Hello Composers, Mike here!
What are you favorite workflow tips that you can share with your fellow composers? Here are some of my personal ways of boosting my workflow. =)
Using a Story Folder
- I have a folder in the top of my sequencer that I named “Story”. In this folder I have some main instruments and tracks that I use both for sketching, coming up with new ideas, and sometimes even recording the “Main Parts” of my music composition. The essential tracks I use are: Rhythm (short articulations on strings), Harmony (Piano + Strings) and Melody (Piano + Strings).
Writing the Chords in your DAW Project
- I like to write down all the chords I use (except passing/leading chords), and most often I use the arrangement track or marker track for this in my DAW (Logic Pro). Sometimes I record the chords into my story folder on the harmony track, because then I can use it as building blocks for my full arrangement too. But mainly I love having the visual reference at the top of my sequencer of the current chords as I play, write and record new parts in my music.
Custom Key Commands + Controller
- I love creating lots of custom key commands in my DAW, and I also use an external device called Stream Deck which I then map my most essential key commands to (both native and custom ones). I strongly feel that learning and developing an instinct for using as many key commands as possible it essential for a quick workflow in your DAW.
Creating a Master DAW Project Template
- By master I mean one single project template that rules them all. I have done this with all my main track folders and mixing groups, all essential insert effects and send effects added, my own naming and coloring structure, all main instruments and sections added, and so on. This means I can start up my master template, and instantly get going with the creativity to make music, not set up technical things and load instruments and presets! =)
So let me hear your thoughts my fellow composers. What are you favorite workflow tips that you can share with your fellow composers? =)
Mikael “Mike” Baggström
Founder of professionalcomposers.com