Join Evan Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video A simple approach to creating intros and outros, part of A Prolific Music Producer's Workflow for Finishing Tracks.
- Now there's much debate as to when…exactly you really need to do an intro and the outro.…You can actually do the intro and outro last.…You can do it first if you want.…I find it's good to do it somewhere in the middle,…but that's just for my personal brain.…For the intro I like to come up with something…fairly fresh that's going to grab…the audience right off the bat.…Even if it's a dance tune that has some…sort of four-on-the-floor kick drum type of thing,…I don't think it's an excuse to have something that's…totally bland and has no identity.…I think it's very important that you have something…that will captivate your audience, that will…make them know who it is the second the track starts.…
No matter what it is, no matter how subtle.…Let's go to the outro first actually…because I think it'll be very simple.…I'm just going to go ahead and I'm going…to grab this guy.…Not going to copy.…And let's go ahead and get my strings.…I think that those are going to…be the two outro items basically.…(techno music)…Let me just zoom in a little bit and…
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