My Deadlines

clock-158617_640Hi, today I will share you the deadlines

 

Composition, I give myself one month to compose the entire album, in fact I wanted to have 16 songs to the end of the month. I finally get 15, but it is OK, if I haven’t set deadline I probably would have 5 maybe 6 songs. So the fact that I had deadline force me to focus as a songwriter and get a lot of the job done. Anyway my album will have 12 songs so I can cut some songs that doesn’t fit with the other. Time : 1 month

- Scratch Track, This seems to be very simple but it’s worth the afternoon recording you with only a guitar. For me this is where I find the tempo of the song, the one that I’m comfortable with and I record the scratch track with the metronome.  This is where I set up my plan for the song.  Example : Intro, Verse 1, Riff, Bridge…  Once I’m done the structure of the song will not move. Time : 1 week

- Arrangement, Once I’m done with the tempo and have a solid scratch track, I start thinking which instrument will complement the song I have written. This is a crucial step, because you want you song to be interesting from the beginning to the end. You can demo things at this steps to see if it fits well. Time : 1 month

- Recording, This seems a big steps, but if you did your homework before, this should not suppose to be that long because you will know what you want to record. I will give you some tips to make a killer recording session later. Time : 4 days (2 week-end)

- Mixing, This is a complicated part, because I don’t know if you can mix or not, are you a fast mixer or not, so I will give how long it takes for me but it can be faster or slower depending of your situation. Time : 12 days (one mix per day)

- Mastering, Another complicated part for deadline, but this is pretty fast for me, since I put every songs in the same session and do like 80 to 95% of the same process to each songs. Time : 1 day

I hope you enjoy, try this for your next album and tell me if it works for you.

Have a nice day!

Deadline

January-2014-PDF-Calendar-Letter-Format-US-HolidaysHi everybody, welcome to my new website.  With this blog I’m gonna show you little tips about recording, mixing, songwriting and guitar playing.  I hope you’ll enjoy.

Before going crazy and record each song, I think it is more simple to fix deadline to the process of the album. By doing this, you won’t work simultaneously on 12 songs and never advance your project. It is important to focus on each step and switch between all the hats as the steps goes by. Producer, Musician, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Mastering Engineer…

Without deadline you will not feel the urge of finish things up and it can last for too long, maybe you will never finish the project. If you go step by step, with deadline you will finish it. Do you know what happen when you finish something? You learn and become better, this is the only way to improve, keep practicing. It takes me a lot of time to understand this, but this is so true and when you understand that, it totally change your life.

I’ll show you soon my deadlines for my next album, maybe you can try and see if it works for you.