8 more work­flow boost­ers

Computer Music - - Make Music Now | 2018 Studio Workout -


A sim­ple way to keep your stu­dio life on track is to iden­tify three pos­i­tives and three points for im­prove­ment from your stu­dio time in the last year, then write them down and pin them on the wall be­hind your setup. Those things will then al­ways come to mind when you’re work­ing. Once you’ve ham­mered the pos­i­tives home and re­fined those neg­a­tives, write a new list to re­place the pre­vi­ous one.


If you’re find­ing things in the stu­dio are be­com­ing a lit­tle stale, why not look to other peo­ple? Col­lab­o­rat­ing with other mu­si­cians, vo­cal­ists or pro­duc­ers can put some new ideas on the ta­ble and give you valu­able sec­ond opin­ions on what you’re do­ing – all while al­low­ing you to build a valu­able net­work of con­tacts that can be use­ful for fu­ture solo en­deav­ours!


Ev­ery pro­ducer has made one track that’s ei­ther their most suc­cess­ful re­lease, or just their per­sonal favourite. With this in mind, why not dig that tune’s stems out of your archives and give it a fancy 2018 makeover? This is not only a great way to spark cre­ativ­ity and ad­dress any­thing you felt was miss­ing from the orig­i­nal track, but can also see you through times of writer’s block. Plus, once fin­ished, you’ll have an ex­clu­sive VIP remix to ape the orig­i­nal ver­sion!


Speed things up when you’re mak­ing mu­sic by cre­at­ing a ‘cheat sheet’ of oft-used key­board short­cuts that you can keep close by when you’re in the stu­dio. Af­ter a while, you’ll nat­u­rally learn these, which’ll speed things up even more. Or, if you’ve got Christ­mas money burn­ing a hole in your pocket, in­vest in an Edi­tors Keys key­board over­lay. This’ll show you ev­ery com­mon short­cut for your cho­sen DAW and which mod­i­fier keys (Ctrl/Cmd, Shift etc) trig­ger them off.


Tack­ling a remix to start your stu­dio year can be a great source of in­spi­ra­tion. Sim­i­lar to our ear­lier sam­ple pack tune-mak­ing tip, work­ing on a remix gives you a struc­tured path to take that’ll get you into the right groove when mak­ing mu­sic dur­ing the rest of the year. Find some suitable source ma­te­rial by ask­ing a pal if you can re­boot one of their tracks, down­load­ing one of the many stem packs avail­able on the in­ter­net, or ask­ing around at your lo­cal record or mu­sic shop. If you’re look­ing to learn about

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The Art of Remix­ing IN THE WILD

Lap­top user? If so, why not charge your bat­tery and head out­doors to work on a beat on head­phones? It can be truly amaz­ing to take in­spi­ra­tion from your sur­round­ings when writ­ing or ar­rang­ing, and it makes a nice change from top­ping up your stu­dio tan in your usual spot.


If you’re work­ing in the stu­dio with a fel­low Able­ton Live user, try link­ing your two ma­chines to­gether via WiFi and Live’s handy Link func­tion (top left of your screen). This’ll let you jam along with each other in sync, and bring Link-en­abled apps and plu­g­ins from other man­u­fac­tur­ers into play – ideal for in­creas­ing the pro­duc­tiv­ity lev­els and gen­er­ally hav­ing more fun with your stu­dio buddy.


A great chal­lenge for all us pro­duc­ers and en­gi­neers is to take an ev­ery­day pro­duc­tion skill (such as cre­at­ing a synth sub bass or slic­ing up a break­beat) and learn to do the same thing but us­ing a to­tally dif­fer­ent method. Same re­sults; dif­fer­ent tech­niques. This is great prac­tice, as it not only keeps things fresh, but also teaches us to think out­side the box when solv­ing prob­lems in the lab. Good luck!

Able­ton’s fancy Link tech­nol­ogy makes work­ing with other users a cinch

Edi­tors Keys are a time­saver for nav­i­gat­ing your DAW

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