Having a release schedule helps me get focused on finishing tracks. Without one, why would you bother? (other than for fun). Book some gigs ... then you have to finish some tunes.
Another option ... don't start a new tune until you finish the last one.
I don't play gigs haha. I just love to produce at the moment, but i'd like to see some improvement since im stuck for a while at this proces. Now and then I can make something longer, but not finish it.
do you get ideas for other tracks while not finishing the first one?
if so, go with it. get each idea down, at some point you will move past it. when you start having less fresh ideas (ie new starting points) and ideas will start coming for the parts you already have as you learn more.
if all else fails, add all your parts in to a sampler and mash it up in to one track
Sometimes, yes. But when that happens I get stuck too haha. I tried that also, but it's like some big f*cking hill my mind need to get over, because when I go back, it's the same story, i can not finish it.
@ dark virus
nteresting, because this is something that definitively doesn't work for me.
This is a common subject on KVR forums. So, instead of writing, I'll put a link for a song I like a lot. A 4 bar loop repeated for 4 minutes without get annoying. Taking instruments in and out, clever filtering use and some little arrangement tricks. So simple, yet, works like a charm.
It may not be related to your style, but you get the idea.
Most of time, our amazing loop is already a song. We just don't see it yet.
Thanks man, yeah maybe I overthink it, thinking that it needs to be extreme complex or very special. Will play with this, it's not the style I produce in, but can try it.
We all do, but sometimes there's just not enough material for whole track and we have no inspiration to work with that idea at that moment, sometimes opening old idea sparks new inspiration, sometimes some ideas are bigger than us and we should grow to finish them, sometimes we just don't have enough knowledge to pull it off, so everything comes in time.
As advised try to work arrangements out, I know you work in Bitwig so that should be fun in clip launcher view, make one scene for every section, try out different variations, jam on top of everything and all that fun stuff.
There's always some things we are overthinking or overdoing, especially in some EDM genres that rely heavily on sound design and production, one needs lot of confidence and discipline to pull track trough, but we go opposite way, we want our 4 bar loop to sound like finished record so that gives us confidence it's worth something, wrong approach.
What helped me is learning what I got, every single preset in my synth, I even went that far as making separate banks with my favorite sounds in different categories, so I could in matter of seconds find some good place holder sound that actually might even be the sound for the track and so on, all that made me going from composition to arrangement quite fast, than afterwards revisit some of my decisions.
What kind of music you do?
Yeah I use Bitwig, but not it's clip view haha. Im a arranger view guy, it feels like clip view slows me down. But maybe it's worth a shot to try it again and see what happens.
Yeah exactly, like what I said in this post, maybe i overthink it and overdoing it, that's something I also do besides producing, overthinking stuff. Also im trying to keep my favourite synth's, samples and other stuff in a click away for easy producing.
I like to produce in EDM, but not strictly one style. I like progressive, electro, tech house.
Hoping one day to achieve something like this: