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How To Produce Music In Nigeria

Here in this post, we are going to bring to you steps on How To Produce Music In Nigeria. We hope you find this informative and insightful.

For you to venture into producing music in Nigeria two things must be resident in the person’s life and they are love and passion for music. There is also a need to have some level of compassion for drums and musical instruments.

Having good ears for music cannot be overemphasized too. For one to produce music in Nigeria, one needs to have good ears for music in order to know when the sound is jam.

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To produce music in Nigeria, you have to be acquainted with the following:

1. Be Ready to Learn

Some people can learn on their own when there are passion and love for music. You can start by getting a personal computer and software that will aid you in learning.

There are different types of studio software, for example, Imageline FL, Cubase and Ableton Live. So many professionals started this way.

There is another way of learning called “Clinching”. This involves lobbying with a producer for some time to observe how things are being done in the studio.

A certain amount of money can be paid for such. Many people learn through this means even after using the software to learn because experience is the best teacher.

There are also schools that major in teaching upcoming music producers. Schools like Tenstrings and National Music school are experts in this aspect.

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2. Know The Cost of Learning

Cost of learning differs depending on the place and method of learning. One major thing that makes music production more costly is learning of musical instruments like piano and keyboard.

Learning keyboard is prerequisite to learning of music production. This is because most of Nigeria’s songs are played with same beating and instrument but the keyboard is not always the same, it changes.

3. Know the Success Story

Hard work is synonymous to a success story. There is no success story that comes without working hard, so to be successful in music production, you need to be determined in disciplining yourself to work hard in order to be successful.

4. Know How To Develop Yourself

A producer needs to work on developing himself or herself in the field. You don’t need to remain where you started from.

Studio software is being upgraded occasionally; mixer and other instruments are modified occasionally too for a better result.

If one now depends on the first knowledge, with time, he or she will be out of the market because he cannot cope with the competition going on in the industry. He has to be akin with the moving industry and what is in trend.

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5. Know About The Payment

Payment rises as the producer’s status rises. Definitely, what the topmost producers charge cannot be the same as what the upcoming producers charge because their resume had risen.

Having known these, let me now walk you through the steps you can follow to produce music in Nigeria.

Step 1: Try to Set Up Your Home Studio

Setting up a home studio should be the first basic thing to do. You don’t really need to have all the equipment found in a standard studio but picking the ones that will help you produce your music at home is an ideal thing. Once you get that basic equipment you are good to go. These are some of the equipment you will need:

  • A set of computer with the DAW software.
  • A digital audio interface (with 48v phantom power) connected to the computer
  • A microphone connected to your digital audio interface

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Step 2: Recording Audio

After setting up your home studio, you can start with recording audio. Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software is very good software that could be of great help when you talk of audio recording.

To start recording the audio, you need to create a new project by selecting New Project in the File menu of the DAW software. Then select “Empty” as a project type. When asked where to save, choose from the options provided.

Before recording, ensure that DAW can find the equipment you connected to the computer like a microphone.

After that, click the Inputs tab and then set the mono input to your microphone. Click the Outputs tab and set the stereo outputs to the respective speakers.

Once you finish setting up all these, go to Project menu and choose Add Track, then Audio.

Create the track you want and when you’re done, click Add Track. When you finish recording, press the stop button on the transporter. You can then play it and see how you performed. Constant practice on this will help you to master it well.

Step 3: Try to Use Virtual Instruments

It is so easy and awesome to your tracks using recorded instruments but it is much better to be more practical. This gives you access to different kinds of sounds you might not get from the recorded instruments. There is nothing like originality.

Once you master how to handle all the musical instrument, heaven would be your starting point in music production because you can easily lay your hands on any and achieve any beating that would suit your song.

A music producer that depends only on recorded instruments will not make it not to talk of going far in the industry.

In fact, he will just be rotating around the circle as others are moving forward. So aim at being practical and mastering all the instruments you can lay your hands on.

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Step 4: Set to Get a Good Mix

Some producers especially the upcoming ones would rather want to skip this part because it seems to be the most difficult when it comes to music production.

Although it is difficult, once you are able to get a good mix, the music will be equal to nothing in perfection. In the same vein, if the mix is poor, the music will not go far in the market and it is a rundown for the music producer as this would go a long way to tarnish the image labeling him an amateur.

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Chinonye Ikebaku

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