Are you looking to get your music into television shows or films. Well, you may be thinking that you can't afford the facilities or equipment necessary to create broadcast-quality tracks. However, you don't need a million-dollar recording studio to produce excellent quality, broadcast-ready production music. In fact, You don't necessarily need a studio at all.  These days, anyone with a good ear, a little knowledge, and a laptop can record, edit, and mix great sounding, broadcast-quality production music tracks in their bedroom or basement with minimal investment. In this blog series, Making Music, we'll discuss several of the steps you can take to make your production music recordings sound more professional, from planning your music's structure, to adding the right amount of reverb, to fine tuning your master compressor.

     But before we do that, let's get back to the point: What is Broadcast-Quality? Well, there is no definite answer to that question, but there are several basic rules of thumb to follow:

  • The overall sound level should be consistently high, but not peaking.
  • The recording must have a low noise floor. 
  • The instruments and vocals must be in tune.
  • The rhythm must groove!
  • The overall EQ should be relatively flat.

     We'll be discussing all of these points and more in future blog posts, so stay tuned to the Production Music  Blog Series: Making Music for the latest tips for improving your production music. And feel free to share your own tips with the community by using the comment form below.