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Production Techniques & Strategies: Getting Unstuck

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    Introduction

    Adam welcomes you to the course and discusses what he will be covering.

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    How to Extend a Melody

    This is explores the fundamental concept/technique behind extending a melody - taking a 2/4/8 bar loop, and making it 4/8/16 bars long.

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    How to Extend a Chord Progression

    Learn how to extend a chord progression by re-voicing the chords. A super powerful concept/technique.

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    Treat the Arrangement as a Workspace

    A big trick to starting tracks is to treat the arrangement as a workspace, NOT as a place to perfectly sequence a single track.

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    Subtract Only

    Explore this simple, but powerful idea. I also show why the rhythm in an idea might not be flowing correctly.

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    Do the Opposite

    Another simple, yet super powerful concept. I give lots of examples to illustrate the idea. I also explain why this is so creatively useful as each workflow tends towards certain types of ideas/patterns.

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    Change Colors

    It may sound trivial, but this is super effective in getting you unstuck. I explain how to do this, why it works, as well as a bonus idea to take this one step further.

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    Bounce to Audio

    In this video, Adam shows various ways to do it, as well as WHY this works as one of the most tried and tested ways to get unstuck.

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    How to Focus on Songwriting

    Learn how to stop yourself getting distracted by sound design/mixing details. I explain the theory, and also show some practical applications using plug-ins.

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    Reduce Choice

    Don't be victim to choice paralysis, remove the choice of either sound design, melody, or rhythm. I demonstrate two ways to outsource the rhythm.

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    Creating Drop Synth Variations

    Adam demonstrates the standard way to create variations of drop leads, including workflow and organization tips like color coding and shortcuts.

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    Trick to Reset Your Ears

    Discover this interesting trick to help reset your ears if you've worked on your track so long you can't hear it objectively anymore, and also some considerations for what types of tracks this works well on, and not-so-well with.

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    The "Search" Trick

    This is one of my favorite ways to choose the next sample to use, moving you forward with your project.

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    What to Do If You Aren't Feeling Creative

    This will save you time for when you ARE feeling more creative.

Product Overview


Adam Pollard aka Multiplier, presents a helpful video tutorial series about ways to get unstuck when feeling stagnated or lost when producing your music. Get a ton of helpful ideas that will get you back on track in no time!

Adam welcomes you then starts with inspiring ideas on how to extend a melody, develop a chord progression, treat your arrangement as a workspace, and using subtraction techniques to add more to your tracks.

Moving on you’ll learn production techniques such as “Doing the Opposite” to come up with interesting new elements, changing colors to spark different emotions and creativity, bouncing to audio to get you unstuck, and how to focus on songwriting instead of getting distracted by sound design or mixing details.

Wrapping it up Adam gives more great ideas such as ways to beneficially reduce choice for a more focused approach, ways to create variations of drop leads, including workflow and organization tips like color coding and shortcuts, ways to help reset your ears if you’ve worked on your track for too long, ideas for searching for the perfect samples to use in your songs, and what to do if you just aren’t feeling creative.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you’re the creative type and or produce music, this video tutorial series will help you overcome the age old problem of getting stuck creatively… Watch “Production Techniques & Strategies: Getting Unstuck” today.


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Ear Shock Music
Submitted 8 months ago

Like a Smack in the Head! Good stuff.

Like a Smack in the Head. Good Stuff.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro


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MB60
Submitted 8 months ago

Nah

Hard to watch. One of my least favorite so far. Mostly recycled old concepts, delivered with over the top zeal.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Mixcraft

Response from Customer Service:

Thank you for your review.
I'm sorry you didn't find any techniques that you were not familiar with. For those with experience, these concepts will seem commonplace but will be valuable information to those new or inexperienced.
Hopefully these will confirm what you've known for some time and for those new to being stuck, they will become the old standby that you rely on time and time again.

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Mtbowe
Submitted 9 months ago

Very creative steps to help the music composition process

Awesome insight into the “Workflow” a few simple alternative tips can refocus a song or direction. Very cool!


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Ear Shock Music
Submitted 8 months ago

Like a Smack in the Head! Good stuff.

Like a Smack in the Head. Good Stuff.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro

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Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
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MB60
Submitted 8 months ago

Nah

Hard to watch. One of my least favorite so far. Mostly recycled old concepts, delivered with over the top zeal.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Mixcraft

Response from Customer Service:

Thank you for your review.
I'm sorry you didn't find any techniques that you were not familiar with. For those with experience, these concepts will seem commonplace but will be valuable information to those new or inexperienced.
Hopefully these will confirm what you've known for some time and for those new to being stuck, they will become the old standby that you rely on time and time again.
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Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
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Mtbowe
Submitted 9 months ago

Very creative steps to help the music composition process

Awesome insight into the “Workflow” a few simple alternative tips can refocus a song or direction. Very cool!

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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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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Production Techniques & Strategies: Getting Unstuck is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 3 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Like a Smack in the Head! Good stuff. Like a Smack in the Head. Good Stuff.
Date published: 2019-01-09
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Nah Hard to watch. One of my least favorite so far. Mostly recycled old concepts, delivered with over the top zeal.
Date published: 2019-01-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very creative steps to help the music composition process Awesome insight into the “Workflow” a few simple alternative tips can refocus a song or direction. Very cool!
Date published: 2018-12-10
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