Creative Session: Productivity for Music Producers

18 Posts

Productivity is a popular and important topic, and there are some tricks every music producer should know. Here are some tuts that will help you get more from your time and money by effectively managing your tracks, ideas, hardware, software and schedule.

Posts in this series
  • Audio Production
    3 Tips to Super-charge Your Production EfficiencyEfficiency
    Picture this: you've produced that epic song that is going to be the next top 40 radio hit. You've had it done for about two years when a label approaches you and wants to purchase the beat from you for one of their hot new artists. They love it, but there needs to be some changes... Unfortunately, you can't locate the file. Or the samples that you used. The deadline passes. With these 3 production efficiency and organization tips, this nightmare scenario will never happen to you.Read More…
  • Pro Tools
    Managing Your Pro Tools ProjectsThumb
    Managing your Pro Tools projects is just as important as knowing how to mix them. Without taking the time to learn these skills, you’ll end up with folders that are gigabytes larger than they need to be, confusing sessions that look foreign when you come back to them months later, and you’ll spend ten times as long working on your mixes. Let’s avoid these problems with some techniques I’ve learned during my time with Pro Tools.Read More…
  • Composition
    iTunes for ComposersThumb
    iTunes is a straightforward and simple application for organizing and listening to music. You probably don't need someone to explain to you how it works. But there are a few unique features of iTunes that a lot people don't take advantage of. If you're a composer/producer/songwriter with a lot of music to keep track of, getting the most out of iTunes can vastly improve your workflow.Read More…
  • Audio Production
    How to Create and Organize Your Own Apple LoopsLoops
    If you use Logic Pro, Soundtrack Pro or Final Cut Pro it's highly likely that you'll be familiar with Apple loops. These applications come with a pretty massive collection of sounds in this format but it's much more satisfying to build your own custom loops and have them stored alongside the library sounds. This tutorial will show you how to turn your raw samples into Apple loops and tag them with the appropriate data so that they show up in your searches. These loops can then be used in any of your project, regardless of their tempo.Read More…
  • Logic Pro
    Saving Time with Logic Pro 9: ScreensetsThumb
    Ever felt like the default screensets offered by Logic just don’t suit your style of working? In this first tutorial on helping you make the most of limited time in Logic Pro 9, we’re looking at how to customize your workspace, and then save, organize and recall these workspaces as screensets.Read More…
  • Logic Pro
    Saving Time with Logic Pro 9: TemplatesThumb
    In the precious minutes it takes from the time you have a great musical idea to loading up Logic and configuring a session, you may have lost the creative spark required to get it down and expand on it. Save yourself the hassle by creating templates that suit your way of working in Logic.Read More…
  • Music Theory
    The Good LibrarianThumb
    A good musician is a good librarian. A good composer is a good librarian. A good engineer, producer, DJ, or (fill in the blank) is a good librarian. This statement can be applied to nearly any creative endeavor, but most certainly is applicable to modern musicians, composers and engineers who are constantly switching between projects, applications, presets, and even platforms. This tutorial will give you an overview of what it means to be a good librarian - one who has a functional system for keeping track of everything from performance notes, to song lyrics, to presets and samples.Read More…
  • Audio Production
    Quick Tip: How to Be More Productive In the StudioThumb
    There is an abundance of productivity and self-help blogs on the internet. Blogs that help you make the most of your time, your energy and/or your money.Read More…
  • Audio Production
    Quick Tip: Saving Time With Logic's ToolsThumb
    The one thing you'll spend a lot of time doing in Logic or any other DAW is swapping tools. Here's a quick tip to get the most out of your mouse clicks in Logic Pro when it comes to tool selection.Read More…
  • Audio Production
    Quick Tip: Arranging Folders in Logic ProThumb
    When you’re composing a song, it’s not always easy to just pull up a timeline and drop on each part. Sometimes, for instance, you have a verse and a chorus but nothing else. Read More…
  • Audio Production
    How to Save Money in Your Home StudioPreview
    Studio equipment is expensive! If things keep breaking, replacing them can rack up quite a cost. If you're like me, you want to make every cent count. Here are a few tips about cutting costs.Read More…
  • Instruments
    Quick Tip: Use a Practice SchedulePreview
    Practicing is the most important skill that every musician should spend some time developing. Knowing how to practice will give you the quickest and easiest route to achieving your goals. Here are some tips to help you figure out how to create your own effective practice schedule.Read More…
  • Audio Production
    Quick Tip: 6 Workflow and Organization Tips for All DAW UsersPreviewimage
    If you're looking for some tips on ways to speed up your music production, this article covers six effective techniques that will make finding sounds, projects, and samples the easiest and quickest step of your workflow. Although it's not the most musical part of production, it is one of the most rewarding parts because it allows your creativity to flow freely. Read More…
  • Audio Production
    Quick Tip: Tips on How to Keep Organized in Ableton LivePreview
    Hello everyone and welcome to another blog entry by Benjamin Coutts. This time I will be going on about how to keep yourself organized within Ableton Live and use it for when you do a gig using the same set up as your production setup.Read More…
  • Composition
    How to Write & Record a Song in One Hour or LessMusic and audio
    In this tutorial, I'm going to walk you through the process that I and my musical colleagues have used to write and record numerous songs in one hour or less. Sound crazy? That's because it is—but it can be done, and there are numerous benefits for doing so. Read on to learn more.Read More…
  • Audio Production
    Quick Tip: Control Your MIDI with a Wii Remote Using OSCulatorWii%20remote%20midi
    In this screencast we explore the endless possibilities of controlling MIDI parameters using the Mac OS X program OSCulator. OSCulator takes input from other devices—we take a look at the Wii remote—and turns it into MIDI control messages.Read More…
  • Audio Production
    Using a Reference Track in FL StudioPreview
    A great way to improve your productions is by studying professionally mixed and mastered tracks. This can be done by loading a song similar to yours (i.e. a reference track) into your project and making comparisons between the two. This is especially helpful when mixing. One can learn about frequency distribution, panning and loudness. Additionally the reference track can help you with the arrangement and automation of your production. It is quick to set up, and a method the pros often make use of.Read More…
  • Audio Production
    Quick Tip: Enhance Your Workflow - Create Custom TemplatesPreview
    Being able to spend as little time as possible preparing a project at the beginning of every session is a strong quality of professionalism. You may have a preferred starting setup with a specific number of tracks and tools that you use in every project, taking care of these preparations in advance will save you valuable time when you are in the middle of a project and it means that you can spend more time creating and producing audio. Read More…