Managing Creativity And Building A Blog


Managing Creativity And Building A Blogging Website.

Time Management

Showcasing Talent

Releasing Music


It can be challenging finding just enough time to write music but what about when you have a writer’s block, we don’t have the motivation to write music as well for some time and you just got situations where writing music is just not in your  interest you know what I mean it’s not much different for blogger either some of us even have to use voice to text just to get an article written because it’s hard to focus when you try to write an article with so many distractions now as I write my articles using voice to text to help write better articles and speak my mind so this article covers how I tackle both writing music and trying to find the time to do my blog as well so strap in you’re in for a ride.

Writing music is pretty hard as it is especially if you got distractions family coming into your room all the time even when you’ve told him you’ve got stuff going on trying to write a song you know what it’s like if you’re a family person and got people come into your room its tough, but we make do and that’s what I’m doing so when I can’t focus on making music I can take a step back and think about a blog post I might go down to the gym sit on a cardio machine and then think about my blog and a post, then express myself using a voice to text so that I can get my thoughts straight onto a blog post and see how other people react because that’s what it is, it’s sitting back telling it like it is and being truthful to my readers and I admit it’s not easy but nothing is easy otherwise It wouldn’t even be worth doing would it.

I’m sitting on a cardio bike right now explaining the situation that I’m in but I’m also trying to build a Blog that gives good quality content to my readers, talking about software and why I use them this is especially important talking about trying to make time to run your business, build business and then find time to also blog so one of the bonuses to having Like a 24 hour gym membership, if you live in a small town like I do, is you can go into a gym when its empty to get your thoughts onto a phone and save them and post them on your blog once you’ve edited them at home.

Just try talking to your phone when you got family around though so that’s why I have come to this idea we can just go straight to the gym talk about it here and then edit it when you get home.

So my article today talks about this finding time finding a balance wish you really have to do when my creativity kicks and it’s usually late at night as well so I got to sit down right when the inspiration kicks in and I’ll put some new ideas down and a program sometimes I don’t always work out so I don’t usually write the entire mix I’ll write it into like a loop Style and see if it flows before I progress the song cos you don’t have been progressing the song if it’s not gonna go anywhere she just keep adding more and more and more ideas to the song while the creativity is there usually you give it enough time and you can start progressing the song on from there if you’ve got enough inspiration to work with otherwise there’re some days you just you get nowhere and and you got to slide stop he think yourself like I am I going to sit here and watch YouTube videos all night or can I make better use my time so that’s why I started doing a Blog so now I can write quality articles and then when my creativity kicks in again I can then also write good music as well I wouldn’t say I’m an expert at music but I just enjoy the time I have when I do write music so do it for fun see you in my spare time I also like learning web design creating interesting looking websites without spending a fortune I’ll watch video guides myself and learn certain techniques to get a look and feel that I’m after for example there’s a plugin you can get for WordPress called elemental page builder is absolutely fantastic four building front pages or static website I swear by using it a lot of the time but in recent months I’ve been seeing the progress of the new Gutenberg text editor what’s actually a block editor and it’s been an absolutely fantastic tool to use as well so I’ve been trying to go as minimal as possible my website and sort of just work with themes and customise them to get what I want from as you can see here they also take a bit of time so I don’t do it a lot that’s why I’ve been minimising the site so I can just focus on writing content.

So how’s thing when I want to write articles I take my phone somewhere quiet and I focus on the article I want to talk about use voice to text haven’t written a lot of the text because I’m talking straight to the phone and then edit all the content that I record I select what I want and don’t want for my post like I said this is a really really tricky to try and find a balance and time and I gotta make do with what I’ve got.

How do you manage your time and creativity how do you find a balance let me know in the comments below be sure to check back on my block for new updates I’m constantly trying to bring out fresh content and eventually I’ll have a guide up as well soon

What Makes A Good DAW?

Introduction:
Hi Readers, Its Dean Barrett I have been composing music since 2001 and I have seen many DAW’s (Digital Audio Workstations) in my years of music production so I am back to answer this question I get frequently asked “What Makes A Good DAW?”

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You want a DAW that’s rock solid stable, reliable, up to date with a customizable ui and expandable plugin feature set with the ability to add third party VST instruments, tools whileĀ  supporting samples should you need them.
My top places to buy Loops & Samples (review)

As music producers we tend to stick to work with what best suits our workflow & offers native support & compatibility with our hardware and software instruments.
But many other factors determine a good DAW and most of it these days comes down to user preference.

In my humble beginnings, I was introduced to a software called Acid Pro, which was a really simple to use loop mixing DAW that had a boat load of features and was one of the easiest to use at the time, getting creative ideas out and released was very fast, especially when I was working on creating DJ Mix Sets and gathering as many sample libraries I could to put together sets for my DJ Friends.

