Invest In Time – Habits For Music Producers

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I take that because you’re on this website and you want to become a better producer. You want to make better music and you have long term goals.

Things that we think “If I do this it will be a waste of time” It is mostly because there is no immediate reward. But if you do it anyway it will pay you in long term and you will enjoy fruits of your “Not that cool” activity.

Invest in time activities are sometimes those which are “boring” while you are doing it.

So what are the best habits to become a better music producer

1. Remaking

Remaking seems the waste of time sometimes because you are not creating anything new, you are just recreating another’s song. But doing this you will learn a lot. chord progressions, song structures, DAW techniques, Beat making, Making synth patches, Basslines it is endless. It is the No.1 practiAny kind of effort brings tension, and this is bad in long run, so make your workflow as effortless as possible so you will go much much further.ce if you want to improve your production.

2. Synth Patches

The track you are making is going just dope, the groove is so right, and chord progression is from like heaven! and above that the synth patch you’ve just made after two and half hours of experimenting is totally killing it. So! Save it. Not just in that session but in that synth also. If you got free time, use that time and save patches.

3. Making Templates

This will help you when you just got an idea and want implement in session as quickly as possible. not wasting time on creating tracks, routing, adding effects ( Delay, Reverb Etc.)

It will sure take time to create the template with all instrument loaded, tracks routed with and basic inserts like eq, compressor, but take the time and make it, an hour? two hours? you just saved a hell lot of time on setting up the whole session from blank – EVERY TIME!

4. Making / Using Keyboard Shortcuts

We all know our DAW or any software’s basic shortcuts. Good! Learn more! and if your software allows you to make the new ones, then take some time to figure out where you waste time or wat to speed that part and make a shortcut for that. the time you spent figuring out and making the shortcuts is invested time for the future time waste.

5. Practicing Your Instrument

This is not a new thing and it’s very obvious to say that practice your instrument daily.

But practicing your instrument is the best investment you make in time.

It will help you improvise new melodies, harmonies when deadline is very tight. When you regularly practice you will find easy to improvise and stretch your boundaries of playing and composing music in general

No doubt music theory helps and you need to apply that on musical instruments. So with time it will become easy to create new chord progression, new melody, new scale for particular mood.

It is the best investment of time.

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Any kind of effort brings tension, and this is bad in a long run, So make your workflow as effortless as possible.

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4 Amazing Utility Plugins

You must be having a big and amazing list of great plugins from fresh sounding instruments to processing plugins to decorate your mix. and that’s great.

let’s add some utility plugins to your collection to enhance your workflow
this will not change your sound but it will surely reduce some bits of frustration in your mixing process.

Heres a list

  1. VSTNotepad –

VSTNotepad is a VST plugin that you can use to store comments, lyrics, or any text for each track.

This is also a VST for saving text notes in your projects, but this one has a 64-bit version
Windows only.

Download

2. MNotepad

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MNotepad is a simple text editor, which won’t perform any audio processing. You can use it to store comments, lyrics or just any text.

present in the MFreeEffectsBundle from Melda Production, I have tested it, and it looks nice!

Download

3. Cales v1.04 

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A plugin that allows you to map your keyboard’s keys to a musical scale. This will ensure that you will always stay in key and never hit a wrong note. Remove the easy mode to challenge yourself.

 

Download

 

4. Chordz v1.03

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Very useful if you have 2-octave small midi keyboard. You can trigger selected chord by pressing only one key. It also has easy mode button untick it and play the notes of chords on the keyboard.

Download

 

Limit Your Options

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Too much plugins, softwares will not only take your hard drive space but it will also create huge mental clutter. At some point you will find yourself stuck choosing which plugin to use, This is happening because you have given yourself too many options. Limit your options so you don’t have to worry about anything else besides creating great music. Yes you can have countless pieces of gear, but sometimes that amount of gear becomes a problem.

There are two main areas to declutter.

  1. Software Plugins/tools: keep one or two plugins to serve the one purpose e.g. One plugin for compressor, one or two for EQ, and so on for the reverb, delay and other inserts. Don’t waste time to go through every tool every time, you would never get any work done. Try this, pretend you have hardware console, you can’t change new effects every time. Use this idea in your DAW, if you have console you will not go and buy new hardware effects for every new project. Treat your DAW as console. You install countless tools just because you can, is pointless. Keep few but best tools.
  1. Hardware stuff: Same thing goes for your physical stuff like your instruments. Keep your signal chain simple. Too many stuff is too much hassle. Limit your instruments, effect pedals, amps, cables. This will also help your studio look more clutter free. Use less but use it fully. Use one hardware tool and tweak every possible combination to create a tone rather than having 10 and never touched any button on them. With simple signal chain you’ll make decisions faster.

Minimal mind-set: Minimalism is lifestyle. It helps us focus on what’s important. If you take a close look in your system and your studio you will find that we unknowingly own things that we’ll likely never use. Strive for a minimal setup and you feel light because now you don’t carry so much junk, you don’t own so much junk and you can focus on what’s really important to you. By keeping your choices limited you can use all your energy for the most important thing, “creativity”.

My 3 Favorite “FREE” synths.

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Noisemeker by TAL 

(click on name to get download page)

Very much warm sounding traditional analogue-modeling synth.and also easy to use, it has  2 oscillator and 1 sub osc square with 3 LFOs, and effects are chorus and reverb. and with plenty presets to start with. highly recommended and one of the best free synths.

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superwave_p8 

It has that typical software synthy type sound. good for techno, trance. With multimode filter oscillator and two panoramizables oscillators individually with a good assortment of waveforms basic convertible all in Dual (two forms of the same wave oscillator).bring back the era of 70s and 80s.

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Beat zampler

Industry stranded beat and sound shaping its best. you can make your sound with integrated multi-mode filter types lowpass, highpass , bandpass and bandstop filters.it is not only produce beats it got powerful engine to create ambient cinematic effects. This was very quick and technical and Why i am talking about only three? because talking about free synths could take my whole blog. But dont stop reading yet, i am giving a small list of names of free synths for you to check out. So download and enjoy music making.

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