Join Evan Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating simple sections and structural considerations, part of A Prolific Music Producer's Workflow for Finishing Tracks.
- Now that I've got a handful of musical ideas in here…that are working well together,…it's time to start thinking about structure.…One of the things that I'm a huge fan of…when composing music is getting out of loop mode…as quickly as possible.…And that means beginning to work…with structural considerations.…OK, so we have some simple variations here,…and what I'm going to do is actually just…start to move these around.…I'm not going to worry so much about an intro…or an outro, but I'm going to start to think about…doing things in a way where the energy flows kind of nicely.…So let's go ahead and we'll start out…with just this drum part.…
(plays drum track)…Maybe what I'll do is actually just start out…with this guy.…This is cool.…(plays synth string track)…A little Rhodes in there.…(plays more tracks)…And I'm going to go in here and I'm actually going to…get rid of my...…
many of my snares,…so let's go ahead and get rid of those guys,…we'll get rid of these,…because we have that fill at the end.…(plays modified composition)…
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