It’s so intriguing how listening to a few seconds of a sound can alter our mood. Music is indeed one of the most powerful forces in the world. But what goes behind creating this powerful force?
What’s the days-long procedure behind a 3-minute sound? What is the procedure behind music production? We bring you a step-by-step analysis of how music is produced, specially in the Punjabi Music Industry.
An important thing to note is that not all music is produced in the below-given way. Every Punjabi music producer has his/her own style and every song is produced differently. This is the simplest and the most common way Punjabi music is generally produced.
Here’s The Process To Produce Punjabi Songs
The first step is the writing part. The lyricist writes lyrics for the song. This provides a base for the music producer to begin his production. It gives him an idea of what sort of beat or music will be most suited for the type of content the artist has written.
After lyrics are obtained, a perfect composition is prepared for the lyrics. The artist tries various sorts of compositions in search of the perfect composition for the lyrics. Composition is one of the most important points of music production because it will decide the basic melody of the song.
3. Dummy Vocals and Dummy Music Structure
Then, dummy vocals and dummy music structure is prepared. The word dummy implies that it is not the final product. Only the basic structure or the soul of the music is prepared and dummy vocals are taken from the singer. This process prepares the song’s initial face.
4. Final Vocals
After finding the perfect rhythm of the song in the dummy step, the singer gives his final vocals to the song. The work of the singer ends here, it is upon the music producer to produce the music best suited for the vocals of the singer.
5. Music Loops and Melody
The process of refining the dummy music that had been prepared begins. The dummy music is refined by giving various effects using instruments and other objects, which forms the melody of the music. Piano loops, drum beats etc. are added as per the need of the song and the choice of the producer.
6. Additional Live Music
This is the part where actual live instruments are played and the sound is added to the music structure. Instruments like Tabla, Flute, Harmonium and many more are played live and the basic effects are recorded, which are further added to the music structure.
7. Audio Mixing
This part basically gives us the final music going to be used in the song. The stereo form of music is obtained by mixing the audio. Mixing gives a sort of bridge between various elements of the music. All the elements are brought together to sound as a one-piece through mixing.
8. Audio Mastering
The process is already done, mastering is the final touch given to the music. It works as a song-polisher. The audio master checks if everything in the music is sounding great and is perfectly placed. This gives us the final song that we listen to in our free time, car ride, parties and everywhere.
The process might seem simple but it takes days and even months in finding the perfect rhythm of the song. What we see is just the final product, what goes behind it is a lot more complicated than we can imagine.
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It takes a number of artists to finally produce a song, it is not a one-man job. One might like a song or dislike it but there’s no denying that the artists have put their everything in an effort to entertain us and a hope that we might like it. It is beyond human understanding how music is so powerful. One reason is surely all of these artists.
We thank all the artists concerned with music, who work day and night to produce this powerful force called music!