Join Evan Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Knowing when your track is finished, part of A Prolific Music Producer's Workflow for Finishing Tracks.
- [Voiceover] So when working with all of these details,…you may be thinking to yourself,…"Dude, when is this going to end?"…And this is one of the hardest things to master,…is knowing when your track is finished.…The most important thing is that you listen to your track.…Listen to it in the car, listen to it at the gym,…listen to it on the subway or the bus…or whatever you're doing.…Don't listen to it at the dinner table.…Your family will start to resent your creativity.…What's important, though, is that you listen to it…in these different contexts…when you're not thinking about producing it,…because when you're sitting here…looking at a screen like this,…with all these cool colors and all of this stuff,…it's like, "Ooh, this is a really cool blue base.…
I really love that."…It's hard not to get sentimental about things…and to defend things to yourself…more readily than you would…if you were just driving in your car…and going, "Oh, this doesn't feel good."…Another thing I highly recommend…is playing tracks for your friends.…
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