Producing Afrobeat music is a lot more straightforward and easy than you think. Which is why we curated this article to help you navigate the ins and outs of making / producing quality afrobeat music.
Afrobeat is a captivating genre of music that originated in West Africa, particularly Nigeria, during the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was pioneered by the legendary musician Fela Kuti and has since evolved into a globally recognized and loved genre, merging traditional African rhythms with elements of jazz, funk, and soul. If you’re a music producer seeking to create infectious and rhythmically vibrant tracks, this article will guide you through the essential steps of producing Afrobeat music.
Mixing Afrobeat music is just the same as mixing every other genre of music. Only that there are a few different steps to take to achieve that sleek retro “Fela kinda Afrobeat music feel. Whether you want to churn out a Wizkid / Davido track kinda mix. This tutorial should come in handy.
So. Where and how do we start mixing afrobeat music?
There are different ways to mix Afrobeat music. But I’ll probably talk about how I start my Afrobeat mixing process because I’m writing this tutorial from my personal professional experience in the mixing and mastering field.
Definitely. Recording equipment and software can get really pricey when you’re going for the top-of-the-line stuff, but there’s so much available for hardly any money at all. With very little spending you can actually set up a pretty decent studio to start recording at home. There will definitely be a few limitations, but nothing that isn’t pretty easy to work around. Before we dive in, let’s take a look at what you’re going to need to purchase, noting that you may not want or need some of these items and some you may be able to get for free:
Doing a great job when mixing and mastering a track can make a world of difference. It can make it go from OK to amazing.
In this article we’ll run you through 20 Important mixing and mastering tips and tricks to make your mixing and mastering awesome. First, we talk about sound sources, then about mixing and lastly we treat mastering.
What you listen on matters.
Before we start talking about the actual mixing and mastering, you need to make sure that you have quality sound sources you can listen on. I’m talking about the full 20 – 20, more specifically the frequency range from 20 Hz to 20 kHz. This is also known as the full frequency spectrum that we humans can hear. You want to be able to hear everything, those highs you boost, and definitely the heavy lows. After all, you don’t want to be painting in the dark. Yes, those amazing Genelecs, Yamaha’s and Mackies monitors are very expensive, but fortunately there are many headphones available that offer the full frequency range that “just” cost a few hundred bucks.