Create high-quality tracks with Overtune. Follow these 7 tips to enhance your music and produce professional-sounding compositions.
Music technology has advanced at a remarkable pace for the past 30 years. As a result, music creation is more accessible today than ever before. No need for expensive studio equipment and technical expertise. You just need a mobile phone and an app like Overtune — and you can create whatever musical piece you want.
Despite being more accessible, most music apps still have at least minor learning curves users need to overcome to be able to produce high-quality tracks. But, not to worry, we have made it our mission to make those as flat as possible so you can go straight to making and sharing your music.
In this article, you will find 8 practical tips on how you can make your music sound better with Overtune.
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To avoid echo and unwanted environmental sounds, you should use a microphone when recording in Overtune. Sadly, recording music and Bluetooth do not mix well. You will experience delays using a Bluetooth microphone which will damage your music's rhythm. That's why it's best to use a wired microphone. It doesn't have to be anything expensive. Apple's standard wired headsets will do just fine.
You have over 200 beat packs to choose from and each will have between 10 and 20 loops. Don't use all the loops available. Browse and pick your favourites. Think about how they mix together.
A good starting point is putting some keys or guitar together with a bass loop and a drum loop. It doesn't need to be any more sophisticated than that. A good beat leaves some space for your vocal performance!
Once you have selected the sounds you want to work with, think about the different sections of your track. The goal is to take the listener on a journey. The structure will depend on the nature of your composition and its length. As an example a typical track tends to look something like this.
There are usually a few verses and the Chorus is often repeated. The pre-chorus is not always present but serves to build anticipation for the chorus. You can read more about this here.
How best to structure your track depends on the nature of your composition. If you are making short-form content, then it probably doesn't make sense to use all the above sections. Perhaps only a short intro and a verse. A three minute song on the other hand could tick all these boxes.
The sections of your tracks should be audibly discernible to the listener. The intro should differ from verses, verses should differ from the chorus, and so on. You can use effects and transitions to create these impactful moments in your composition.
Most of the beat packs you find on Overtune include some FX loops. You can start by using them to create tension leading into your main section.
People are often afraid to add their vocals. It's such a shame since vocals are the elements that bring the entire composition together. You can use the recording screen to get immediate feedback until you've reached the perfect sound. If you're still unsure about using your own voice, you can apply many different vocal filters ranging from pitch changes to celebrities and iconic characters such as Morgan Freeman and Peter Griffin from Family Guy.
All beats follow a tempo of a given BPM, or beats per minute, but the BPM between tracks varies. If you are having trouble making your lyrics stick to your beat, try listening out for the beats. If it's too difficult, you can try adding some drums to the beat. Pay attention to how your head instinctively bounces along. This will help you get a sense for your beat and allows you to better fit the lyrics into the right flow.
When starting out with lyrics, repetition is good. Find a simple phrase and repeat it over your beat. Gradually add in a few words while maintaining the same sentence structure. You can also try writing your lyrics after you've come up with the basic melody flow.
Once you've gotten the hang of Overtune, you can take your tracks to the next level with layering. Overtune allows you to use up to four vocal tracks at the same time. Just press the + sign on the voice recorder to add a new vocal track. You can add some adlibs or harmonies to make things more interesting. Try using the different voice filters for even better results.
Jump into Overtune and put these tips to use. With your talent and Overtune by your side, you now have everything you need to produce high-quality tracks and music content that reflects your unique style.