It’s no secret that YouTube has become the best resource for music production videos, perhaps for learning music production, period.
There are countless channels and producers all sharing their knowledge and expertise on the subject, from basic recording skills, right through to genre-specific techniques.
However, in this sea of noise it’s easy to become lost. What are the reputable brands and who are the producers, engineers and artists that you should be paying attention to?
Recommended channels for music production videos
Over the last 10 years there have been a number of channels that have really helped me, and provided inspiration to me on my music production journey.
I’d like to share them with you in the hope that you’ll gain as much as I have! In no particular order…
The Recording Revolution
I couldn’t not mention Graham Cochrane here, could I? As one of the biggest and most widely known YouTube channels, The Recording Revolution has become one of the most highly recommended resources to anyone who is starting out in music recording and production.
The ‘In The Studio…’ features of Future Music have become pretty legendary in the online music production community. Future Music Magazine were one of the first brands to break down the barriers between up-and-coming producers and professionals, allowing us all a glimpse ‘behind the curtain’ to see the tips and tricks of our production heroes. It’s worth digging through the archives for some pure gold.
Dave Pensado is a mixing engineer in demand to say the least, so to gain insight into his techniques and philosophy alone is one thing. But the Pensado’s Place channel and podcast provide access to a whole host of knowledge, featuring interviews with some of the biggest names in the industry.
Josh Carney is one of the friendliest and, as the name would suggest, most helpful music production teachers you will find on YouTube. His content is simple, clearly explained and easy to understand.
Not only do Point Blank Music School offer some of the highest quality training and education in music production, but they also provide some of the best music production videos available online. With tutorials from staff members, sessions with featured artists and audience Q&As, there is plenty on offer here to keep you going.
Although I love Waves Audio plugins, this is not a product plug. Their music production videos are a fine example of what a brand should be creating as part of its content strategy. They feature some of the best engineers on the planet, sharing unique insights and technical knowledge. Although most of the videos demonstrate these techniques using Waves’ software, many of the thought processes and methods can be applied much more broadly.
In a very similar approach to Point Blank, Dubspot are a working music production school that also provide online content and courses to students and viewers around the world. I particularly recommend this channel if you work in Ableton Live.
Produce Like A Pro
I was lucky enough to have the pleasure of meeting Warren Huart back in 2011 when I visited his recording studio in LA. He was kind enough to take the time to meet with me and talk about life as a music producer. His website and channel ‘Produce Like A Pro’ are great resources for home studio recording. He actively debunks recording industry myths and provides valuable advice, both technical and theoretical.
Pyramind is a music production school based in San Francisco boasting an amazing array of teachers. Their channel is packed with very high quality music production videos and is a great option if you’re looking to improve your music theory skills, in particular. It’s worth noting that David Earl aka SFLogicNinja is one of their Logic Pro specialists. ‘Nuff said.
The guys over at Sonic Academy make some incredible plugins. If you’ve read my other posts you’ll know how much I love Kick, and I’m not getting paid to say it. However, much like Waves, they also create some kickass content on their YouTube channel, featuring some very detailed and incredibly useful music production videos. Totally free and highly recommended.
Honorary mention: SFLogicNinja
The Ninja holds a place close to my heart and I wanted to give David Earl an honorary mention. Due to his involvement at Pyramind, and no doubt his insane schedule, he no longer posts on the SFLogicNinja channel. However, his original videos still hold up and played a key role in my education back in 2007/2008.
There were many more that I could have mentioned but it is possible to have too much of a good thing. When you’re starting out, too many tutorials and ideas can be a huge distraction.
I recommend picking one or two of these great channels to follow and working through their material first, before moving on to the others.
No doubt I’ll update this post as I discover more and more channels on my music production quest.
What about you? Any recommendations?
Are there music production videos that you would recommend? What are your favourite go-to channels? Do you have your own channel that I need to be aware of? Let me know in the comments below!
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