5 Mistakes that Music Producers do

In this article, you will learn 5 mistakes that most music producers do and will ruin your music career before it even begins.

There are many pitfalls to avoid for music producers. You may have great melodic ideas in your head, but then your hard drive still ends up being filled up with unfinished projects that are just sitting there.

Music production is not easy, but there are steps you can take to save yourself from a lot of trouble. Let’s dive into five steps that should be avoided in your music production.

Working for many hours on a track causing ear fatigue.

After working on the track for countless hours you’re going to be suffering from various degrees of ear fatigue. Once you’ve finished with the mixdown, let the tracks sit for a while at least a week. You can then come back to it with fresh ears, and do the final tweaks. 

It can also be a good idea to have other people listen to it to get some feedback. Test the mix on various systems, it’s impossible to get it to sound perfect everywhere though. The best you can do is to make it sound decent on most systems. 

Don’t over tweak your sounds.

Make sure you don’t spend too much time tweaking. A lot of people fall into the track that might be finished, but then they end up, endlessly tweaking it to death, making it sound worse and worse.

The best thing you can do is to let the track sit for a while without listening to it. Then come back and make the final tweak.

It’s natural to think it can always be better but seriously it’s possible to tweak a song for 50 years without ever being 100% happy with how it sounds. At some point, you’ll just have to tell yourself that it’s good enough and be done with it.

Don’t spend too much time on mixing.

Remember, when you start a new project, you’re always in a race against time trying to get all the important elements in place such as your chords, lead vocals, melodies, and so on, and do just a rough mix down as you go. Then, once everything is in place, you can do a final and proper mix down when the track is done.

Use a reference track, find a professional track that’s similar to what you’re making.

Drag it into your DAW and keep it on top of your playlist at all times. You can now use this as a reference, it will make it easier to determine how long the various sections should be, where the transition should be, and so on. Study it and figure out what makes the arrangement work, don’t just copy it, it’s not cool. However, it’s perfectly okay to use it as a guide.

Speed is the key to finish tracks.

You need to get the job done before you get sick and tired of the track. Try to lay down the basic arrangement from the very start, figure out where your breakdown and drop are going to be, and so on.

It can be a good idea to lay down the main kick for example, so that you have a basic idea of how the structuring will look like. This will make it easier to fill in the missing pieces.

Whatever you do, don’t listen to your track more than you have to while working on it. You might have a great melody going and it’s natural to want to listen to it on repeat. But that’s the one thing you must not do. 

This will cause you to get tired of it and you will end up you making changes to that melody that was great, to begin with. In other words, you’ll end up ruining it. 

So, always listen to your track melody as little as possible whenever you can, and don’t let it play in the background for no reason. 


Avoid doing these ‘5 Mistakes that Music Producers do‘ and I’m sure you will speed up your workflow and hopefully make better tracks.

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October 19, 2021