02 – Creating And Using Templates

Anything that allows you to dive headlong into the art of creation, or discovery, rather than thinking about all the technical stuff that goes along with using a DAW is going to be beneficial to your creative process no end. With that in mind, this tutorial is geared up to demonstrate how to create and use templates.

Templates are extraordinarily useful. Firstly, they take away the need to think about instrumentation and anyone that has been producing music for even a short while will be well aware of the rabbit-hole that is choosing the ‘right’ bass sound for your current project! Also, your most-used FX and processors will be already in place, which will negate the need to painfully considering the merits of every single plugin in your over-stocked FX arsenal – another well-explored rabbit-hole!

As a bonus, due to the limited number of timbres, you’ll be using, templates may well eventually help create ‘your sound’. I for one have been using the same template, which is not unlike the one in the video, for at least 18 months and while I’m not sure I can claim to have a sound yet, I know it is helping move me in that direction.

My example chiefly uses audio tracks and what could be called ‘real’ instruments (i.e. Bass, guitar, organ, percussion, etc.) however, the use of templates is just as useful for electronic producers. Perhaps even more so as they have an entire world of sounds at their fingertips what with all the cheap, overloaded soft-synths now readily available.

Unfortunately, this is quite a lengthy video (around 30 mins, I think) but it will hopefully show you the way forward. But, once the template is in place it can be used forever saving you hours of technical thinking time!

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01 – Creating Arrangement Maps

Here’s the first of a series of tutorials I’ve developed to help you get the most out of your DAW and music production. In this video, I’ll show how to map-out the arrangement, or form (order of verses and choruses etc.) before you even think about what your actual music will sound like.

The more you can get into the ‘flow’ of making, or as I prefer, discovering your music, the better it will be in the long-run and having your mind distracted by the order of musical sections can only hinder this process.

Once you’ve been through this video it’s a great idea to analyse the order of sections in some of the music you listen to and, if you can be bothered, write these down to form a usable resource. If you do this for more than a few tracks you’ll begin to notice similarities between their arrangements. In reality, there are only a few ways to arrange your verses and choruses, etc. There’s very little need to reinvent the wheel.

There’s a little more info on arrangement, although this article is perhaps a little too stuffy and academic. This article about song structure may be useful.

Please let me know what you think about the video and be sure to let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to cover in future tutorials. Email me at: andrem@set2records.com


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