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OneStrum Media is your number one stop for music production needs. OneStrum Media is located in Cleveland, Tennessee. We are ready to help you take your great idea and bring it to life for everyone to hear.We are here to help you. We will be upfront about every step toward getting your record complete.

Does your song have substance or is it just another song with a redundant message?

Like most of us in the world of music, I’m sure you have an idea of what sounds good to you but, what sounds good to your audience?

Is there something in our society that needs to be said through your lyrics and can you produce the sound to carry the message?

These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself when writing a new song. Don’t think what you write is insignificant when it has a story behind the lyrics or the music. Because something you say may affect your audience.

The first step is writing the lyrics and determining the melody and chord progression that fits. Take your time and remain calm through this process or you will stress your way out of creativity.

When you are finished making your edits to the song, take the time to chart out the song for your studio session. This consists of knowing the Nashville Number System and all the shapes for change, pause, tempo, etc…  Check out this tutorial on charting the Nashville Number System.

Although everyone functions in a different manner, the overall process of production remains the same.

Don’t get me wrong, the best way to learn is by doing. Please don’t spend all your time planning and not playing. the whole purpose of this information is to equip you to play and make a record of your creativity.

Feel free to leave comments, advice, or questions.

 

When using a Production house

When starting your production be sure that your engineer/producer understands the purpose and intention of your song.

The worst thing to happen in a studio production is when the engineer/producer doesn’t understand the songs purpose.

Speak to the engineer and give him/her the story behind the song. This is important because the engineer is responsible for reproduce your sound. You would be very upset if your R&B sounds like a country song.

Once you have explained the purpose and meaning of the song, step back and let them work.

Only interrupt your production if it is not going in the direction you want it to.

Don’t be to difficult. Make the production as easy as possible.

Using a Microphone 

Microphone placement can determine the sound quality of the instrument or vocal you are recording.

Vocal microphones vary and choosing the right mic for your vocal can make or break a song. So take the time to check out different mic’s and find your favorite microphone.

Three steps to producing an album

  1. Recording the tracks (Recording Engineer)
  2. Editing/mixing the tracks (Editor/Editing Engineer)
  3. Mastering the tracks ( this is putting the icing on the cake)(Mastering Engineer)

During Production

During production, record as many takes as possible. Because with todays technology you can cut and paste all of your good takes together to get the ultimate track.

On the other hand don’t get over picky with yourself. The engineer will know if your take is good. Sometimes we a artists  have a tendency to over complicate things and stop the production flow because we are our own worse critic.

Finally when the sessions are completed you will need to have your own portable hard drive to save your sessions on for future production edits or mastering.

At Last

  1. Make your intentions known to the crew and be open for suggestions
  2. Work with the engineer and/or producer to get the product you desire.
  3. Understand your studio environment and is it conducive to what your music needs are. Do they have the chops to to produce your music.
  4. Ask what is the history of the studio?
  5. Don’t be overly picky or your album will never be complete. It is okay to state what you would like to have in your album, but don’t be difficult.

 

WHAT DO YOU MEAN, YOU WON’T PLAY IT ON THE RADIO.

For to many years the music production industry has relied on radio stations to make their music popular.

The marketing strategies for music have changed in the past ten years due to the internet and file sharing.

The past is gone! Take the time to learn the multiple options that are available to modern musicians and producers. For instance did you know that you can get your music placed in movies and television series buy simply submitting it through web services like www.taxi.com.

There are many different ways that people like you or me can market our songs.

Don’t depend on others to find the distribution avenues you need to make a living at producing your music.

Lets talk about streaming services and what they offer. From what I have found, unless you get 1million or more plays on a streaming service you can’t make much money. But that doesn’t mean you don’t do it. It can help make your songs popular and take provide an avenue for your music to get placed in film or tv.

Take the time to plan out your marketing it will work in your favor. To many times we give up to soon and don’t stay for the long hall. Its all going to be okay.

If you have any questions please feel free to leave it in the comments.