8 Tips to Improve Your Workflow

Improve your workflow as music producer

1) Eliminate Distractions

Turn off phone your phone and Wi-Fi and put aside designated time for music.

2) Make a habit of reading manuals

Study manuals for DAW's, plugins, hardware either straight away or even before purchasing.

-There's often information in the manual that will speed up and improve your workflow while reducing the learning curve.

-Reading manuals before purchasing will help you gain a better-informed decision about your future investments.

3) Organise your files

-Having a well-organised sample library and creating a simple file structure on your computer so you can find files and folders quickly.

-Avoiding long chains of subfolders and setting up shortcuts to most used files and folders.

-Creating folders of your favourite samples and presets or most commonly used packs. Having them together will cut down on time searching when it comes to writing.

- Avoid miscellaneous files accumulating.

-Automate Backups. Ideally, both locally such as an external hard drive and online. Having a local back up is great for quick recovery of files, but it's likely to be in the same space as your computer in the event of a fire, burglary or natural disaster whereas an online backup offers further security of your files.

4) Limitation forces creativity

-The vast amount of tools and plugins available can become overwhelming. Choose intuitive plugins to work with and limit yourself to working with a few plugins at a time.

Limited plugins will encourage you to explore the possibilities and limitations of these tools and can help avoid procrastination.

5) Learn the keyboard shortcuts for your DAW

Keyboard shortcuts allow fast and intuitive access to settings or processes in your DAW by bypassing menus.

Learning shortcuts for regularly performed tasks will significantly speed up productivity.

6) DAW templates

Having templates saves repeating repetitive tasks when setting up projects and speeds up workflow. Templates are going to be personal to your specific workflow. They should include common things that you find you are using in the majority of projects such as any analysis tools, reverb returns, instruments you regularly use and group folders.

7) Keep projects tidy and well organized

-Label tracks and color code them to make projects easy to navigate.

-Use group folders to keep related instruments together in your project.

8) Use reference tracks

Using references tracks that you aspire to help with inspiration, mixing levels and ideas for track structure.