Managing time

If you’ve followed the advice in this book so far, then it’s time to learn the concepts, principles, and ideas behind a healthy mindset. An outlook designed for success is your best weapon in the music universe. The rest of this book discusses at length how to maintain your very own ideal mindset as a producer.

As mentioned in the last chapter, time is an important gear in your music-making machine. It’s always slipping by, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. So, the objective becomes how you can best optimize your life so as to have studio time on a regular basis.   For those just starting out, the best thing to do is to forget about tutorials, videos, and books (yes, even this book) and instead practice making music every day. Learning about advanced production techniques isn’t going to help if you can’t find time to sit down and actually practice those techniques.   The easiest way to begin is literally to start making music. Sit down whenever you’ve got free time and start building a loop or something. Create sounds for just fifteen minutes today. If you can set aside more time, awesome. If not, at least you’ve got fifteen minutes down. Now, do it again tomorrow and every day after that. Once you get that habit formed, add more time. Force yourself to sit down for an hour at a time.   Having trouble finding time? Here are a few things you can probably do less often or not at all:

●       Social networking (Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)
●       Checking email constantly
●       Watch TV or movies
●       Going out to bars or hanging with friends, girlfriends, boyfriends, lovers, etc.

I’m not saying the above things need to be eliminated from your life, but there is always something you can cut back on to make time for your music.

Productive environment (Part 2)

How do you achieve consistency? A solid starting point is by setting aside time each day for your music.   Time is the only thing every person runs out of. There will always be 24 hours to a day, 60 minutes to an hour, and 7 days to a week. The beautiful fact is that no one has more time than anyone else. Warren Buffett may never run out of money, but he’s on the same ticking clock as everyone else. Every successful producer knows this and devotes a large portion of their time to the one thing they truly love – their music.   If you’ve got a busy life and you’re not sure where to start, the first thing to do is determine how much flexibility you have in your schedule. If you have some degree of flexibility to your life, think about what your best time of day is. For example, I function best at night. Specifically the hours from 11pm through 4am, depending on my schedule. Some folks love getting out of bed at 5am to start their day early. Everyone has their own preference, and works best under different conditions. Figure out your ideal timeframe and try to produce during those hours.   If you don’t have room for schedule changes, then you should look at what you can cancel or reduce in your life. How will you hit that 10,000 hour point? If you keep a calendar, in either the physical or mental form, pencil in some free time where you will only focus on creating music. Yes, this might mean skipping the sports game, cutting back on dating, or staying up later after work. If you’re desperate enough to realize your dreams, you’ll find an opportunity to free up a few hours.   Many musicians I meet have a wife, kids, extended family, friends, day jobs, other hobbies, and more. Despite this, they make time to produce and release music. A few DJs like Claude VonStroke, Marcel Dettmann, Luciano, and others have wives, kids, record labels, and they tour extensively. Berlin DJ Rødhåd started his own label, began touring, and released new tracks all while having a day job. It’s not about if you are too busy, but how you will carve out the time for your music.   If you are dedicated to your art, any amount of time will suffice, at least when starting out. It doesn’t have to be 6 hours every day – even one or two hours an evening is a great beginning. Just get to it though, don’t procrastinate.

Tools: The last part to a productive environment is what tools you use. This point is rather simple, so I’ll keep it brief. If you don’t have any production tools, you obviously need some. An affordable beginner’s kit would include a computer with your preferred DAW (Ableton, Logic, FLStudio, Cubase, etc.), some headphones or cheap monitors, and only a couple plugins. I emphasize only needing a few plugins because it’s way too easy to drown in the indecision of finding new VSTs and plugins to use. You end up not mastering the ones you currently have.   If you already have a setup that gets the job done, then all you need to worry about is being able to practice. You don’t need the newest analog synthesizer, or the latest plugin bundle. Stick with what you have until you can make amazing music. If you get distracted by all the shiny new toys you could create music with, you’ll end up veering off the path to success. Having the latest Moog synth doesn’t matter if your music still sounds piss-poor. On the other hand, if you’re making incredible songs, you can do it with even the worst synths and effects.

