Top 20 Music Production Tips of 2018

This year-end roundup looks back at some of our favorite and most-popular articles about music production. Check out our 20 best music production tips.

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Music Production Tips

Music production is one of the most exciting pursuits in the music industry. It is the creative force behind the music we all know and love. Music production is also a diverse process with many fascinating facets. From recording to marketing and beyond, this creative field is the lifeblood of the music industry.

This year-end roundup looks back at the best music production tips of 2018. These guides will help you further develop your creativity as a music producer. You’ll also learn the art and technology of music production to create professional sounding music.

1. Music Production Workflow Tips

Music Production Workflow

This guide offers music production workflow advice that will help you maximize productivity when creating music with Ableton Live.

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2. How to Isolate or Remove Vocals from a Song

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Looking to remix a song with a stellar vocal or create a mashup and need the acapella? This guide shows you how to isolate or remove vocals from a song. Learn how to isolate vocals with phase cancellation in both Ableton Live and Logic Pro X. You’ll also learn how to separate vocals from a song with Music Rebalance in iZotope RX 7.

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3. How to Perfectly Tune Drums in Ableton Live

Tune Drums

This mixing guide looks at five effective methods used to tune drums in Ableton Live perfectly. Learn how to improve your mixes using these various drum tuning techniques.

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4. 3 Easy Bass Layering Tips for Creating Better Basslines

Bass Layering

What is bass layering? This guide outlines effective techniques on how to layer bass tracks in Ableton Live. Learn how layering bass will make your basslines sound more powerful, full, and present in the mix.

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5. Basic Music Theory for Beginners – The Complete Guide

Basic Music Theory - Musical score with laptop and headphones

This basic music theory guide looks at fundamental concepts musicians use to understand, analyze, perform, and create music.

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6. 8 Tips on How to Finish Songs Faster and Not Get Stuck

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Are you feeling stuck and having trouble finishing your songs? Here are some songwriting tips to help you finish songs faster when feeling stuck.

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7. 5 Tips to Make an EDM Drop More Powerful

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Learn how to maximize the impact of your EDM drop. This guide outlines five techniques to make your drops sound bigger and louder.

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8. How to Improve Your Mix with Field Recordings and Foley

Field Recordings - Zoom H6 Recorder and Laptop

What are field recordings? And, what is foley? Learn how to transform recorded audio of everyday sounds into unique samples for your music projects.

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9. How To Build An Ableton White Noise Generator

White Noise Generator

ICON Instructor Paul Laski explains how to enhance your mixes with white noise and demonstrates how to build a custom White Noise Generator Instrument Rack in Ableton Live. Free White Noise Instrument Rack download included!

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10. How to Humanize Your Drums in Ableton Live

Humanize Drums with man playing drums
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Learn how to make programmed drums sound more realistic. This guide offers five techniques to humanize drums in Ableton Live and make them more expressive.

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11. How to Make a Drum Rack in Ableton Live

Ableton Live Drum Rack

What are Drum Racks? This Ableton Live tutorial introduces the Drum Rack and shows you how to create drum kits. Plus bonus workflow tips to advance your beat making skills.

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12. Tips for Recording Vocals in Ableton Live

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Learn how to record vocals in Ableton Live. This guide takes you through the steps for recording vocals and offers tips for capturing perfect vocal takes.

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13. Ableton Live: Creative Auto Pan Tips

Auto Pan

ICON Instructor Paul Laski introduces you to Ableton Live’s Auto Pan effect and demonstrates how to use the device in creative ways.

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14. Ableton Live: Creative Reverb Rack

ICON Instructor Jerry “BigJerr” DiPhillippo takes you into Ableton Live to create a custom Reverb Audio Effect Rack that injects rich, epic vibe to your mix. Free Reverb Rack download included!

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15. How to Use Ableton Live Vocoder on Vocals and Drums

Ableton Live Vocoder

This guide introduces the Ableton Live Vocoder effect and shows you how to use it on vocals and drums. You’ll learn how to set up the device, create classic robotic vocal effects, and layer drum sounds.

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16. How to Layer Sounds in Ableton Live

ICON Instructor Jerry “BigJerr” DiPhillippo takes you into Ableton Live 10 and demonstrates how to layer sounds. Learn how to create a fuller, more vibrant vibe using chord extensions and stacked instrument layers. Includes FREE Ableton Live Project download!

17. How to Energize Your Drum Fills in Ableton Live

Drum Fills

This guide looks at an effective technique popularized by Kermode that quickly generates drum fills in Ableton Live. Includes a free Tom Fills sample pack download!

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18. Music Theory: Chord Extensions

ICON Instructor Jerry “BigJerr” DiPhillippo takes you into Ableton Live 10 and gives an in-depth lesson on how to improve harmonic progressions with chord extensions.

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19. Tips to Make Music Sound More Interesting


This guide offers several effective techniques that will make your music sound more expressive and interesting. It also outlines ways to capture your listener’s attention.

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20. Sound Design: Growl Bass in Serum

ICON Alumni Kompany takes you into Xfer Serum to create a Skrillex style growl bass. Free Ableton Live Project and Serum Preset download included!

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