David Blake
David Blake

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How To Speed Up Your Production Workflow

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As a music producer, your Production workflow is critically important especially if you’re working on bigger projects. It’s important to stay organized to avoid issues and to help you achieve that, we’ve listed some handy tips.

1. Set goals beforehand

If you don’t know where you’re going how will you know the way? Feel the vibe, pick a key, collect some references and you are ready to go! This is one of the easiest ways to instantly achieve a faster music production workflow.

2. Keyboard shortcuts

Learn your DAW’s keyboard shortcuts, and you will save yourself a lot of time and frustration when working on music. You’ll also make the process feel smoother and more natural. Check out our hotkey mousepads available for FL Studio, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Cubase, Reason, Studio One and Pro Tools.

3. Color code

So simple, but often overlooked but it really saves so much time! No more scratching your head, wondering which bit of the project you’re working on… color-code your Intro, Verse, Hook, etc in different colors. It’s easy, quick and helps you visualize your track.

4. Make quality time

Give yourself a helping hand by unplugging from your phone, switching off the internet, and blocking off some time free from kids, flatmates and partners. It’s good for your music and it’s good for your soul.

5. Buses & sends

Not only is using Sends and Buses good for your music, it’s also a big timesaver! Instead of duplicating effect chains on loads of individual channels, use buses/sends to host one effect chain for a group of sounds.

6. Finish it!

This part of the production arc is where you can learn the most, so if you want to improve your work and speed up your flow, always finish your tracks.

7. Reverse engineer for a faster producer workflow

One of the best ways to educate yourself (and thus, speed up your workflow) is to reverse engineer other people’s work. Try and figure out how certain shounds, effects, or melodies were created by studying them and trying to recreate.

8. Templates Save

yourself time adding enough MIDI and Audio channels, creating basic Send tracks and Buses and more by using project templates. You can either design your perfect template yourself, or source them from professional producers and tutors. Check out our shop to view some of our templates.

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