Music production is a lot of work with a lot of different tasks. With the right process, anyone can become more productive as a music producer through these five tips.
Create Favorite Music Samples Folder
Take all your samples that use often and put them in different folders. Make sure that you label each folder by the type of sound. For example, you can put all the Kick drums in one folder and rename the folder to ‘Kick Drums’ The following procedure you can do it for other sounds like Synths Bass, Percussions, Fx, Vocals, and so on.
Learn your DAW Key Commands
A DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) is a software application for recording and processing audio signals and you can do many tasks through this software. The most common key commands are Ctrl C ‘copy’ and Ctrl V ‘paste’ but there are several others like creating midi/audio channels, open a mixer, open the piano roll, edit a WAV file and so much more. Learning the keyboard shortcuts for the functions you use most is going to save you a lot of time.
Categorize your VST Plugins
For this Tip, you can use the same logic as the above Tip 1. Make different folders and label them with names like ‘Best synths for Leads’ ‘Best Synth for Bass, My Drum Machines’ ‘Best EQ’ ‘Best Compressors’ and e.t.c. If you are an Ableton user you can find more how you can do it easily on Ableton website
Organize your Samples by Key Label
When you start an audio project on a specific Key Scale, it’s important to stay focus and keep track of your progress.
A great way to do that is by using samples that will fit well on your project. For example, if you are working on a C major key Scale you need to import samples with the same key with your project.
Of course, you can import samples from other key scales but these samples need extra processing and adjustment to make them fit in your certain scale. . If you want to be productive then make different folders and give a scale name to each one like, ‘Leads Key Scale C major’, ‘Vocals Scale C major’, and so on. There are many benefits to organize your sample by key label, but the most obvious one is that it makes finding what you’re looking for much easier.
Save Favorite VST Presets and FX Chains
A great way to stay focus and get inspired during the creative process is by browsing through favorite VST presets and FX chains. This can be a time-consuming process to open old project files and find that presets you are looking for. So creating different folders and save each presets for your favorite VSTs and Fx Chains can save you a lot of time, and access them with just a few clicks.
Conclusion: Organize your audio stuff regularly, will help you to stay focus, speeding up your overall workflow to be more productive as a music producer.