Join Evan Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Template examples in Live, part of A Prolific Music Producer's Workflow for Finishing Tracks.
- Now for all you Live users out there…I thought we'd take a look at some…templating options in Ableton Live.…Now you may be saying, but Evan,…Ableton Live does not have a template engine or function.…It doesn't, that's true.…But Ableton Live happens to have…one of the best preset management functions…of basically any of the DAWs.…It's really great for that.…So what I encourage you to do,…first of all, you can always have a session…that is called simply TEMPLATE.…That's super handy.…You can always save something like that…and then start with that…but remember since it's not an actual template…you have to do a Save As and call it Hot Idea 6.…
And then make sure that it's not saved in the same folder.…The other thing that you can do…is you can always pull things…from projects in the Places menu.…Okay, so if I hit Add Folder…I can look for things in the finder…and find stuff and pull tracks…and different ideas and maybe even audio…out of different projects and different folders…that are on my machine.…So all of this stuff is super handy.…
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