As music producers who continuously work Song by Song, we can easily fall into habits. We can find a specific sample that we always use in our productions, use the same Synthesizer for our bass lines, or create Songs in the same key. These habits can damage your music in the long run if you don’t develop as a producer. To help you get out of your comfort zone as a producer, I have listed five ways to add creativity to your music.
Using a new instrument
When we find an instrument that we like to use, we often stay with it. Although this is not necessarily a Problem, we often get too used to how the instrument sounds. If we keep producing with the same sound, we can start to lose our creative inspiration. With a new instrument, we give our ears something fresh and exciting that can help generate new ideas that would not have been possible without this change. This does not mean that you need to choose a completely new instrument and learn to play from scratch. If you are a guitarist, you can simply search for a guitar that has a different sound than your current guitar. The guitarist does not have to go out, buy a drum kit and take drum lessons to gain this inspiration.
The after fool
Delays are one of the most basic mixing effects. No matter what type of Song you’re working on, you’re likely to add a DELAY effect to at least one of your Tracks. Most producers simply put the delay on a specific sound or sounds in the mix, select the parameters of the delay and call it done. Although this is an effective way to use a time limit, it limits your creativity. Open a send / return track in your DAW and set a delay on this channel. Then insert a modulation plugin after the delay. Every modulation effect works here. You can add a chorus, phaser, flanger, another delay, or any combination of modulation plugins. This adds another level of Sound interest to the delay and allows you to create unique delay effects. Experimenting is the key here.
Resampling is the process of recording your MIDI track or your existing audio track and bouncing the track down to a single audio folder. In this way, all the processing you have done on your Audio and MIDI track is visually displayed in this single audio folder and you can edit it even further. Resampling opens up new creative ways to manipulate your sounds. To perform this Resampling, open a new audio track and redirect the track you want to re-sample. Make sure that the new audio track you have created is armed and ready to record. Solo only the track you want to resample and empty the audio track and press Save. This will print the audio of the track you want to re-sample into the new audio track you have created. Once you have this new audio folder, you can experiment with audio processing to create new, unexplored sounds. Here are some ways to be creative with your newly resampled audio.
- Invert some parts of the audio.
- Hash and rearrange the audio.
- The Pitch for the entire audio, or parts of the audio.
- Add more effect plugins to the audio and rehearse it again.
Producing in a new environment
The production environment you are in has a direct impact on your creativity. Most of your production sessions will be held in the same room as your studio monitors, but not all sessions need to be in that room. If you are in the creative stages of your track, you don’t necessarily need to have your studio Setup with you. The goal of the creative session is to get your ideas in the DAW in the form of a draft. This design does not require that you have the optimal listening environment. When you find a new location, look for a place that you believe can inspire you. Anywhere from a cafe, your friend’s house or your local Park can be a place that encourages creativity.
One of the best ways to bring a creative mindset to your music is to take a break from the track you’re working on. When we work on a certain Song, we hear the Track over and over again. Our brain gets used to this sound and it becomes more difficult for us to implement new ideas. After running in a wall while making a particular track, take between one and three weeks of work on that particular track. When you finally open the track you got stuck on, your ears will be fresh and you can generate new ideas much more easily.
Creativity consists in liberating oneself from the normal and the repetitive. As human beings we are creatures of habit and our usual nature can hinder our creativity as artists. If you apply one of the five tips above, you can get rid of your daily habits of music production and give your music creativity.