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How to Produce Faster, More Effectively & Creatively

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    Introduction

    Multiplier welcomes you and goes over what the series is all about.

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    Mouse DPI Modes

    Learn how to optimize cursor speed, using the side buttons on a mouse to toggle between these speeds, called DPI modes, to work faster and more efficiently.

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    How to Always "Win"

    This is the most important time-management principle. If you learn just one concept, learn this one. It applies to both hour-by-hour choosing of tasks, as well as long-term strategy and direction.

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    Corridor Test

    Use this to make sure you're being effective (doing the "right" things), in all aspects of creating music.

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    Match DAW to Ambient Light

    Do this to avoid/reduce eye fatigue, when using your computer for more than a short period of time.

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    Everything You Can See

    See how to optimize the layout of your studio space, when working in your bedroom, or the living room. It's a super powerful strategy to feel more creative, and more productive.

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    Listening Volume

    Every 10/15 minutes, change the listening volume. Learn the reasons why.

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    Systematize Networking

    Because of Dunbar's number (explained in the video), you'll need to create a system to effectively network/market your music.

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    Closing Other Apps

    It's a simple idea, but one of the easiest to implement, and an extremely common mistake I see.

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    Search

    Folders aren't the best way to find files. There's a reason all the big platforms (Netflix, Gmail, Amazon, etc..) use search instead. Let me explain.

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    Batch Renaming for Search

    Use this to make your sample collection keyword searchable.

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    Keyboard Shortcuts

    This is probably the most important technique to work fast. In this video I explain why. Spoiler: it also allows you to work more creatively!

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    Plug Everything In

    It's a simple idea, but super important and I explain why. I also give some ideas for ways to implement this.

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    Don't Reinvent the Wheel

    Spend your time focusing on the creative components of what you're creating. Spend time and energy on what makes your track uniquely exciting and interesting.

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    Reachability

    You're more likely to use gear you can reach. There's more nuance to this though than you might expect. Let me explain.

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    Social Proof

    This is commonly misunderstood. It's also one of the main pillars of influence and marketing.

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    Write Down Solved Problems

    Again, a simple idea, but it's a very common mistake people make.

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    Do Hard Things When Easy

    With lots to do (sound design, songwriting, marketing, admin, etc..) use this concept to decide which to work on. You'll do it better, faster, and more enjoyably.

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    Night Colors

    This completely transforms the night-time producing experience - not to mention, you can use it to get creatively unstuck!

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    Playback Devices

    If you want to produce effectively (doing the "right" things), this is a critical technique.

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    Archive & Start Fresh

    This is a very necessary strategy to avoid getting stuck, and creating the same things over and over again.

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    Reduce Choice

    Choice paralysis is the enemy of working fast, and completing tracks. Reducing choice also forces creativity.

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    Bounce to Audio

    Commit to ideas and move forward in the creation process. I also show how to do all this, WITHOUT losing the ability to go back and redo/change something, if need be.

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    Measure

    Be more effective at mastering, and reduce time wasted dealing with uncertainty.

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    Stand Up

    It's a way to be more creative, and not to mention healthier. I share some insights and ideas as to why, and how to implement this in your own space.

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    Do a Test Master

    Use this technique to be more effective in your mixing. With twenty minutes doing a test master, you can save hours of mixing in the wrong direction.

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    Liking Social Posts

    Done correctly, this is a simple way to improve name recognition and show interest, when pitching to small to medium size labels/platforms.

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    WIP Organization

    Explore some strategies and techniques for staying organized.

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    Lead Domino

    What task would render everything else either easier or obsolete?

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    Ergonomics

    This is one of the most important, but usually ignored, concepts when setting up a space. I share lots of the most important ideas, from monitor height, to chair type!

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    Time Challenge & 80:20 Analysis

    Use a "time challenge" to work faster, but maybe more importantly, to work on the "right" things. Explore 80:20 analysis, to work on the 20% of things, that contribute to 80% of a track's quality/success.