If you’ve got a productive environment and all your puzzle pieces are aligned, it’s time to focus on building daily habits and routines.   Sit down whenever your new, modified schedule allows, and practice. Make a track. Try a new bass line. Experiment with compression. Do something everyday. Even at 30 minutes each day, you’ll be much happier and way more productive after a few weeks.   Forming habits are the best way to steadily progress towards your goals. TO many they may seem daunting, so here’s a simple way to look at building new habits:

1. Imagine whatever it is you want to add to your life. Maybe it’s mastering the art of EQing, or perhaps it’s creating a song every single day.

2. With a specific goal in mind, set aside at least 15 minutes every single day to practice working toward your goal.

3. Don’t worry about whether you will achieve the goal. Instead, focus on what you need to do today. Sit down and complete your tasks for today, and then don’t think about it until tomorrow.

Essentially, take it one day at a time. Before long you’ll look up six months down the road and see how far you’ve traveled.

Productive environment (Part 1)

So you’re in the mood, you’re hyped to make music, and you believe you can actually have a fighting chance at success. What’s next? A productive, positive environment. I mean this in the literal sense – a physical environment. Without a ‘safe haven’, a space dedicated explicitly for your music, you won’t be giving yourself a fighting chance.   A productive space is the single biggest contributor to an ideal mindset, outside of the mindset itself. There are three elements to a productive environment:

●       Location
●       Consistency
●       Tools

Location: If you’re going to take producing seriously, you need to have some sort of dedicated space or area. This offers some key advantages, the main one being fewer distractions.   Depending on your life circumstances, it may be relatively easy or quite difficult to set yourself up with a personal music studio, however no matter how tough it can still be done. I’m an advocate that nothing can stop you if you’re determined enough.   Back when I was a college student, my studio was nothing more than a laptop and headphones. Hardly the ideal environment. But it never kept me from learning and growing. A laptop and headphones are better than nothing at all. I spent many afternoons in coffee shops and many nights locked in my bedroom making bad music.   Now, my bedroom serves as my studio. Though I don’t have a spare room to dedicate, I still have monitors, a computer, headphones, and many other resources in my bedroom. And it hasn’t stopped me from producing.   If you’re settled down with a home and a family, the basement or spare bedroom can serve as your studio space. If you’ve got some extra financial resources, build your own studio. Whatever your situation, it’s important to have a space, no matter how small. You’d be surprised how beneficial having a refuge can be for your producing.   Last but not least, don’t forget there’s always room to grow. Have a laptop and terrible headphones? Save up for decent headphones. Have a bedroom? Invest in monitors. Have monitors and a computer? Start treating your room for acoustics.   Initially, don’t concern yourself with which kinds of equipment to invest in (that will be covered in a later book), but rather focus on the importance of having some sort of studio space.

Consistency: The best and most successful people in any field all share one thing in common – dedication. According to Malcolm Gladwell’s research in his book Outliers, it takes at least 10,000 hours to master a skill. The Beatles had played over a thousand concerts, seven nights a week, eight hours a day prior to blowing up internationally. Bill Gates had practiced coding and programming for over 10,000 hours by the time he was in college.   Time takes time. It’s probably a phrase you’ve heard before. You won’t be as good as the best producers unless you put in the same amount of time that they have. And the only way to achieve that mammoth amount of practice is consistency. You have to focus on your craft day after day, month after month, year after year.   Unfortunately, many aspiring artists quit after not seeing the results they had hoped for. The results will come, but you need to stick around long enough to see them. Patience is key.

