Selecting the right sounds for
your music is crucial for 4 reasons:

  1. The overall sound of a beat
    fundamentally influences its
  2. Genres and Subgenres are
    fundamentally defined by their
  3. Sound triggers emotions.
  4. Selecting the right sounds
    makes mixing a lot easier.

The first 3 reasons affect the people
who listen to your music.

Which emotional impact it has on them,
if they can identify with it and if they
will remember it.

The 4th reason can make a big
difference to your workflow and

…Which in turn affects how much
you enjoy producing and how fast
you produce.

But how do you select the right sounds?

Even though this depends on the
genre and the vibe you want to create…

…there are 3 rules that apply to
all genres.

1. Spread your sounds over the whole frequency spectrum

Each sound should have its own
position in the frequency spectrum.

In an orchestra, there are upright
basses at the low end and violins
at the high end of the sound spectrum.

And there are plenty of instruments
with different timbres in between.

Do the same when you select sounds
for your own music. Choose different
octaves and timbres to make use of
the whole frequency spectrum from
20Hz to 20kHz.

This creates space for each sound
and also creates a bigger overall sound.

2. Give each sound a defined role

In a football team, each player has a
defined role and position. And only
when the players stick to their roles
the team can be successful.

It’s the same in music. There are
several rhythm components, pads,
and leads.

Regardless how complex or minimalistic
a song is…

…the sounds and instruments should
have defined roles, so they don’t stand
in each other’s way.

If you used the same sound for a pad
and a lead and both would play in the
same octave…

…chances are the lead sound will be
hard to hear.

But as soon as you choose different
octaves and different timbres for the
pad and the lead, they will be easy
to distinguish.

3. Don’t be afraid of using odd sounds

A well-balanced overall sound can appear
very professional.

But it can also be…



Odd sounds are the spice in music.

They help beats stand out, grab the
listener’s attention and make people
remember your music.

They are like the superstar in a football
team who makes all the difference and
can make or break a match.

In a song, the superstar can be a lead,
a pad, a weird sample or an unusual
drum sound.

And, like in football…

…it can take your music from mediocrity
to champion status.

Did this post inspire you? Did you
miss something?

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Have fun putting good and
odd sounds into action.

Enjoy and stay creative:-)


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    2 replies to "3 Surprisingly Simple Secrets To Good Sound Selection"

  • Kenrick

    Ok I am a young producer and am having trouble placing stuff in the different octaves. my mixes sound thing and i think its because of sound selection. I hear people say bass should be at C0 and some say at C1..Some even say C2 and C3 for bass. Can you give me like a breakdown of the octaves from bass to high frequencies? Where do instruments go. I beg you. My email is

  • Hai Dang

    Trying to make production a habit and this was of great help, thanks !

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