Creating a Song from Start to Finish
2. Production & Arrangement
Your song's arrangement is just as important as the words you are singing. Lyrics need structure just like a book needs chapters. And these song chapters helps tell the song's story.
It's fun to play around and experiment but it is important not to drift too far from what the listener is used to feeling when hearing a song. And we have a few options to choose from.
I don't play every instrument so I use a couple of programs that help me build a melody that I can then add guitars and other instruments to.
Some of the software I like to use is EZ Drummer and Bass.
Now that you've got your song mapped out and basic production elements have been decided on, it is now time to start recording and adding in your final production elements.
This is probably the most exciting step in the entire process, at least for me it is. This is where your song is brought to life. It is also when you get to wear your engineering hat and capture the best possible sound and sonics of each of the instruments and vocals.
The experience you create in the studio can also be great when working with other musicians. I'm always in awe of how talented these individuals are and how they play their instruments.
Mixing is an art form just as songwriting and recording is. It is when we take all of our recorded tracks and blend them in a way that they sound the best and best tells the story and emotion of the song.
We achieve this by using tools such as Volume Faders, Pan Knobs, EQ, Compression, Reverbs, Delays, and many other FXs. The goal is to unmask the recorded tracks so that so that they can all be heard through one stereo output track.
Mixing is many folks favorite step because it also includes special processing such as effects and automation. Mixing really elevates the listening experience.