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    Automate

    Automate anything that doesn't add any creative value to what you're doing.

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    Chase Antelope

    A lion could eat mice (easier to catch), instead of antelope - but they don't. Find out why, and how this concept applies to everything you do as a music producer or DJ.

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    Systematically Personalize

    Use this to be more effective in pitching tracks to influencers/labels/platforms.

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    What Not to Say

    Avoid one of the biggest mistakes I see when people send me tracks.

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    A/B Testing

    This is basically how the internet works, yet most music producers never do it. We should.

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    Defaults

    Explore one of the most fundamental techniques of working faster, learn why, and see a few examples.

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    Light

    Use light to control your energy level. See how...

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    Smell

    Almost always overlooked, but it's a quick and simple way to make you feel better, more creative, and more productive.

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    Random Sample Trick

    See this creative hack, a beautiful little concept for finding the next sample to use.

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    Social Media Numbers

    Love them or hate them, learn how to build those initial social numbers. It's necessary to be effective in marketing your music.

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    Change Colors

    It sounds simple, but it works. It's called a "pattern interrupt", and I explain WHY it works.

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    Stay Focused

    Learn how to stop your phone stealing your attention, as well as a favorite productivity hack of mine, the "train journey to nowhere".

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    Single Plug-In Challenge

    There's a trick to this, a way to do it for free, resulting in you being more creative.

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    Batching

    I share a few examples, as well as what types of things you should batch.

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    Ten Ideas a Day

    The magic is in the final three or four ideas... Let me explain.

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    Keep It Simple

    Again, it sounds obvious, but most people don't do it. I share a whole range of examples to enforce the concept.

Product Overview


Adam Pollard aka Multiplier, delivers an indispensable video tutorial series on how to produce music and tracks faster, more efficiently and creatively. Presented in a "Talking Head" seminar style, this series contains 47 videos covering a wide range of topics, techniques and insights. If you work in a studio or need fresh ways to create your music and content, this series will be a great help.

Adam starts of by welcoming you and then hits the ground running with tutorials on important time-management principles, ways to make sure you’re being effective in all aspects of creating music, tricks to make sure the person you’re pitching your track to recognizes your name, and how to avoid/reduce eye fatigue, when using your computer for more than a short period of time.

Throughout the rest of the video tutorials you’ll gain priceless information on numerous topics relating to productivity in the studio, social marketing of your music, pitching your music to others, setting different moods in your workspace for more efficiency and creative stimulation, DAW tips and tricks, implementing theories such as the 80/20 rule, time challenges, and the “Ten Ideas a Day” exercise and much, much more.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you are a producer or studio enthusiast, this series will seriously give you a fresh perspective on what you do. See how to make better productions with less effort and more enjoyment, and even open new opportunities for yourself and brand… Watch “How to Produce Faster, More Effectively & Creatively” today.


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teashea
Submitted 6 months ago

Some good ideas

It is only necessary to listen to the first few seconds of each video to get the idea for that video.



Me
Submitted 7 months ago

Outstanding!

This is a superb presentation and extraordinary ideas!

I am a: Professional


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Fighter Composer
Submitted 7 months ago

Very useful!!

These videos are really good. I can't stop watching them. Lots of useful tips!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Cakewalk Sonar


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Glamour Guy
Submitted 7 months ago

Fresh Ideas on how to be more creative and save time.

I think the main point of this series is to help people open up to new ideas and ways to raise their productivity by doing things differently. A change of habits brings about a fresh perspective, and being more prepared to be creative by changing your mindset.

I am a: Student, Musician, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools


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Tom Helvey
Submitted 7 months ago

Great Hacks

A bunch of short videos with good ideas that won't eat too much time to watch. If you've been producing for more than a month, you've probably already discovered some of these. I'm all in for the lighting hacks.


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BrooklynBoy
Submitted 7 months ago

Excellent speaker!!!

