Join Evan Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Making musical decisions that serve the song, part of A Prolific Music Producer's Workflow for Finishing Tracks.
- So I've taken the liberty of adding…a couple of new parts to this track,…because I wanted to create some nice variations,…and I wanted to create some more nice variations,…but I wanted to create also some rhythmic energy in it.…So let's listen,…I added this guy…this is a cool reactor part…[electronic sounds]…And then I've also got this sort of flute part…using a reactor instrument as well.…[flute]…Alright, there we go…So, altogether now…[electronic/flute music with beat]…and here comes the reactor…[additional electronic sounds added]…So this is alright.…
This is working really well,…but what I found is that…even though I really liked these drum sounds…that I used at the beginning…[previous song]…They may not really be…cutting the mustard at this point.…Because I've got some more high energy type things…it's not quite as light of a track anymore…we've got a little more energy happening…with some of these rhythmic variations that we've created.…So what I need to do is sort of…dump some of the drums that I have…and make something a little bit heavier.…
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