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Sound Design vs Workflow | Music Software Training and Ableton Tutorial Videos

Sound Design vs Workflow

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
workflow?

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
interuptions.

I hope this has been useful for you… any comments are always welcome!

Happy music making,

Jason

 

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9 Responses to “Sound Design vs Workflow”

  1. July 17th, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Finishing tracks: Some tips to improve your songwriting productivity - MusicSoftwareTraining.com says:

    […] and tweaking it will keep you from getting lost in sound design. As I have talked about in another blog, it’s important to separate your sound design time from your songwriting time. Trying to do […]

  2. October 12th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    HarrisW says:

    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 .
    P.S
    The guy with driver’s license auto filter thing, whao people can be really creative .
    Thanks for sharing

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  6. August 6th, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Muscialista says:

    Words of wisdom, right there

  7. September 17th, 2012 at 10:53 am

    The beauty of not getting the sound you want | Music Software Training and Ableton Tutorial Videos says:

    […] In order to not get lost in too many options, you’ll want to make sure to read my post on separating your producing & sound design. We are still in the business of finishing songs after all. You just want those songs to sound like […]

  8. February 2nd, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Cecilia Brown says:

    Great idea!

    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.

  9. December 27th, 2013 at 2:50 am

    jawalker213 says:

    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.

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