Join Evan Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with simple variation: How much is too much?, part of A Prolific Music Producer's Workflow for Finishing Tracks.
- So now that I've got some basic ideas down,…one thing that I like to do is create some variations.…So for example, I've left a little space here…for a drum fill, and that's something that I can work with.…So if I just create a little loop here,…I can just start to work with my drum fill.…I'm going to turn on my metronome.…I'm on percussion, I want drums.…
There that's good, that's actually kind of nice.…(electronic music)…Alright, so that's pretty good.…I'm going to go ahead and actually quantize that.…And I think that this sound will be good on eight notes.…Alright so there's my fill, that's a nice variation there…that's going to create a little bit of movement.…
We don't have to listen to the whole thing.…(electronic music)…And then maybe...…This is what's fun about the glitch kit,…is that you can really…come up with some interesting things…with sounds that you may not have used before.…
Alright, let's go ahead and mute this note.…I actually wanted to mute this guy, not this guy.…Okay, so there's my fill at the end there.…
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