Join Evan Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Learning to trust your production process, part of A Prolific Music Producer's Workflow for Finishing Tracks.
- So now that we've laid a few things down…that we're happy with, at least I'm happy with it,…it's time to sort of talk about…why we're doing all of this…and why we're taking the steps that we're taking.…When I'm just trying to create something…to express myself, to have fun,…I do definitely want to be able to…sort of finish my tracks and have a goal in mind…even if the goal is a little bit amorphous in that…I'm just trying to create something I like.…Trying to make art, it's open ended.…So one of the things that I wanted to mention…before we go any further on a technical level,…is just trusting your process…and knowing that you have the skills…to take things across the goal line in the future.…
One of the mistakes I see a lot of young producers making…is worrying about things like…does the kick drum sound tight enough,…how big is this snare drum,…is the drop crazy?…It's really important to let the song build itself.…I always tell people that the track…will reveal itself to you if you let it.…But that means you have to keep building.…
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