Join Evan Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Building a bridge or middle eight section, part of A Prolific Music Producer's Workflow for Finishing Tracks.
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- In most of the styles of music that I work in,…it's necessary to have some sort of variation…that comes up in the second half of the song somewhere…that gives us a nice diversion…from whatever the main theme of the track is.…This is not the case with all styles of music,…but it is something that I like to do…that's fairly common for a lot of…the types of music that I work in.…Whether it's pop, or hip hop, or some sort of dance tune,…it's nice to have a diversion.…Rock tunes have the middle eight,…there's a bridge in a lot of pop songs,…hip hop tracks sometimes have a breakdown…or there's that third verse where there's…a guest rapper or something like that.…
With a track like this,…we have our little breakdown and our buildup…where we have the nice option to add something new.…What we've done already when we were…building our structure out,…is we've come up with something…that is already using some of the things that we have.…I'm trying to guide the energy down…but make it feel fresh still.…Let's listen to what we have so far.…
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