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Music Production 101 With: Novado
Novado
’s impressive catalogue of DJing performances and his own productions is something special. He has taken the Dance music industry by storm over the last few years and is continuing to grow at a lightning pace. We know a lot about him, but we always want to know more, so we caught up with him to learn more about what he does in the studio and how he makes his magical productions come to life!

1 – Were you self-taught?

For the most part, yes. After my first few years of learning production on my own I took a production course at AP Academy in Stockholm. I also made friends with one of the teachers there who gave me private classes for a while and let me sit with him in the studio while he mixed tracks, which helped a lot.

2 – How did you develop your music production skills and talents?

A lot of it honestly came from just putting a lot of time into it. Especially in the first years when I got started it wasn’t uncommon for me to spend anywhere between 10-16 hours a day on producing! When you spend so much time on something you’ll naturally develop your skills.

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3 – Where do you get your inspiration from when producing new music?

I go out a lot and also play a lot of gigs myself. My main inspiration comes from moments during a night out where the music really grabs your attention and cuts through the haze, so to speak. You can feel when a vibe like that is created on the dance floor and things go from just being surface-level fun to having a deeper side to them.

4 – What’s the typical process you go through when working on a new tune?

I will typically start with a melody or by writing a chord progression, that’s usually where my inspiration comes from!

5 – Do you have a specific method of production you stick to?

The process I try to follow is based on building a track starting with the creative parts and moving down to the technical parts from there.

6 – When you are producing, what are your go-to plugins and equipment?

When it comes to processing plugins, I use Logic’s internal stuff and the Waves series for the main part. I do use other third party plugins too; I love the FabFilter EQ and their distortion plugin Saturn. I use the Valhalla reverb all the time too.

I’ve got a pretty simple setup, with a pair of Yamaha HS-8 monitors and an AKAI midi keyboard. It all really happens in the box!

7 – What’s your favourite synth?

Right now it’s Serum by Xfer. I use Spire by Reveal Sound a lot too.

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8 – And your favourite sample pack?

I think Audentity have some great sample packs, Sample Tools by Cr2 also put out some great stuff.

9 – Do you have a favourite plugin for your mixdowns and masters?

That would be the FabFilter EQ, I use it all the time!

10 – What plugins/equipment is on your master channel?

When I master my own tracks it’s mainly just a question of pushing up the volume of the track. For that purpose, I think AOM’s Invisible Limiter is amazing. I’ll typically do some light compression too, using the SSL compressor from Waves. For other purposes I think it makes more sense to do changes in the mix if you are mastering your own tracks.

11 – How long does it usually take you to complete a new track?

It really depends on the track. Typically the best tracks come together very naturally though, and it goes quicker. It could be a matter of 3-4 days, or up to a month!

12 – Which traits do you think make an excellent producer?
Habit (or consistency) and creativity.

13 – Finally, what can we expect in terms of new music from Novado?

It will be a surprise!


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