Join Evan Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Why use templates?, part of A Prolific Music Producer's Workflow for Finishing Tracks.
- One of the things that we're going to talk about a lot…in this course, at least in the first half,…is the idea of using templates.…It's a great advantage that we have,…using the computer for creating and producing music,…that we can use templates.…We can have things that are saved,…we can have things that we like ready to go,…and there are great systems in all three of the major DAWs…that I like to use for templating.…The DAW that we're going to use preliminarily…to talk about templates is Logic.…Logic has a great templating system but also,…Logic is like the middle ground between…Ableton Live and Pro Tools,…so I feel like everybody will be able to get something…from it even though we're only going to talk…in a philosophical sense.…
I'm not going to go super in-depth with Logic…so hopefully everyone can still stay with it,…and then we'll talk specifically about Pro Tools…and Ableton Live afterwards.…Let's talk about why we want to use templates.…First of all, a template is essentially something…that we can use to get started on our Logic session,…
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