But having access to audio production tools at the start of the creative song writing process can in many ways “mask” potential issues. The result of which means that either poor song writing or audio production may escape your attention. You don't want this to happen!
Your goal here is to ensure the song has energy without the need for cranking the volume up.
Let me give you an example that happened to me this week. I was producing a song for an Apple Beam recording studios client and felt I was just about finished with layering the instruments and vocals. I had been playing the song fairly loud throughout this process and decided to rest my ears and have a final (quiet) listen through.
To my horror and utter disappointment, the track had no energy and felt … well, boring. This, as you can imagine is not something that a seasoned (and highly gifted) music producer like me is used to feeling!
So, back to basics - I took my own advice and reworked the song at a constant low volume. Playing the song quietly I started to remove instruments that weren't “adding value” and introduced instruments and melodies that lifted the energy naturally. I am please to say that the song ended up sounding awesome as a result!
This technique will improve your audio production skills and keep you focused on how the instruments balance and work together.
If you can get the song balanced and sounding good at quiet levels, you'll be amazed when you finally crank those speakers, open her up and blast the s*** out of it!