Find your mood

If you’ve done away with limiting beliefs and you’ve got an open mind, the next step is to get yourself in the mood to make music. You can’t do calculus without simple, basic addition. Likewise, you can’t acquire the ideal mindset if you’re not in the mood to produce. So, that’s where we’ll start. The basic building block of getting in the mood.   If building an ideal mindset is a pyramid, then being ‘in the mood’ is the bottom layer. If you’re not in the mood to make music, you aren’t going to get very far. The goal then is to always be in the mood to produce. Unfortunately, that’s impossible. What is possible though is changing certain details so that you’re in the mood more often.   Everyone has different routines and practices, methods and approaches. Chances are you have yours too. If you’re brand new to making music, give it a couple months and you’ll find you’ve developed routines, perhaps without realizing it. Humans are creatures of comfort and habit, and when we find something that works, we tend to stick with it. The trick to more productive sessions is creating habits that are more efficient than what you’re currently doing.   In my experience, everyone has an ideal mood for making music. If you aren’t sure what yours is, then this chapter will help you tremendously.   To better explain what I mean, think of all your favorite artists. I’ve never met anyone who made a chart-topping track while they were pre-occupied with all the chores they had to do over the weekend. Or when they were busy thinking about the date they had planned the following week. Most producers are not caught up thinking about other things; they tend to be mentally prepared to make music when they enter the studio.   I have my own methods. I don’t sit down to write a track when I’m hungry or tired. I can’t focus when I’m hungry and I doze off when I’m sleepy regardless of how focused I am. Though you may not realize it, you likely have ideal mindsets where you work better too.   Try to recall the mental state you were in when you made what you consider to be your best songs. Ask yourself the following questions:
●       When have I produced my best songs?
●       Do I love to make music when I’m happy? Sad?
●       Do I vent my anger and frustration out into my music?
●       Do I feel more inspired when drunk, stoned, or on some other substance?

There is no correct answer. Everyone will have different ideals. Write down the answers to all the above questions and you’ll begin to see how and when you operate best. It could be that you can’t achieve proper mixdowns unless you’re sober. Or, perhaps you make very dark techno when you’re angry, but super melodic trance when you’re happy. Maybe you prefer sitting down in your studio only when you’ve got a giant mug of coffee and a pack of cigarettes. Whatever your ideal conditions, you’ll begin to discover what they are as you write down your answers.

Abandoning negative beliefs

The first and most crucial step to becoming a successful producer is getting rid of any negative beliefs you might have about yourself. It’s difficult to build good habits and create a healthy environment when you’re limiting your own success with faulty beliefs.   Below you’ll find some of the most common inaccurate beliefs. If you believe in any of these, write down the corresponding positive belief and set it as a phone alert daily, or write it on a sticky note and place it near your music workstation. Whatever you do, you absolutely must rid yourself of these falsehoods.   I will not make any money from producing. Positive Belief: Many producers make money from their art. While it may be true that you can’t make as much money from album sales these days, money is certainly not a problem when you’re getting regular releases. Think of music sales as exposure. If you get any royalties from your releases, then it’s a bonus. But really it’s exposure to build a fanbase so you can play gigs and make money that way. Gigs will pay better and better the larger your fanbase is. Also, it’s worth remembering that you won’t make any money from unfinished songs. Focus on the music now, worry about the money later. If money is your top priority anyway, you’re doing it for the wrong reasons.   No one wants to hear my music Positive Belief: There’s always an audience for even the narrowest of tastes. This is an irrational fear. People love finding new artists and new songs. If you think no one is interested, it’s likely due to one of three reasons: 1) You don’t think your music is good enough 2) You think there won’t be an audience for your style of music 3) You think fans don’t care about unknown artists Here is why those three beliefs are not true. Fans and music enthusiasts LOVE discovering new artists. There’s even a word for young people that thrive on discovering artists before everyone else – hipsters. If your music sucks, not as many will listen to it, but there will always be someone. Regarding the second point, there’s always an audience, no matter how niché the genre. There are billions of people on the planet, and millions of them listen to electronic music. They are all over the world. It may not ever be as mainstream as a Top 40 single, but there is certainly an audience. No matter how narrow your taste in music, there are others out there who like it. Finally, in response to the third point, if you think no one cares about unknown artists, you’re wrong. Many electronic music enthusiasts, and even more DJs love the thrill of discovering new, unknown artists. There’s something awesome about playing tracks in a set that no one has ever heard before. There will be an audience for your songs, and if you get your material in front of the right eyes and ears, people will listen to you and start following you.   I’m not good enough Positive Belief: I can always improve, or hire a mastering house to mix and master my music. This is the only belief where there may be some truth to it. But even if you are not great at producing, that is not an excuse to stop doing what you love. If anything, it’s a great reason to keep pushing forward.   I don’t know what to create Positive Belief: The music and inspiration will come. Producing electronic music is a process. If you don’t feel inspired immediately, either take a break for a few hours or just start making something anyway and let the inspiration eventually flow through you.   Granted, I don’t often utilize affirmations, but many people make use of them. If you can get by without them, go for it. The point is that you need to abandon detrimental beliefs that will hold you back from progressing and achieving success. Once you’ve conquered these hindering beliefs, you can then start building habits for success.

