This is a pretty common scenario. You write some cool riffs, maybe even record them and add some other tracks so now you have a complete section. You have good intentions of making it into a full song but part of you knows it will probably sit there incomplete for another month or year or multiple years or…
Well there are only so many years, unless you intend on passing it on to some younger person to take over? Is that your plan. If so, then thats pretty weird but you can do whatever you like, it’s your music. Personally i would rather finish the stupid thing off and share it around, or at least have it as a finished song for myself to listen to. Theres a good chance it won’t meet the expectation you had of it in your head, thats because your imagination can make it sound perfect. Thats ok, each time you finish a new song it will get closer to that ideal production you had in your head.
I’m in the same boat, i have many riffs all over the place with some potential but incomplete non the less.
So how to we change our ways?
A bit of focus goes a long way. Write down somewhere which song you intend to finish This holds you to it in some respect. Now go into your daw or whatever your using and start doing what you have to do to make it happen. This doesn’t mean you should stop writing other stuff at the same time it just means get one at a time done fully.
– Make a decision to produce one particular song (well).
– Write some different sections like into or some joining parts.
– Figure out where or who or what you need to make it happen.
– The song is more important than the recording tools, so focus mainly on the song writing.
– Put in some markers for sections
– Click track or no click
– make a scratch track
– Don’t mix until you’ve finished recording!
Kick yourself in the ass and finish the song.
Mix it and mark it off the list. Go and record your next song.
Not everyone is a perfectly trained musician and therein lies the point of this post. Use that to your advantage. I don’t always wanna hear the same guitar lick or drum fill over and over with robotic precision. I want you to press humanize. Do the wrong thing and do it well. Your quirks could be the mutation that leads to new sounds.
Maybe you already do or have read some books on audio production, but there are probably some more you haven’t read yet.
There is million places you can find info on the internet, but sometimes the best place to start is in a book. So take a break from the hectic world of your computer for a few minutes a night and absorb the tried and true method of information sharing.
Here are some to take a look at:
Mastering Audio, The Art & The Science by Bob Katz
Total recording by David Moulton
Mixing engineer’s handbook by Bobby Owinksy
The Daily Adventures of Mixerman
Mixing With Your Mind by Michael Stavrou
Sound Recording Handbook by John Woram
All You Need Is Ears by George Martin
The Microphone Handbook by John Eargle
Audio Cyclopedia by Howard Tremaine
The Sound Reinforcement Handbook by Gary Davis and Ralph Jones
Article by sound on sound
These 2 guys look pretty handy. Pretty reasonable price. There’s a lot of interfaces to choose from these days. I’m glad i’m not in the market for one because it would be hard to make a decision. I would probably be pretty happy with one of these. 18 inputs!… sweet. Some outputs!… Bonus. Red!…makes it go faster. Now stop reading my words and click on the Heading which connects you to another website with more professional and coherent words.
by KEVIN WARD from Mixcoach.com
Good info to know. This info is primarily U.S based so check out your country’s copyright law. There is a link in this article to European laws. I just looked up some info for my home (Australia) and i found this, which i am breaking copyright law no doubt to share with you. How ironic.
“You do not apply for copyright in Australia, and there is no system of registration here. Nor are there any forms to fill in, or fees to be paid. You do not need to publish your work, put a copyright notice on it, or do anything else before your work is covered by copyright – the protection is free and automatic, from the time a work is first written down or recorded in some way. For example, as soon as a poem is written, or a song is recorded, it is protected.”
The above info is from The Australia Copyright Council www.copyright.org.au. I hope they don’t sue me.