A Complete Guide To Remote Music Production

So you’ve written a killer song. Sooner or later, you’ll want to give it the pro rendition the world deserves to hear. To accomplish this, there’s nothing like the experience of going to a recording studio to work on the perfect recording for your songs.

But sometimes, it is necessary to work remotely with a music producer to achieve the same result. In the age of Social Distance, we’re finding this out faster than ever.

In this guide, we’ll discuss how to work together with a music producer remotely to create high quality recordings of your music. Everything can be achieved with minimal technical knowledge, and you can get started in just a few simple steps.

What You’ll Need

  • Smartphone
  • Headphones
  • Laptop / Desktop Computer
  • Microphone & Audio Interface (Optional)
  • DAW Software (Optional)

The Process

  1. Write Your Song And Learn It Well

    If you haven’t already, you should finish writing your song, and know how to play / sing it well. It seems obvious, but it will make things much easier later if you know your own music inside out.

  2. Write Out The Lyrics (And Chords Too, If Possible)

    Not only will this help you work out the details of how the song should go, it will help the producer later on when they start working on the song.

  3. Find The Right Producer

    Spend some time researching the right producer for the job. You’ll want to find somebody with a proven track record in your specific genre. Look at websites, social media, past work samples, reviews / testimonials, and awards. When you make contact, they’ll give you further information about how (or if) they can help you, as well as the costs and timeline involved.

  4. Send A Demo Recording

    The producer will need to hear you singing your song to be able to tell if they can help you or not. Fortunately, there is a reasonably usable microphone built right into your phone. Record your rough demo using it, and send it to them.

  5. Communicate

    Once you’ve both agreed to work together, talk with them about the specifics of your project. Make sure to discuss price, what exactly is included, additional session musicians, is mixing/mastering included, revision policy, and project timeline. They will be happy to provide you a detailed description of what they will do for you and your song. Don’t hesitate to ask for clarification of anything that’s not clear. If possible, ask them to provide a contract with all the terms outlined in it.

  6. Provide Feedback

    At this stage, the producer can begin work on your song- they will go ahead and create the backing music for your song. You can wait in anticipation until they deliver the first draft! When they do, provide clear & detailed feedback, letting them know what you like and what you don’t like so much about the track.

  7. Re-Record

    Once you’re happy with the backtrack your producer has made, it’s time to re-record the final take.
    This time, you’ll need to sing along with the newly created backtrack. Use a pair of headphones to listen to the new track as you record the new vocal take. It could take some time to nail the perfect take, but it will be worth it.
    It’s obviously best to use a high quality microphone to record yourself, but if you don’t have one, your phone, again, should do the trick.
    Send the final vocal track once you’re happy with the performance.

  8. Enjoy the final track

    Finally, the producer has everything needed to create the final track – just wait for the producer to finish, and he’ll send you the stereo mix. If your producer is also doing the mixing and mastering, go through a final round of feedback / revisions, and once you’re happy, that’s it! Congratulations on a successful remote collaboration!

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