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Everyone writes songs in their own way. Some start with a melody or a beat, some start with a lyric. Whatever your starting point, you need to get your ideas down quickly, and then polish them into demos worth presenting to partners, producers, and record labels. Pro Tools can help. It's one of the programs professional musicians and songwriters turn to for writing, recording, and mixing songs. In this short course, David Franz takes you from an initial seed-idea to a great sounding demo song, showing you how to find the best tempo, meter, and key; add in vocals, drums, and hooks; and put together a dynamic mix using effects like EQ, compression, and reverb and delay. These 10 simple steps can guide anyone with an idea and a little musical ability through the process of capturing a song idea before the inspiration fades.
Look for more courses in our Songwriting series in 2014! We'll cover Logic, GarageBand, and other popular DAWs.
With your new song idea, your own drive, and focused attention, it's possible to perform the steps and techniques shown in this course, in just a few hours. That may seem pretty fast, but as you write more songs, as you get more familiar with your Pro Tools system and instruments, and as you practice using these tools and techniques, you'll see some intriguing outcomes. Like, you'll get faster at expressing and capturing your ideas. Your creativity will expand, and, likely you'll become a better songwriter. For more information on recording and mixing, here are a few courses that I recommend for your next steps.
You can learn a ton of recording techniques, in the Audio Recording Techniques course with Bobby Owsinski. Learn some super creative techniques, with the founder of Tape Op magazine, in Music Production Secrets, Larry Crane on recording, and Larry Crane on mixing. Dive deeper into mixing techniques, with Brian Lee White's Pro Tools mixing and mastering course. And learn mixing techniques with the author actually in your Pro Tool system, in the Get in the Mix with Pro Tools course. And finally, if you're ready to start sharing your music with the world, check out the ten short courses on social media for musicians and bands.
Where you can learn the best practices for sharing your music on social media. So, thanks for watching the course. I wish you all the best on your musical journey.
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