For the third year in a row, music producer, Ktek of 3D Studio and Sounds, conducted the How to Produce Music
workshop. The class is free to the community, hosted through the Clayton County Library system, and held at the Headquarters location.
Ktek is a local produce with over eleven years in the music industry. His certifications include certified ProTools Operator and certified Audio Engineer. He enjoys taking time out of his busy schedule to share ‘Tek Tips’, as well as a few industry secrets to those who are serious about taking their music production to a professional level.
Here are a few highlights from the evening.
With today’s technology, you don’t have to go into a major studio or know how to use expensive software in order to create a track. Music can be created with software on your Smartphone, an internet connection, and a Google+ account. The internet has evened the playing field. Anything you need, from knowledge on music production, to software can be found, for free. If your willing to put in the work, software, programs, computers, and studio equipment, can all be found for reasonable prices.
Because many people have jumped in, looking to make large paychecks, and then realize the amount of work involved in order to build a name and produce a product. Discouraged, they often give up. As a result, they seek to recoup as much money as they can from buying new equipment and programs. Sites such as Craigslist, local newspapers, and pawnshops can be gold mines when it comes to acquiring affordable tools needed to get you started.
|“Being able to express yourself is a way to deal with everyday problems. It’s a way to keep kids out of trouble. It’s something no one can take away from you. Money is not the only pay off available when making music.”
Digital Music Production is a hard career to master. You’re not only learning how to be a musician, you’re learning how to be a computer technician, how to format, change, compress, and un-compress digital packages whether it’s songs or lyrics. Music production is more than just making hot beats, anyone can do that. In order to be successful, you have to know how to market your music. There are more places for music placement than just record labels. Businesses, even within the community, are in need of music for commercials, and can become a valuable source of income.
If music production is your goal, make sure you have a general knowledge of audio and sound. Knowing what sound is, how it acts, and how you can manipulate it are a key part of music production.
The basic building blocks in any track are rhythm and melody. Learning music theory is good, but once you know it, you can find ways to make it work to produce the music you want to make.
It is important to have a general knowledge of music and sound whether your making music for yourself or for the industry.
You don’t have to have the latest programs and tools in order to make music, no matter what the industry says.
Master your tools and software. It comes in many different forms, ranging in various prices. It doesn’t matter which one you prefer, ProTools, Reason, Fruity Loops, or any other product on the market, in the end, they all do the same thing. Mastering the use of the software is key. Once mastered, you can make the software do what you need in order to produce high quality music.
Afterwards, he shared a few of his tracks, demonstrating the correct technique to develop your own sound. To hear examples of Ktek’s music production, visit his Soundclick
For those interested in learning more about Digital Music Production, Ktek offers one-on-one classes in music production and building your own studio on a budget. If interested, you can contact him through the following links:
3D Studio and Sounds can also be found at nearly every event at the Clayton County Headquarters Library involving live music and entertainment. This Saturday brought a representative of 3D Studio and Sounds back to the library to provide music as the back drop for the Adult Summer Reading Program “Between the Covers” Kick Off.
Keep an eye on the calendar of events for the Clayton County Headquarters Library to find out when the next music production class will be held.