6 Ways You Can Add Production Value to Your Songs

Making your song bigger once you have the foundation can sometimes be the key in making a hit song. Make sure to consider these things when actually producing your initial song idea.

Adding backing vocals

Harmonise it, Add separate parts, add just general vocal ‘noises’. Anything you can add to the track that isn’t the main vocal essentially. This can create depth, introduce a new aural idea to the song or introduce charm, quirkiness or intimacy. Breaths can be seductive, shouts can incite energy and passion, grunts can add a percussive element.

Harmonies are pretty vital in most songs and can really create drama in a chorus. Look at any pop song and usually they have some kind of harmony in the chorus. Not just pop songs but really any song at all.

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Think about depth

Are you making the volume of some parts lower? Are you adding the correct amount of reverb to each instrument? You’ll notice this will have a significant impact on your track and how the ‘space’ of the song is perceived.

Have a clear picture going in on where you want every instrument to be in the mix. Do you want it close or far, panned left or right? Adding quiet instruments can help fill out your sonic space.

Add a shaker

If the genre and style permits it, add a shaker. Shakers occupy a space in the mix that is usually quite untapped. It can give a good overall sound to your track without stepping on the toes of other instruments.

Pads Ooh’s and Aah’s/ strings etc

Pad’s can fill the empty pockets of a song that you may want to occupy. The different varieties of pads are your main concern here. Would you like synthesizers, vocals ooh’s and aah’s or strings. These are the most common types of a pad.

It will also depend on the section of your song and the energy levels and style as to what you go with. You’ll know what choice is appropriate once you try it, or you could go against it and create something no one expects!

Extra guitar parts

For more production value adding multiple guitar parts and panning them can create a bigger ‘sound canvas’. This creates more width in the mix and makes the experience much more dynamic for the listener.

Make sure the guitars are not overlapping too much and give each other space in order to produce a fuller sound. You can create single line parts of chords voiced either high or low.

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Fills

Fills can break up the predictability of a song. As most songs have a lot of repetition in them, whether it be melody/harmony or rhythm, fills can really spice things up. It can be a vocal fill, a drum fill, a bass fill, whatever!

It can also be a chance to showcase a particular instrument and give the player some credit. Just make sure not to overdo your fills and sound like you are trying to hard!

Which techniques work for you? Let me know in the comments below?

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