Let’s face it, who doesn’t love the feeling of starting a new track? Throughout our years of production, we’ve figured out some great ways to set yourself up for success, before you even start writing! These techniques make sure you can get the most efficient start and keep that inspired feeling rolling.
1. Identify what key you’re going to write in and which notes it contains.If you’re not great with music theory this is so important. A simple Google search of ‘notes in (your key of choice)’ will do the trick. I like to then copy the info into the notes section of my DAW, allowing quick, easy access.
2. Create a Collection of your favourite Samples & Presets.
There’s nothing worse than struggling to find that perfect snare or synth stab, right when you’re feeling inspired. In your spare time, dig through those gigabytes of sample packs and presets on your hard drive and create a folder of the best ones. You could arrange these by key or tempo for further convenience.
3. Chose a reference track for structure/arrangement inspiration.
Getting that perfect tension release in your composition can be very challenging. I like to drag one of my favourite songs into my DAW and analyze its structure. You don’t have to copy it bar for bar, but it’s a great way to get ideas.
4. Design sounds before you begin.
As we all know, making sounds can be a long tiring task. Separate your sound design from the actual production process, so that when you’re in that peak inspiration state, there’s nothing holding you back from getting your ideas out.
5. Disable your Internet connection.
Yep, turn it off. It’s time for serious production work, not Facebook.
We’d love to hear your favourite pre-production workflow techniques. Let us know in the comments below.