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    Production and Recording FAQ

    This FAQ is a work in progress. I will continue to add questions over time. If there is a question that you feel needs to be addressed, please send me a message and I will get that up as soon as I can.


    Q: How do I make a certain sound with a synthesizer?

    A: Instead of messing around with presets or trial and error, the best way is to learn how synthesizers work. Start by understanding how Subtractive Synthesis works. Subtractive synthesis is the most common method of synthesis used in music production. With this basic knowledge, you can construct many commonly found sounds in modern electronic music.


    Q: I'm new to all this and I'm not sure which software I should use? Which software is the best?

    A: There is no best software out on the market. Sure, you will see that some software, aka DAWs, are more popular than others but, everything you do in production all boils down to your skills. Your knowledge of the basics: music theory, synthesizer programming, and how the music you are interested in making is generally structured.

    Many companies offer demos/trials of their products that are fully functional. Other companies let you use their demo/trial software, but some of the advanced features may not be there or have a time limit per session.

    The best thing you can do is research. Read up on features and compare each. For the products you can demo, try them out as much as you can. See how the workflow in the DAW is. Ask yourself a few questions like: Do I feel comfortable with using this? Does the software offer enough features to keep me happy?

    Below is a list of companies that offer their products in a demo/trial fashion:

    Ableton Live

    Cakewalk Sonar X1

    Propellerhead Reason *start software in demo mode*

    Sony Acid Pro

    Steinberg Cubase

    Avid Pro Tools *read specific requirements*

    Other software:

    Logic Pro

    Garage Band

    Adobe Audition

    Below is a list of free software:

    Sony Acid Xpress

    Propellerhead Rebirth *requires you to be a registered Reason user*


    Q: Are there any tutorials on music production you can give me?
    Last edited by Jason Cerna; 02-16-2012 at 04:27 PM. | boogieburg | twitter @jasoncerna | instagram @jasoncerna

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