Adam is a very helpful teacher and extremely informative.
Ignore the couple of bad reviews below. Adam is always enjoyable to listen to and his other videos are of highest quality as well.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live


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SkyLucy
Submitted 7 months ago

Packed with organization and decision making ideas to maximize production!

Many ideas here. Even though some of the suggestions don't exactly apply to me, the underlying discussion - which concentrates on being creative and reducing the time spent on setting up - is spot on for where I am right now. I liked how he created a custom shelf to store and keep his equipment available but not in the way. I liked what he said about using spreadsheets to organize tracks and network contacts and I plan to try that. I did not know I can change the DPI on my mouse "on the fly" and I will try it soon. After years of spending time and a fortune buying equipment, software and loops and watching videos such as this one, I agree with him that I no longer have time for 80% of things I have been doing. I appreciated this video and look forward to watching more of Multiplier's other videos.

I am a: Beginner, Student, Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Reason


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Piedpiper
Submitted 7 months ago

More Needed!

This course needed an illustration or some form of an example to hold my interest. The speaker is good, but I don't want to listen to him talk throughout the presentation.

I am a: Professional, Musician


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metamorphis8
Submitted 7 months ago

Complete Waste of Time

Most of Groove 3's content is good to excellent; this type of content is simply ridiculous. Essentially, hours of watching this reviewer's face, while he talks and talks and offers no useful examples of how he implements his questionable advice. I have watched this reviewer's other series, and they are also quite bad, but this one takes the cake for the most useless.

I am a: Musician

Response from Customer Service:

Thank you for your review.
I am very sorry you couldn't apply the suggestions Adam has used in his career to achieve more efficiency and creativity.
Obviously these are techniques that have worked for him and his peers in the music business but we understand that they may not work for everyone.
It looks like you also had trouble with ease of use, access, and quality of the videos. If you are having technical trouble, feel free to contact support so that we can help you optimize your set up!

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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teashea
Submitted 6 months ago

Some good ideas

It is only necessary to listen to the first few seconds of each video to get the idea for that video.


Me
Submitted 7 months ago

Outstanding!

This is a superb presentation and extraordinary ideas!

I am a: Professional

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Fighter Composer
Submitted 7 months ago

Very useful!!

These videos are really good. I can't stop watching them. Lots of useful tips!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Cakewalk Sonar

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Glamour Guy
Submitted 7 months ago

Fresh Ideas on how to be more creative and save time.

I think the main point of this series is to help people open up to new ideas and ways to raise their productivity by doing things differently. A change of habits brings about a fresh perspective, and being more prepared to be creative by changing your mindset.

I am a: Student, Musician, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Tom Helvey
Submitted 7 months ago

Great Hacks

A bunch of short videos with good ideas that won't eat too much time to watch. If you've been producing for more than a month, you've probably already discovered some of these. I'm all in for the lighting hacks.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

BrooklynBoy
Submitted 7 months ago

Excellent speaker!!!

Adam is a very helpful teacher and extremely informative.
Ignore the couple of bad reviews below. Adam is always enjoyable to listen to and his other videos are of highest quality as well.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

SkyLucy
Submitted 7 months ago

Packed with organization and decision making ideas to maximize production!

Many ideas here. Even though some of the suggestions don't exactly apply to me, the underlying discussion - which concentrates on being creative and reducing the time spent on setting up - is spot on for where I am right now. I liked how he created a custom shelf to store and keep his equipment available but not in the way. I liked what he said about using spreadsheets to organize tracks and network contacts and I plan to try that. I did not know I can change the DPI on my mouse "on the fly" and I will try it soon. After years of spending time and a fortune buying equipment, software and loops and watching videos such as this one, I agree with him that I no longer have time for 80% of things I have been doing. I appreciated this video and look forward to watching more of Multiplier's other videos.

I am a: Beginner, Student, Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Reason

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Piedpiper
Submitted 7 months ago

More Needed!

