Tips to develop your own sound, and be a unique producer

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The global dance music scene is growing really big and the number of artists is also on the rise.

Seeing the immense potential in the industry, many youngsters are training to become DJs and producers and most people who start off in different genres of music, finally end up in EDM. While the situation is such, it is quite important for a rising DJ and producer to find his own music. Getting lost in this EDM ocean is quite easy, but we have got some tips for you to create distinct music which will give you a unique identity as a producer!


Keeping It Real

Before we jump into anything major, let’s take it back to the roots. We believe the most important aspect of the creative process is to be original. Some production techniques and styles within certain genres should always stay the same, as that is often what makes it what it is. But, beyond the precise framework, it should be your duty as an artist to place a heavy emphasis on making some things sound different.

These days, the current dance music scene is far too saturated for any newcomers that aren’t offering something new. So, think about how you want to develop your sound and think about how you’re going to avoid sounding like everyone else.

Create A Bespoke Library

Creating a new and improved sound production library brings the perfect opportunity to do some much-needed purging. Before filling your lovely new filing system with average samples, delete those that do need to meet your new standards of sound quality and practicality. Let ‘em burn.

It’s important to spend a bit of time of each section so that you can really get down to the nub of what your sound is. Don’t be afraid to get rid of well over half of your samples that don’t cut it. This way you can be certain that what you have left is the crème of the crop and more importantly, representative of you.

Having 70 snares or high hats that sound incredible is much more useful than having 3000 that sound average and flat.

Organise Your Sounds

Now you have a tight collection of samples in your repertoire it’s time to start filing them into your newly designed organisation system. To make the most out of this, it’s your responsibility to create a system that works best for you.

The goal is to consolidate all of your sounds in a way that enables easy and fast access. If you can collect any sample that you wish at any given time, simply and easily accessible – your work is done. Starting with a genre and filtering down to instruments is a great place to start.

Second, it’s often a good practice to create a sub-section aside from your main samples exclusively for the top-tier samples, a collection of your golden favourites, if you will. If you like, these go-to’s could provide the backbone to the majority of your records, it’s these touches that often define your sound.

At each stage as a rising producer, educating yourself will be crucial. We hope this bit of information made a small value-addition to you.

Source: Toolroom Records

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