Join Evan Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Building better transitions, part of A Prolific Music Producer's Workflow for Finishing Tracks.
- [Voiceover] So now that we've got our main elements…and our main structure all laid out…it's time to think about transitions.…Some of you may be noticing…that this particular cadence happens over and over again.…(synthesizer music)…This is a fine cadence, it works really well,…but we need to come up with variations on it,…and we need to not use it quite so much.…We need some other things…that are going to keep things moving forward.…Let me just fix this one.…All right, there we go, nice and perfect.…
So, one of the things I really like to do is, for example,…right here, we need something.…(synthesizer music)…It's kind of unceremonious how it continues,…and I think that something really simple…that doesn't add any rhythmic complexities is a good idea.…So I'm just going to add another drum hit,…along with this snare, whatever you want to call it.…Right here, it'll be that guy.…Let's loop this section, and I'm going to go into my drums,…and I'm just going to replace it with some sort of a clap.…
And I want to create something that's going to have…
Evan starts with the music production tools that can make it easier to see a song through to completion, such as templates, presets, and foolproof hardware setups. Next, he gets into the heavy lifting, mixing both songwriting and production techniques with tips for dealing with the psychological factors that may trip you up when completing a song. He wraps up the course with techniques that help to clear the final steps of song completion, including building transitions, adding ear candy, mixing strategies for increased efficiency, and simple mastering techniques, whether you choose to master your tracks yourself or hire a professional.
- Planning your track with a problem-solving mindset
- Prepping to record vocals and music
- Using DAW song templates
- Getting basic musical ideas down
- Making decisions that serve the song
- Using channel strip presets
- Creating sections and structure
- Building better transitions
- Adding FX, ear candy, and automation
- Mixing and mastering