Join Evan Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Planning structure and using markers and reference tracks, part of A Prolific Music Producer's Workflow for Finishing Tracks.
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- Okay so this next technique is something…that I do quite a bit of but I don't always use…and it's also something that you may want to do…before you start to build the sections…that we spoke about in the previous video.…What I've done here is I've actually imported a track…to use as a reference for structure.…I do this all the time as…a professional producer and songwriter.…If someone says, "Hey, I need a pop song,"…then one of the things that I like to do…is analyze the structure of pop songs that I like…just to get a bearing.…I bet you didn't realize that in a lot of Katy Perry songs…the second verse is actually…a few bars shorter than the first one.…
It's something really interesting that they do…that I would never have caught…if I didn't do a little bit of analysis.…You may be saying, "But Evan,…"why would I want to steal someone else's structure?…"I'm an individual."…Yes, you are and that's great.…Your mother was right.…But structure is the best and oldest thing…to steal from everybody else.…Structure helps us fit into certain types of genres.…
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