What it means to be a producer

There are many aspects to being an electronic music producer. You’ve probably read a thousand articles on techniques, tips, tricks, and mixing methods. This is all useful, but too many producers get stuck on technical skill when just starting out. As with any profession, and definitely with musicians, honing talent and skill takes time. It’s a very long process.   There are certain truths to producing that need to be understood and accepted. These truths are equally applicable to other professions and passions, but I think they ring especially true with electronic music producers.   Being a producer means:

●       Sucking for a while before you see results
●       Not always being in ‘the zone’
●       Building habits and sticking to them
●       Stepping out of your comfort zone
●       Devoting years of your life to music
●       Using whatever tools you have to your advantage
●       Understanding and bettering yourself
●       Forging relationships with others further down the path

Really internalizing and embracing each of the above truths is what will bring you the ideal mindset and allow you to think like a successful producer.   This book discusses specifically what you will need to do to achieve the right frame of mind. Though we’re all unique, there are commonalities we all share. All great singers have unique voices, but they’ve all probably taken vocal lessons or practiced singing extensively. Songwriters write different songs, but they all understand how to use a hook, chorus, bridge, and verse. And though every producer is different, all the successful ones have learned to think in such a way that does not hold them back from success. This mindset is what paves the way to achievement.

When first starting, many of us think that our favorite DJs and producers have one of the following:

●       Unlimited time
●       Endless creativity
●       Infinite inspiration

This is wholeheartedly false. Those who are enjoying the glory of success are simply making it work for their life. If making music is a high enough priority, you too will make it work in your life.   Every artist is different. Some operate best in the middle of the night. Others are most inspired early in the morning. Some prefer to use mind-altering substances for creativity. Still others use only hardware. Some use only software.list goes on. Everyone is unique in how they make music and their preferred environment. However, all of them share a common set of traits. This set of ideals or traits is what will take you to your producer’s mindset.   Though the practical application of each of these suggestions may vary from person to person, the goal is still the same: To learn how to make music consistently, and to continually improve. Every successful producer learns how to continually sit down, write some music, and finish a song. They all have figured out how to form a routine and develop a workflow that fits for them.   Though I hate this cliché, I find it quite true – the only thing stopping you from success is yourself. The rest of this book jumps right into a step-by-step guide for overcoming the obstacles holding you back and finding a process you can rely on to consistently make better music.

How To Become A Beat Maker

Creating your personal exceeds can certainly put cash in the bank, a admittance to your perfect home but been this made life-style. Nonetheless, you’ve got to be excellent. You furthermore is deserving of your present music to people, to allow them to purchase it! Whenever you notice a tunes video, you’ve got no thought simply how much arrange it takes to create. Receiving anything you need will require effort and a lot of endurance. It’s important to manage to emphasis together with strive.

People, who don’t succeed, are the type people which are pleased to generate tunes only for themselves. You might need desire as well as talent to really make it. Without any so what can be done… so lengthy. When you are not decided to some brand in addition to manufacturer, you can keep 100% from you’ve made. Involve a producer amongst others and so they obtain substantial minimize!

Here’s the secret to be able to being effective, presently be aware…

Then i heard beat makers for example Dr. Dre and Timbaland, in addition to Darkchild, also known as Rodney Jerkins. I loved these producers simply because they put a lot of sound which i was familiar with creating to their stylish hop beats and pop beats.

It is because within my existence like a beat maker and music producer, I spend the majority of time making beats and creating music. I do not genuinely have just as much time for you to relax like many people. I’m making stylish hop beats, rap beats, or r&b instrumentals, or I am focusing on marketing my beats to labels and tv systems, in addition to on multiple web sites.