This course needed an illustration or some form of an example to hold my interest. The speaker is good, but I don't want to listen to him talk throughout the presentation.

I am a: Professional, Musician

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

metamorphis8
Submitted 7 months ago

Complete Waste of Time

Most of Groove 3's content is good to excellent; this type of content is simply ridiculous. Essentially, hours of watching this reviewer's face, while he talks and talks and offers no useful examples of how he implements his questionable advice. I have watched this reviewer's other series, and they are also quite bad, but this one takes the cake for the most useless.

I am a: Musician

Response from Customer Service:

Thank you for your review.
I am very sorry you couldn't apply the suggestions Adam has used in his career to achieve more efficiency and creativity.
Obviously these are techniques that have worked for him and his peers in the music business but we understand that they may not work for everyone.
It looks like you also had trouble with ease of use, access, and quality of the videos. If you are having technical trouble, feel free to contact support so that we can help you optimize your set up!
Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started producing music just over 5 years ago, right about when Skrillex's Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP dropped.

2. What training have you had?

I'm fully self-taught, and haven't had any formal training. I use online resources and learn a lot by talking to other producers about how they do things too.

3. When did you get into recording?

(same answer as number 1)

4. People you have worked with/for?

DJTechTools, iZotope, Output, CAPSUN Pro Audio, Loopmasters, Plugin Boutique, Industrial Strength, 5Pin Media

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I've had a lot of experience in the EDM space, from producing tracks and sample packs that have charted on sites like Beatport, through to DJing internationally and running a record label. And on the training side I've produced thousands of tutorials, and also tutor people one to one.

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How to Produce Faster, More Effectively & Creatively is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 9 .
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Some good ideas It is only necessary to listen to the first few seconds of each video to get the idea for that video.
Date published: 2019-01-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very useful!! These videos are really good. I can't stop watching them. Lots of useful tips!
Date published: 2018-12-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Outstanding! This is a superb presentation and extraordinary ideas!
Date published: 2018-12-01
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great Hacks A bunch of short videos with good ideas that won't eat too much time to watch. If you've been producing for more than a month, you've probably already discovered some of these. I'm all in for the lighting hacks.
Date published: 2018-11-28
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Fresh Ideas on how to be more creative and save time. I think the main point of this series is to help people open up to new ideas and ways to raise their productivity by doing things differently. A change of habits brings about a fresh perspective, and being more prepared to be creative by changing your mindset.
Date published: 2018-11-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent speaker!!! Adam is a very helpful teacher and extremely informative.
Ignore the couple of bad reviews below. Adam is always enjoyable to listen to and his other videos are of highest quality as well.
Date published: 2018-11-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Packed with organization and decision making ideas to maximize production! Many ideas here. Even though some of the suggestions don't exactly apply to me, the underlying discussion - which concentrates on being creative and reducing the time spent on setting up - is spot on for where I am right now. I liked how he created a custom shelf to store and keep his equipment available but not in the way. I liked what he said about using spreadsheets to organize tracks and network contacts and I plan to try that. I did not know I can change the DPI on my mouse "on the fly" and I will try it soon. After years of spending time and a fortune buying equipment, software and loops and watching videos such as this one, I agree with him that I no longer have time for 80% of things I have been doing. I appreciated this video and look forward to watching more of Multiplier's other videos.
Date published: 2018-11-18
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from More Needed! This course needed an illustration or some form of an example to hold my interest. The speaker is good, but I don't want to listen to him talk throughout the presentation.
Date published: 2018-11-17
Rated 1.0 out of 5 by from Complete Waste of Time Most of Groove 3's content is good to excellent; this type of content is simply ridiculous. Essentially, hours of watching this reviewer's face, while he talks and talks and offers no useful examples of how he implements his questionable advice. I have watched this reviewer's other series, and they are also quite bad, but this one takes the cake for the most useless.
Date published: 2018-11-17
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