This week I tried to teach myself something that can’t be taught!
I studied vibe. Vibe in electronic music (and probably in other music) is not just a good sound, but also a sort of “give” if you will. If a track has vibe, it’s well polished and distinguishable as the work of a seasoned artist. You can instantly tell an amateur artist apart from a hardened artist by the sound of their track/vibe. In modern electronic music, one of the worst things you can do is make a song stiff. When a track sounds stiff and automated it instantly is less appealing to a listener.
Here’s the 5 things I do to make a track have more vibe.
- Make notes not quantized, meaning make them not hit exactly on the bar or beat. This makes it sound less like a robot and more like a human. This can also be achieved by adding swing.
- Layer synths. If you’re going for a complex sound, layering synths is the most important part of the production.
- Give the mix space. Mixing and mastering are certainly not the most important part of a song, but if you space everything out in a mix, it will sound much better.
- Define each part of the mix. A muddy mix where all the frequencies mix together isn’t fun to listen to. Every sound fits nicely into at least one frequency range, so I try to define that range and cut the rest of the sound out.
- Use unique drum hits. I try not to use the same snare or the same bass that everyone else uses. Something as simple as having a unique-sounding snare can change the listener’s impression in an instant.
Listen to my track from this week here