After I create beats, I truly attempt to incorporate my signature seem of dramatic movie scores combined with smooth jazz, and keep the stylish hop beat simple for a rapper circulation into it.

Gaining access to software programs are the toughest part, these programs cost 100s of dollars. The good thing is you can test btv solo, the promotion cost only need 39.95 USD.

The entire process of creating rap beats, stylish hop beats, in addition to r&b instrumentals may be the fun area of the industry, and anybody who has only down to making beats can and really should be grateful that they’ll concentrate on the fun and inventive part although some other sucker needs to go and perform the relaxation from the dirty work.

Tips:

Earphones and studio loudspeakers play an important role in almost any music production particularly when making beats for example dub step that are very instrumental. Hence it’s vital to choose the earphones which have good reception and studio loudspeakers that can produce obvious sounds in order to have the ability to produce good beats.

Learning involves optimizing all aspects of a beat do that it may seem perfect which a vital aspect is. Finding out how to do seem learning isn’t usually essential for a novice for making dubstep beats. But you should learn it prior to starting or perhaps in the first steps because it enhances ones abilities and enables someone to produce quality beats.

Because of the truth that you will find variations of dubstep beats, it is usually important for you to pay attention to the various styles and understand which beat that they like most plus they will discover easy to make. It is because one will probably learn faster when they focus on the design and style that they like most instead of focusing on the design and style they don’t enjoy focusing on.

BTV Solo Sounds – Make Music Just Like the Pros

As a beat making software, BTV Solo already surpasses other similar software with the same purpose. One of the most interesting things about this program is the fact that multiple-platinum producer Dallas Austin has been consistently using this very same software in producing grammy award winning & billboard topping hits for a long time. Precisely the same – except for one primary distinction; you can easily install it on your computer in minutes and work on your music from there. So, now you ask: what about the BTV Solo sounds; how do they stack up compared to all the other beat making programs out there? Well for starters, Dallas and his team have been using these exact sounds and have spent years making and designing them to be good enough to use in some of the biggest hit songs you hear on the radio.

Of course, you’re concerned about the FX; but you need not worry…you’d be pleasantly surprised at the fantastic sounds you can create for such a reasonable price. Along with its sleek features, you’d be blown away by the quality of BTVSolo sounds and how much attention has been given to even the smallest detail. The more than 1000 superior quality samples and sounds that come with the purchase of the software alone are a major selling point already. They are giving you an entire library of sounds and samples that are worth thousands of dollars alone! Other sample kits don’t even have half as much samples, yet sell for five times the price of this software.

Just the Way You Like It!

BTV Solo sounds are so cool; they can actually blend together without any additional effects or processes. You can simply pick at random a few samples from various libraries, which were obviously perfected with meticulousness; you can tell right off the bat that a lot of time has been spent to come up with such flawless sound quality. If you want that clean track with a “recorded-live” feel to it, you are guaranteed sounds that are so crystal clear and highly polished; a simple vinyl effect can actually make your chosen sample style sound like it’s been lifted directly off of a record.

On the other hand, if you’re like some producers that prefer the raw, unpolished sound, you are given the option to make it as “dirty” as you desire. There’s a huge number of drums/percussion, strings, guitars, bass, and pianos to choose from; and a great selection of unaltered synth patches that you can fine-tune and manipulate in whatever way you want.

Do you want the best of both worlds? No problem. If you want to combine a bit of both raw and ultra-polished sounds, then do so by all means. This versatile software definitely allows you to do that with on-board mastering and real-time sequencing. You can even create and record your own samples; just load the preset samples into the auto-chop and you’re ready to rock and roll. Or if you prefer, you can import your own instruments, sounds and kits at any given time, which can be done in a heartbeat.

Be the Next Hit Maker

The bottom line here is, the sounds and samples you use are crucial to making your beats hot – or NOT. The included sounds are utilized by some of the music industry’s biggest names, precisely because, they’re hot. One of these days, an unknown producer is going to come out of nowhere and is going to use this software and come up with a winning track that’s sure to become a hit. And it could be YOU. With BTV Solo sounds (which is hands down, the hottest music creator on the market today) at your fingertips; it’s not far off at all. You just have to have this fantastic software to do so.

