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Old 03-11-2012, 06:20 PM   #1
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Most important terms producers should be familiar with?

What do you guys think the most important terms a producer should likely know? Feel free to add onto this.

1. Clipping
2. Compression
3. EQ
4. Mix
5. Master
6. VST
7. Plugin
8. DAW

That's all I got for now.

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Old 03-11-2012, 06:42 PM   #2
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Old 03-11-2012, 06:43 PM   #3
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Re: Most important terms producers should be familiar with?

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What do you guys think the most important terms a producer should likely know? Feel free to add onto this.

1. Clipping
2. Compression
3. EQ
4. Mix
5. Master
6. VST
7. Plugin
8. DAW

That's all I got for now.
is this in relation to the other thread about music tech knowledge?

i would say that DAW, Plugin and VST arent important. you know what they do right?

i think for mix and master it's crucial to know the difference. theres a lot of people on my course that show me a track and say 'oh it's not fully mastered yet' when they mean its not mixed.

if i were you and i was trying to build up some knowledge on this stuff id look at it differently. you've been making tracks for 3 years right? maybe look at processes you do in almost every track and if you dont understand what theyre actually doing, just what they sound like, go away and learn about them!

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Old 03-11-2012, 10:08 PM   #4
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Re: Most important terms producers should be familiar with?

1) Nyquist Frequency / Nyquist-Shannon Sampling Theorem.
2) Fourier Series / Fourier Analysis
3) Most of music theory terminology. If you're producing for someone, and don't know that Natural Minor / Harmonic Minor / Hungarian Minor are different, they should have the right to punch you.

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Old 03-11-2012, 10:10 PM   #5
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Re: Most important terms producers should be familiar with?

Clipping.

stop making your song clip oh my god it doesn't need to be that loud or distorted
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:15 PM   #6
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Everything takes a long time, never instant, and is never perfect perfect.


that's the only terms you er...... have to come to terms with

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Old 03-11-2012, 10:38 PM   #7
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Clipping.

stop making your song clip oh my god it doesn't need to be that loud or distorted
I already listed clipping, lol.
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:51 PM   #8
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Everything that is relevent to what the producer has in mind of his/her track.

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Old 03-11-2012, 10:52 PM   #9
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Musicality, theory, relative pitch, composition, arrangement, creativity, technique...

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Old 03-11-2012, 10:55 PM   #10
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Re: Most important terms producers should be familiar with?

I guess it would be different for everyone, but I would say some form of theory, chords etc

Not really a term, but yea

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Old 03-11-2012, 11:37 PM   #11
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:44 PM   #12
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I already listed clipping, lol.
oblivious troll?

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Old 03-11-2012, 11:52 PM   #13
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:53 PM   #14
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Re: Most important terms producers should be familiar with?

I'd say figuring out the best places to pirate sample packs and presets. Most people these days don't even design their patches, they just post on forum's pretending they know what they're talking about...Dead serious, half the posts in this thread mention things that don't even have to do with digital audio. Like clipping, this is music not a fucking coupon book. wtf?




Serious answer: If you seriously want to be a "producer", then you're going to have to know all of it fucking inside and out, so just pick one thing and learn it, then learn the next thing while refining the first, then move onto something else while refining the last two. Have people here liked never tried to seriously dedicate themselves to something before? I hate to seem pissed but seriously, if you want to be good at anything YOU JSUT FUCKING GOD DAMN DO IT! OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER

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Old 04-11-2012, 12:01 AM   #15
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Gain, volume, trim, input, output, pad (as in -10dB pad, etc), various synth waveforms, microphones (dynamic, ribbon, condenser), pre-amp, signal chain, and terms pertaining to digital audio (sample rate, bit rate, bit depth, AD/DA conversion, quantization, etc.).

These are pretty important I think.

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Workflow - develop ways of working where you can get musical ideas down quickly and effectively. You can hone and improve them later.

Groove - find ways of getting electronic music to have a rhythmic identity that ties together whatever individual melodic/harmonic/noise elements you've got going on.

EQ - If you want clarity or punch, or a whole load of other qualities to your sounds, this is something you have to play around with and get to know. You don't necessarily need to be able to construct hyper-complicated and intricate EQ setups, but you need to be aware of how the frequency pictures of different elements interact with each other.

Compression - Another essential production tool. Again, get stuck in and play around, repeat a few hundred times and be aware of different approaches that people have come up with over the years and you'll be well set.

Filters/distortion - not as essential, but a very useful set of tools (and very large toolbox) for coming up with new sounds and vibes.

Most important of all is to remember to try to express yourself. There's nothing more boring than listening to something trying to be something else, with nothing personal in it at all.

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Old 04-11-2012, 01:43 AM   #17
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The "Terms" of the Contract.

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The "Terms" of the Contract.
Honestly this. The actual career of producer is NOT the same thing or interchangeable terms. A producer is the guy who, typically, represents the labels interest in the production and helps act as an intermediary between the artists/mix engineers and label so both can be satisfied with the final product. The mix/mastering engineers are the guys who spin the knobs, and pressy record and play and stop a bunch of fucking times. Very different things.
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