In this article I've highlighted 10 of the best YouTube channels for learning how to produce music.
Top 10 Music Producer YouTube Channels at a glance:
YouTube is a fantastic resource for anyone wanting to learn how to produce electronic music. There are literally hundreds of channels devoted to the topic, with many thousands of videos available for you to view.
The catch? – Well, the quality of these videos can vary immensely. If you’re not careful you can waste a lot of time searching for good content, and even risk picking up bad advice which could set you back on your music production journey.
The good news is that I’m here to help! Below, I’ve hand-picked my personal pick of the 10 best YouTube channels for music production in 2021.
Best Music Production YouTubers:
EDM Tips was one of my favourite channels when I first started out in Music Production, as the style is very beginner friendly. Using Ableton Live, Producer Will Darling creates tracks from scratch in a number of different genres using mainly stock plugins. Content is posted regularly, is easy to follow, and fun to watch. A great channel if you’re just starting out.
Bound to Divide should be your number one go-to channel if you are at all interested in producing Melodic House. The channel is a fantastic resource, with a huge back catalogue of videos containing tracks from scratch, track breakdowns, tips and techniques, and live feedback on tracks submitted via Discord. The best thing about the channel is the lack of filler or gimmicks. No annoying intro screen, no appeals to like and subscribe – just great content.
PML is an impressive channel offering Ableton Live tutorials, production and sound design sessions, and really useful track breakdowns. Concentrating mainly (but not exclusively) on melodic house and techno, the content is very high quality, and well worth your time.
Although a relative newcomer to YouTube, Janus’s experimental style of melodic electronic music together with his relaxed delivery makes his channel a joy to watch. Content is not posted as regularly as other channels, but when he does post it is generally of a very high quality.
The extremely talented Christian Henson is one of the co-founders of Spitfire Audio. On his channels he shares a range of content including explorations into composition techniques and sampling, gear reviews, and music production in general. If you want a change from your usual content, and wish to learn from the very best, then this is the channel for you.
Sadowick’s YouTube channel has been going for years and years. The amount of content is now absolutely staggering, and well worth dipping into. He covers all sorts of production topics from essential tips on sound design, track creation, and pretty much anything else you can think of. His U-He DIVA tutorial series alone I’ve found absolutely invaluable. Please don’t forget to support his channel if you find his content useful.
Point Blank Music School is one of the oldest and better-known electronic music schools. Their videos cover an extensive range of useful content such as track deconstructions, tutorials, and gear and plugin reviews. They also regularly invite guest artists onto the channel to give Masterclass sessions. The channel is well worth a visit.
Sol State takes live streams from famous artists, and condenses them down into short digestible chunks full of golden nuggets. The videos cover a wide range of different genres from Hip Hop to House, and are rammed full of great practical tips and advice on how to improve your productions.
If you’re after a channel with some great content, whilst also being very entertaining, then this is the channel for you. Underbelly’s deadpan humour may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but don’t be put off, as the content on his channel is fantastic, and actually really informative.
Another relative newbie to YouTube, Thiago writes and performs melodic techno style tracks in Ableton, using only stock plugins. His videos are usually quite short (around 20-30 minutes) and are composed in session view. This works well though, as it’s a very efficient way of showing how the genesis of a track can be created, and inspiring ideas in others.
I hope you found this list of the Top 10 Music Producer YouTube Channels useful.
If you want to continue to learn about music production whilst commuting to work or school, or doing your household chores, then music production podcasts can also be a great resource. See which ones I recommend in this article: Best Music Production Podcasts.
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Have a great day, and Happy Producing !