Great BTV Solo Review

THE SOFTWARE VS. THE HARDWARE VERSION

This is the same software that they use in the $1500 hardware version of BTV except it runs on your computer and that’s one of the main reasons they offer it at such a low cost. The main advantages of the software are that you can save and edit all your sounds and projects right to your computer. To make the deal even better is the fact that it comes with built in kits from platinum selling, multi grammy award winning producer Dallas Austin himself.

PRODUCE ANY STYLE OF MUSIC RIGHT FROM YOUR COMPUTER

The BTV Solo beat maker comes with all the tools you will need to make Hip Hop, R&B, Dance, Pop, Dubstep and any other genre of music you can think of – the possibilities are endless and are only limited by your imagination and it can all be done from the comfort of your home right on your computer (PC or MAC).

IT COMES FULLY LOADED WITH SAMPLES, EFX AND SOUND KITS

All the samples and kits have been professionally mastered and engineered to a professional level so you won’t have to waste time editing your kits to make them sound right.

The software works for Mac and PC, integrates a 16-Track sequencer, fully functioning digital EFX, 1000+ pre-loaded sounds, sampling, and waveform editing with an intuitive, user-friendly interface.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Bottom Line – This software was made by producers – for producers. It’s interface is simple to learn and let’s anyone whether beginner or pro, with or without experience make music instantly. It gives you access to real deal, pro quality sounds & samples that major producers like Dallas Austin have been using for years. These aren’t your average sounds that you can find online, these have all been carefully crafted to work well with any genre of music. You can import your own sounds and samples so that you have your own custom kits and huge library of kits at your disposal. This offer is great for many reasons – too many to write about here, but let me end by saying this…If you a veteran beat maker or has made beats before on another system then this will be second nature to you and is an all in one DAW that fills a lot of voids found in other products. If you are a beginner just starting to make beats or have played around with other inferior programs and are looking for a real deal beat making program BTV Solo is it.

More BTVSolo Questions & Answers

1. Does my computer can run this software? What’s the system requirements?

Well, you know the btv solo system can run in windows and MAC, so we will answer this questions divided:
For windows, the system requires 1GB RMB(or better), at least Pentium CPU, the system need windows XP or higher, and the free space is 900MB or larger.
For Apple MAC users, 1GB RAM like windows, system need OSX 10.6 or greater, and the free space is 900MB too.
Generally speaking, this software suit for the most computer, don’t worry about the system requirement.

2. How hard about this software? Is this easy?

Yes, we know most of us is not computer genius like bill gates. So the system creator also agree with this. This software not developed for computer geeks but for those who love music.

3. What’s the BTV Solo official website?

Easy, the answer is www.btvsolo.com

4. Do I need a MIDI keyboard to use BTV Solo?

Of course not. BTV Solo is totally stand alone and maps out an online keyboard onto your computer’s keyboard. Should you choose curently have one then it’s better still as BTV Solo will directly use your overall MIDI keyboard.

5. Why the price is so cheap?

First of all, the BTV Solo is 399 USD as usual, and we get the special price for our visitors and just for this month.
We would like to make a product which was affordable for everybody, something which will give everybody the opportunity to produce amazing music. It’s understandable that people we do hope you love BTV Solo and upgrade to conquer Thang Virtual or even the Beat Thang hardware, but BTV Solo is made to empower as many folks as you possibly can to create their very own music. You want to ensure that it stays in achieve of everybody because we like music and know you will find a lot of unheard artists, and we’re just waiting to listen to another number 1 debut!

6. Does it run online or as a desktop application?

It’s the same as every other application that you simply install in your Mac or PC -works likewise. You download it from the web whenever you make your account within our people area, then do the installation after that.

7. If I don’t like this software, any refund?

Yes, totally of course, 100% money back. If you don’t like this software or any other reason, 100% money back within 60 days. You will take no risk at all.