Sound design vs. Workflow
I was talking with a friend. We were talking about how sound design
can often slow down or stop your songwriting workflow.
Have you ever had a great song idea, but by the time you started
attempting to create the sounds in your head you’ve lost the inspiration?
If so, you are in good company. This happens to the best of us.
Although there is nothing wrong with creating music with preset sounds,
it is often times not very inspiring. So what do we suggest for a better
Myself and my good friend decided that it’s best to create work sessions
completely devoted to experimenting with sounds with no intention of
writing a song. This takes the pressure off of you having to create “that”
sound for your particular song in progress and allows you to just enjoy
experimenting and tweaking sounds.
We also suggest you record all of your experimentation so you can cut up
the good bits later. If you get in the habit of having sessions devoted to
sound design, you will often find yourself inspired by some of the sounds
you come up with and ready to work them into a song.
This works very well because now the sounds are already there and you can
get to the business of writing songs and enjoying yourself with less technical
I hope this has been useful for you… any comments are always welcome!
Happy music making,
Well this has been a kind of workflow i really enjoy , been thinking if this was really the right thing to , so you guys mentioning this is absolutely genius. Thanks for the ups cos this really helps .
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Thanks for sharing
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Words of wisdom, right there
Being a newbie to Ableton I’m enjoying the time working my way round Ableton and its capabilities which means more training sessions as I call them actual writing.
I think that when it comes to production, music, or art in general, your path is unique and personal. Not only that, but you shape it as it goes based on what works for you. For me, sound design and tracking are often the same thing. The sound that’s made defines what melody, or what attitude is conveyed. Sometimes I do bring in sounds I’ve made from other projects, but even then they are almost always tweaked so that they respond to whatever I’m feeling.