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Audioguide: Music Production

Audioguide: Music Production


In this episode we focus on producing music for your projects even if you're not a musician. We cover things like royalty-free music from online libraries and licensing, using DAWs for editing, mixing and mastering, and matching the music to suit the mood of your project. Presented by Laura Michelle Smith. Music by moodmode.

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Hello and welcome to Audioguide, a podcast series about sound from audio.com. I'm Laura Michelle Smith and today we'll be delving into the world of music production. This episode is specifically aimed for those of you who aren't musicians themselves but want to add music to their projects. As you'll soon see, you don't need to be a virtuoso to create compelling soundscapes. Music is a powerful storytelling tool. It sets the mood, evokes emotions and enhances the impact of your content. Whether you're a filmmaker, podcaster or content creator, the right music can elevate your project. If you have limited means, consider using royalty-free music. These are music tracks that you can legally use without worrying about copyright issues. There are many online libraries and platforms, including this one, where you can find a wide range of royalty-free music, from cinematic scores to catchy tunes. If you want something more unique or customised, consider licensing music from independent artists or composers. You can find talented musicians on various platforms who will be open to collaboration and actively license their work for various projects. Digital audio workstations will allow you to manipulate, edit and arrange audio and midi. There are plenty of options to choose from, like Logic and Pro Tools, both of which allow you to sync music to video. Alternatively, free tools such as Audacity are great for podcast editing and will benefit those on a tight budget. Many digital audio workstations also come with pre-recorded loops and virtual instruments that can be arranged to create your unique music. If you're not confident in creating music from scratch, loop libraries such as MuseHub are a great option. These libraries contain pre-recorded music loops of various styles and genres that you can drag and drop into your project. Once you've chosen your music, you'll want to arrange it to suit your needs. Think about layering different elements to create a fuller sound. For example, combine a drum loop with a bass line and add some melodies or harmonies on top. Pay attention to the tempo and key of your music. They should match the mood of your project. A faster tempo might be suitable for an action scene, while a slower one works for a reflective moment. The music should complement your project's emotional tone and narrative. Think about the feelings you want to convey. When you've arranged your music, spend time on mixing and mastering. Adjust the levels, pan instruments for spatial depth and apply effects, EQ and compression to make your music sound professional. Don't be afraid to seek feedback from others, especially if you're just starting out. Try to get a few opinions from people you trust about how well the music fits your project and whether it enhances the overall experience. In conclusion, you don't need to be a musician to harness the power of music in your project. With royalty-free music, digital audio workstations, web libraries and virtual instruments, you can create engaging soundscapes that captivate your audience. Remember that at the end of the day, it's about impactful storytelling and establishing an emotional connection, not technical expertise. That's a wrap for this episode on music production. We hope you've gained the confidence needed to express yourself. Stay tuned for more audio tips and tricks in our next episode and don't forget to get in touch if you have any comments or questions.

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