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Referencing the big names

How do I make tracks that sound like the biggest producer? If you want to release tracks on labels you have to be able to match the big names in the industry. The first step to do this is to compare their tracks to yours.

It is important to remember tracks from big labels will be heavily mastered so your track will not be as loud or as bright but you should be aiming close to this end result.


STEP 1

Download a track from your favourite producer and critically listen to it in detail.

STEP 2

Open your latest track and the track you are referencing in your production programme (Albeton, Cubase, Reason etc)

STEP 3

Adjust the levels of both tracks so they appear to be the same volume.

STEP 4

Ask yourself some of these questions :

How long is the track?
What is the structure of form of the track?
How are the main ideas / hooks used?
How many different instruments / synths are there in the whole track?
What is the rhythm of the track? E.g. Straight 4/4, Breakbeat, Dutch etc.

STEP 5

Listen to the sound content in detail.

How does the bass sound? Is it low and deep or is it tight and punchy.
Does it sound brighter / sharper than my track and why?
What are the main instruments / parts which stand out? E.g. Has it got a big bassline, are the drums the most important or the vocals.

STEP 6

Try and ask yourself as many questions as possible and be as critical as possible on your own music.

STEP 7

When producing your own tracks import a copy of a professional track into the mix. Check back to this and use it as a reference as you work.