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Friday, June 15, 2018

#Musicproduction: Creative Tips For Music Production

It feels damn good when you're in a creative flow. Let it flow...

Ideas have been in no short supply, every note you write is really a winner, and the music just comes for you! If you've experienced this creative flow before, then you've also probably experienced the other side of this–the dreaded writer's block.

Being in the zone just can't happen each time we sit back at our computers to write.



At some point in time writer's block is sure to hit. What's promising is there are many ways to break out of this slump.

In this blog series we are going to be giving you fresh new production tips to assist you break out of your writers block lull and get you back to the creative zone.

1. Use Your EQ For Creative Filtering

Once you think of EQing, you mainly think of it being fully a corrective tool, but EQs have an entire world of creative potential as well.

Record in or draw in exaggerated EQ movements on any of your sounds to give the sense of movement and tonality change.

Taking this a step further, record out your EQ movements in your EQ's mid/side mode to add stereo interest together with your EQ automation as well!

2. Duplicating Existing Synths

Without enough movement inside our synths, our progressions and melodies can become quite stale fast.

Duplicating the synth and changing parameters including the fx, filters, as well as swapping out the wavetables (which can't be automated) may give excitement and movement to your instrument.

3. New Side Chaining Patterns

In regards to side chaining, we usually get into auto pilot mode and side chain our elements to the kick and snare.

Get creative here and produce new side chain patterns in your side chain midi that add to the groove of one's drums and inject new rhythmical life into your instruments!

4. Remix Existing Parts

If you listen back to a part of your song that feels only a little empty or is lacking interest, consider bouncing down your basses, chords, melodies, etc. Create new parts out of these in place of entering your sample folders or adding another synth.

Take your bounced down layers and get creative with them. Throw effects on them or put them in a sampler and start recording out your sounds while twisting and turning the plugins knobs.

Then you can certainly take your audio clips and pitch and stretch them to fit into your track!

5. Melody Writing

Catchy melodies are an essential element of song writing since they are the absolute most memorable part to the listener. Sometimes picking out these loopable melodic lines can be difficult.

One technique to have ideas flowing is to begin with the rhythm of the melody first.

Write a melody line with only one note then start getting around your notes

6. LFO Filtering

Have an ordinary drum loop or bass loop that requires a tad bit more interest? Never underestimate the power of LFO filters. Simply throwing on an LFO filter and automating the rate and cutoff is a wonderful way to offer dynamic and tonal interest to any instrument.

7. Delay Delay Delay

Mix feeling only a little empty?

Searching for other transition effects besides white noise?

Stacking delays and automating their parameters may be used more creatively than simply putting one on your synth and setting enough time, feedback, and dry/wet.

8. Melody Kick Start

Still having difficulty finding a melody?

An easy but excellent begin to your melody could possibly be to take your drum midi and use it your melody channel.

From there you will get your midi into key and continue to alter the groove.

9. Unique Drum Grooves

Discovering completely new drum grooves every beat you write could be a daunting task and utilizing the same ones over and over could be very boring.

To get a whole new unique drum groove, have a field recording that has transients and quantize the loop.

Once quantized you can then move your transients around to taste.

10. Crazy Delay

Adding ornamental pieces to your track can allow you to stiand right out of the sea of music that is offered right now.

For transitions or adding an appealing delayed layer, put a delay on a get back channel followed closely by a multiple effects plugin such as for instance illformed's Glitch 2 or Sugar Bytes Effectrix.

Then automate the send to accommodate your transition needs or set the particular level to blend into the original signal to incorporate an original layer.

Going through the many presets that your multi effects plugin has can instantly breath new life into your sound.

Taking this an action further, you can bounce down your effects delay signal to audio and chop, stretch, and pitch it and fill out the track with the new sounds you created.