing Your DAW Skills

  • Views: Understanding the different views in your digital audio workstation (DAW) can greatly enhance your productivity. The arrangement view allows you to visualize the structure of your music, while the session view provides a more flexible and improvisational approach. Utilize these views effectively to streamline your workflow and make editing and arranging tracks a breeze.
  • Audio Settings: Learn about latency - use higher buffer size values when mixing, and lower values when recording. If you use s Windows PC you will need to learn how to best set up your ASIO settings.
  • Quick Keys: Mastering quick keys is essential for efficient navigation in your DAW. Memorize keyboard shortcuts like a pro to save time during production. Whether it's cutting, copying, or pasting sections of audio, adjusting volume levels or applying effects - using quick keys key commands can significantly speed up your creative process.
  • File Management: Maintaining a well-organized file management system is crucial for staying organized amidst numerous projects and samples. Create folders for each project or track with clear labeling conventions. Periodically clean out unused files and plugins to optimize storage space on your computer. By adopting good file management procedures, you'll not only save time searching for files but also ensure that everything is easily accessible when needed.
  • Mix Prep: Before diving into the mix, take some time to prepare your tracks properly. Label each track clearly according to its instrument or sound source. Remove any unnecessary effects or processing from individual tracks that might be conflicting with others during the mixing stage. Use bus routing wisely to group similar instruments together and apply appropriate EQ settings before adding further effects.


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Note by Note: Building a Solid Foundation in Music Theory 

  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Don't let self-doubt hold you back. Embrace your abilities and focus on continuous growth. Remember that every successful musician started from scratch, and with dedication, knowledge, and practice, you too can conquer imposter syndrome when it comes to learning music theory.
  • Rhythm Basics: Understanding rhythm is vital for creating compelling music. Learn about the different beat divisions like whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, and eighth notes. Practice counting beats aloud while tapping your foot to internalize the feeling of each rhythm. Apply the beat divisions of music theory into your MIDI beat programming.
  • Melody Basics: A strong melody carries a song to new heights. Start by learning how to create catchy hooks using simple intervals like thirds or fifths between notes. Experiment with scales such as major scales or minor scales to unlock endless melodic possibilities.
  • Sharps and Flats: Sharps (#) and flats (b) add color and emotion to melodies. Familiarize yourself with these accidentals and their effect on pitch within a scale. Recognizing them will empower you to tailor your compositions' mood precisely.


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Transform Your Sound: Mastering the Art of Mixing and Mastering in 2024

  • Balance and panorama: Aim for an even distribution of instruments across the stereo field to create depth and width within your mix. Use a VU meter for a visual view of the average level of each track and the whole mix.
  • Gain staging: Properly setting the input levels throughout your mixing and mastering chain is essential for maintaining clarity and preventing distortion. Start with the level coming from your DAW and set the levels with a VU meter so your faders can stay around zero.
  • The Best EQ settings: Experiment with different EQ settings to enhance specific frequencies and create a balanced mix without muddiness or harshness. The key is to remove unneeded frequencies with a High Pass Filter (HPF) and reduce some muddy frequencies between 150-350Hz.
  • The Best compressor settings: Achieve dynamic control by using compressor settings effectively, adjusting parameters such as threshold, ratio, attack, and release according to your desired outcome. The key is getting the release time right - start with a fast release time and then time it to the bpm of the song.
  • Learn mastering basics: Familiarize yourself with fundamental concepts like loudness normalization, stereo imaging, spectral balance adjustment, among others; these will elevate your mastery of audio engineering. Build a custom mastering chain with a smart or dynamic EQ, a compressor, a true peak limiter, and a LUFS meter.
  • New innovations: AI-assisted tools can aid in streamlining mastering workflow by automating your mastering chain while still offering control over some parameters. These smart technologies offer possibilities that were once unimaginable.


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Voice Alchemy: The Secrets to Exciting Vocal Production

  • Mastering the art of voice recording: Creating a captivating vocal performance starts with capturing it effectively. Invest in quality microphones and acoustic treatment for your home studio recording space. Position the microphone properly, ensuring optimal proximity to the vocalist while minimizing unwanted room noise.
  • Fine tuning your DAW recording and monitor settings: Set the buffer size on your DAW to the lowest workable setting to record with the least amount of latency. Optimize PC audio settings for Windows operating systems. Create a great headphone mix for singers and rappers.
  • Perfecting vocal comping techniques: Compiling the best parts from multiple takes can help create a flawless vocal performance. Use software or editing tools to easily cut and paste different sections together, seamlessly blending them into one cohesive track.
  • Removing distracting clicks and pops: Smooth out your vocals by eliminating unwanted distractions like clicks and pops that may occur during recording or editing. Utilize audio restoration plugins or manually edit these imperfections to ensure a polished final result.
  • Achieving precise vocal tuning: Ensure pitch-perfect performances by utilizing autotune plugins or manual pitch correction techniques sparingly, avoiding an overly artificial sound while still correcting any noticeable pitch issues.
  • Adding depth through doubling vocals: Duplicate selected vocal tracks and subtly offset their timing or employ mild effects like chorus or delay to add depth and richness to a singer's performance, giving listeners a fuller experience.
  • Creating stunning harmonies: Enhance your music production by layering harmonies onto lead vocals, either sung by the same artist at different pitches or recorded separately with other performers who can further enrich the overall sound of your song.


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Wave Shapers: Exploring New Depths of Creative Sound Design 

  • Subtractive synthesis: Learn the art of subtractive synthesis, where you can craft unique sounds by selectively removing frequencies from a rich waveform.
  • Wavetable synthesis: Level up your sonic palette with wavetable synthesis, a synthesizer that allows for morphing between different waveforms, resulting in complex and evolving sounds.
  • Samplers: Master the workings of samplers and discover how they can add depth and texture to your tracks. Your DAW is just a big multitrack sampler. Discover all of the ways you can manipulate your track playback.
  • Modulation & Automation: Look into modulation and automation techniques, which enable you to bring movement and life to your synth parameters. Modulation is a cyclic rotation between point A and B, while automation is one linear path from A to Z.



Musical Blueprint: Designing Success with Effective Goal Setting

  • Defining your vision and mission: Before getting into goal setting, you should first establish a clear vision and mission for your music career. Take the time to reflect on what you want to achieve as a producer or artist, where you see yourself in the future, and what drives your passion for creating music. By defining your vision and mission, you can anchor yourself to these core values throughout your journey.
  • Setting one goal per month: Instead of overwhelming yourself with numerous random goals at once, focus on setting one attainable goal each month. It could be producing one song, mastering a new production technique or collaborating with fellow artists. Having monthly goals allows for better clarity and progress tracking.
  • Creating tactics to execute your goals: Goal setting is only effective if followed by concrete actions. Once you've defined your monthly goal, create tactical plans outlining the steps necessary to achieve it. Set specific deadlines and allocate time for daily practice or research sessions dedicated to improving skills related to that particular objective. Regularly assess and adjust strategies along the way so that they remain aligned with both short-term targets and long-term aspirations.

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