March 20, 2015
The Importance of Technology in Music Production
Technology is becoming more and more important within the world of music production. Any kind of music that is recorded for the purpose of being shared is being produced. There are more programs that will help to speed up a tempo, compress some of the sounds, and even remove some of the background noises.
Whether you plan on making a career within music production or not, you need to be aware of how technology is being used. If you’re an artist and want to create a music video, or you’re a band and want to record your first solo, there are applications that will do a lot of the work for you. It will help you smooth out the sounds and add some unique special effects.
Minimalist beats, for example, can be achieved through the use of different software programs. There is silence in between some of the beats, which can contrast against some of the more intense sounds of a track. This silence has a way of creating a palpable beat that people feel rather than hear.
Side chaining is a technique that has developed recently through the use of new technology. It is a production technique that began in Europe and has been spreading down into India, Australia, and even across to the United States. It involves quieting the harmonies that have been synthesized each time a kick drum begins. This is known as a “breathing” effect and has been used by a number of mainstream artists in the past few years.
There are also pitch shifting programs that are making an impact on how sounds are produced. The sound you start with when you are up on stage with a microphone or in a recording booth is going to be very different than the finished product if you are using any kind of technology. Some people say that it is destroying music while others say that it is improving music.
The level of technology used by a DJ in today’s times can be considered the highest because they are taking a sound and then remixing it and re-engineering the sounds in a variety of different ways to appeal to the crowd they are playing to.
There are many courses that will teach you what you need to know about the technology and music production as a whole so you can be at the level you need to be. As you learn about the ways to produce your music and even produce the music of others, you can obtain the skills needed to produce a better sound that can be shared with the masses. What you do to raw music for sharing online can be very different than how you would prepare it for going on an album.
The reason you need to learn about the technology is to understand how it is impacting the music that you create, how it can make improvements, and how to use it responsibly to get the sounds that you desire most. Without truly understanding and embracing the technology that exists today, you would be behind the times and unable to produce sounds similar to those within the music industry.