As far as I know, you can not teach yourself how to create music. Making music is one thing, but recording, mixing and mastering are involved as well. It’s not a coincidence that there are a lot of professionals that make their living by doing this. Getting to this professional level takes time and you can not do this alone. But, as a start, you can get some passive help.
That is why I have some theoretical guidance.
Already some years ago I was looking into recording some music, however, I never got that far. But I still have a book lying around that has quite some useful information. It’s called ‘Modern Recording Techniques’ – the 7th edition by David Miles Huber. This book has over 600 pages that describe a lot of useful stuff, from basics to practical tips. So far I’ve only read a few chapters, but it has already added a lot of value. Important chapters contain the following topics:
- Sound and hearing
- Studio acoustics and design
- Microphones: design and application
- Digital audio technology
- Digital audio workstation
- MIDI and electronic music technology
- The art and technology of mixing
- Signal processing
- Noise reduction
All this information should give me a lot of basic knowledge and could help in creating my first song.