Sound Design Is Ruining Your Music
Have you ever opened your digital audio workstation (DAW) because you’re in the mood to make some music, but then you end up spending hours searching for the right bass sound? Then, feeling frustrated because you’ve wasted hours and didn’t even find the right sound, you close your DAW and open Instagram instead.
If you’ve ever done that, then we have a huge secret to reveal to you: forget about sound design, it’s probably the worst distraction in the music making process!
Now, we’re not saying that you shouldn’t spend hours on designing the perfect sounds. We’re saying that you should not be spending your time trying to design the right bass sound, when you haven’t even written the bass line yet. How could you possibly know what the right sound is for a bass line you haven’t yet written?
Working on sound design before you’ve written the music, is like mastering before you’ve mixed. Yes, mastering is essential but it needs to happen after the mixing. Same with sound design. Yes, it’s essential, but it needs to happen after the writing.
And of course, the sound you choose will usually affect what you write for it. For example, the line you’d write for a bass guitar will be different to the one you’d write for a bass synth. But (and it’s a BIG but), will the line you’d write for a Fender 4-string bass guitar be different to the one you’d write for a Gibson 4-string bass guitar? No! And that’s exactly why you should use presets when writing.
Simply decide if the melody you wanna write is for a bass guitar or a bass synth, then choose a preset that’s kinda close to what you want, and get writing! Then, when you’re happy with your bass line, don’t start sound designing it. Not yet. You’re still in the writing stage, so move on to your drums.
And use the same approach here. Do you want a realistic sounding drum kit or an electronic kit? Choose a preset that’s in the ballpark of what you want, then get writing! Then continue on to the next instrument. And the next. Chords. Melody. Counter melody. Then move on to the next section. Keep going! Stay focused. Don’t start sound designing until you’ve completely finished writing.
You see, when you’re writing music, you’re in the sublime state known as Flow. This is where time disappears. You and your music are one. In fact, there is no you anymore, just oneness. The flow state is the ultimate high, but it can be lost in a split second. And one of the easiest ways to lose it is to switch tasks. Also, you’re exponentially more creative when you’re in the flow state. So, you can massively improve your creativity and therefore your music, by simply focusing on the writing process exclusively, and avoiding distractions like sound design.
However, it’s vital that you actually know the method for writing a song from start to finish. Especially when it comes to how you write a new section for an existing section, how you transition between sections, and how you structure and arrange your song. So, if you wanna learn Ray’s secret method, which he has used to make music with multiplatinum Grammy-winning artists, then enroll in our Video Course.
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