You’re in a nightclub and the DJ spins a track you don’t know, but you think to yourself: “This song has to be by …..”
There is something recognizable in the song and you immediately think of that one producer. That’s what I call a signature sound.
I’ll share some insights on how signature sounds are created in the list below. Implement them if you think they’re useful. I do realize that these tips might limit your creativity in a way. But personally, I wouldn’t care about it.
Using the same sample over and over again
I might be the first one to say this, but I really think there’s nothing wrong with using the same samples in multiple projects. I always save samples that I really like from previous projects and put them in a seperate folder. They’re my go-to samples and i’ll only change them if they don’t fit the song, I don’t like them anymore or when I over used that particular sample.
Quick tip: Remove the Pryda – Miami 2 Atlanta snare from your hard drive RIGHT NOW!
Using the same arrangement
A lot of producers use the same arrangement in all of their productions. Study for example John Dahlbacks tracks and you’ll find that he’s using the same arrangement in most of his songs.
This one only applies to the geeks of us (yes you, you wouldn’t be spending your time on production blogs if you aren’t one). Most producers are doing their own mixdowns, as a result, there are large variations in mixdowns. For example: the loudness, the amount of distortion, the level of compression, the depth and space in a track.
Using the same synthesizers
This ofcourse is the most obvious one, everybody knows Tommy Trash-es basslines and Afrojacks bleeps, Hardwell’s saws. This is the best way to get a signature sound but also the hardest one.
Again these are just things to think about, no hard set rules (as with everything in a creative business). Do you have any tips on creating a signature sound that are not on the list? Post it in the comment section below this post!