Choosing A DAW

  • Stability

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  • Stability is very important when it comes to producing music especially when you are working to create a brand new song, you can’t have your studio software crashing in the middle of your project and the worst part is sometimes they do not even have automated backups of your work to protect against losing your work.
  • If you happen to have one such program that does often crash, my advice to you is to always remember to frequently save your work, because theres nothing worse than losing your entire song because an unexpected error occured in your project and daw.exe needs to close. šŸ™
    It can be very frustrating and more often then not, you will find yourself looking into the problem trying to find solutions to why the program is crashing and having to sort it all out.
  • User Interface

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  • A user interface that suits your workflow is really important because this is where you’ll most likely be spending up to four hours a day or more working and you need to have a user interface that helps you get things done rather than fighting your way around the application you can focus on producing the song. It is nice when DAW’s give you enough functionality and features but steps out of the way when your creativity is at its peak and you need space to work with less clutter.
  • User Preference while not one user interface works for everyone which is why so many DAW’s exist offering freedom to create in whatever fashion some offer complete customization and others do not. the best advice I could offer anyone going for a DAW for the very first time is to research the studio software you are interested in especially watching tutorial videos and look for free trials of those programs that way you can get hands on with the software before spending your cash on something you might regret.
    Check out my top 10 DAW’s for Beginners article
  • Compatibility
    • Though not quite as much of a problem as it used to be there are still lingering issues that may happen when you experience compatibility issues.
    • VST compatibility issues can plague older studio programs which don’t support the newer plugins available and you may experience crashes or abnormal operation of the program or a complete crash its no fun and its happened to me so often that I have limited the amount of instruments that I use in a given project or phased out older ones that are no longer compatible.
    • Operating System Compatibility sometimes your operating system can determine what can and cant be used so be sure to check with the software what operating system its designed for for example PC or Mac.
      Be sure to read the system requirements to make sure the system you are installing the software on is up to the task otherwise you may experience issues and abnormal operation.
  • FeaturesĀ 
    • When choosing a DAW features are very important, as software gets more and more feature rich we love having advanced functionality as a producer automation tools, built in instruments to get us started and excellent midi editing options really help with workflow, some studio programs even have techniques to aid in writing progressions faster and automatic quantizing as you play so that you don’t have to go back and manually edit the midi tracks all the time.
    • When I choose a studio application I make a note to check out all the features and find out which ones suit my needs and what can help me grow as an artist and improve my production techniques.
    • Mastering tools are also important allowing me to get a basic master done without having tons of third party tools can really improve workflow and save a bit of money as well.
  • Cost

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  • Choosing a DAW that fits your budget can be time consuming, that’s why I placed this low in the list, how much a DAW costs is not the most important aspect, however once you have purchased studio software, I’m wondering about its lifecycle before a new version is announced that I will undoubtedly have to upgrade to for my software to keep getting updates generally I aim for the Professional Editions of most studio software as you get the best value.
    Check Out My Top 3 DAW’s That I Use All The Time
  • User Preference does also apply here and it totally depends on your budget and all the factors above you will want to read reviews on them and learn about everything you can and check forums related to issues experienced by other users and see if solutions were provided to fix them.

Should You Use Automated Music Mastering?

What is automated music mastering software and how can it best help you to save time mastering your songs for online release or producing better music by Dean Barrett

ļ»æAutomatic mastering tools are just that, Tools,  they are designed to help assist the artist to analyze problems with a track and generate preview versions using a range of different presets depending on the application or other reference materials to allow the producer to hear the work under different mastering presets sometimes this can work and works well for quick and efficient time saving methods to get a draft out to the publisher or to DJ’s to use live once you have the sound your after but will it replace a professional music engineer no, but It can point you in the right direction and especially useful if you are producing a lot of music and need quick masters before sending off to a production library.

Should You Use Automated Mastering Software?

Automated mastering software have a place a s music producers toolkit
it can assist the producer in testing different audio environments and reference points allowing the user to determine which quality best suit a mix, this can effectively save time allowing you the producer to focus on getting more ideas into your song & doing basic EQ & Monitoring your levels and then moving the final mix down mastering to Automated Solutions.

If your work includes lots of production music releases where you are sending a large compilation away to a production library publisher and you are reasonably good at mastering your sounds already then you may find automatic mastering tools helpful especially if you have a good reference of your own to use for the whole album or style of music you are after.

So in short it could serve as a valuable tool to someone that produces a very large amount of music. but if you are releasing say your first album and your going to be putting this out on mainstream media and other websites where you want people to buy your album then I would give it a look but I would also look at getting a professional engineer to take a look at your work and assist you if you can afford this because the quality and attention to detail that an engineer would provide will get your product sounding its best.

Do Automatic Mastering Tools Replace A Sound Engineer

No, because a professional sound engineer brings experience and a keen ear to evaluate your music and provide input for your music

Known Automatic Mastering Programs

As a music producer I know a few that I have utilized in some of my productions such as Landr and AAMS.
I have mostly used AAMS recently due to the configuration options and presets you can go through for reference materials to get a good idea of hour my mix sounds under different reference tracks.

Overall Experience Using Automatic Mastering Software?

Using AAMS has worked best for me and I have found good results while using it its less of a one click tool and more of a bunch of options hear the result go back to my mix and make tweaks and re-master to hear the difference generally I do not focus too heavily on the mastering phase until my song is composed.

I don’t mind having automated mastering applications as long as I have some kind of control over the application and during my trial of AAMS it gave me the kind of control I was seeking.

Results

While using automated mastering tools to help with my recent projects I have found it to produce a better equalized track that plays better on multiple devices rather than just battling with my home studio setup or expensive headphones take a listen to my track Beyond The Stars Which was mastered using the AAMS tool for getting a quick master done for soundcloud. I was pretty impressed with the result and I am yet to try other settings.

Price

Paying for a software tool to master my songs for me is quite handy but I do like the affordability of getting quick masters done that are appropriate I am more of a DIY producer so I mostly do my own mastering and learn on the job as I work with different musical styles.
A license to use AAMS I believe is around $65 Euros or 105.00 Australian Approximately and that’s a pretty affordable price to pay for what it does.

Conclusion

Consider Automated Mastering tools for large batch mastering options, consider a professional mastering engineer for official album releases for download and consumer release.

What do you think of automated mastering tools and how has it helped your music career?