Your Own Worst Enemy

Did you know that you have an enemy every time you walk into your studio?

That’s right. He doesn’t like you. He even does things to intentionally screw up your session.

Here comes the M. Night Shyamalan twist: that enemy is actually you! (gasp)

Learn how to never make these critical mistakes again and improve your productivity in your home studio:

There are three mistakes that you can make while working in your studio – all of which are caused by you – and how to fix them

1. Going back and forth on production decisions, ultimately leaving you with lots of options and no good product.

This is one of the most common issues that you can run into. The reason for it? Not wanting to commit. Ever.

If this sounds like something that happens to you, don’t worry. There’s an exercise that will break this habit and get you back on track to creating great music. This is just a thought experiment, and should only take a few minutes to convince you to shed this bad habit right away.

Consider this: Bohemian Rhapsody was recorded on only 24 tracks. They recorded to tape (there was no other option, other than wire or cylinder, I suppose), and had to basically get the sounds they wanted and bounce them down. There are stacks of background vocals about 4 or 5 deep on single tracks. These had to be recorded and bounced to another track to make room for the next instrument or layer to be added.

This took some considerable organization – but more than anything, it took commitment. And look how it ended up – brilliantly.

Not saying that if you commit more often you’ll sound like Queen, but just that commitment never hurts in the studio!

Start committing by getting better sounds at the source, bouncing tracks in place with effects applied, and bouncing your virtual instruments to audio.

2. Working in circles and never getting anything done in your studio.

This might happen to you if you don’t create an organized plan of attack.

This plan needs to be set up before you walk into your studio. This will really help you to stack on track and get something done. Pair this with commitment and you’re well on your way to a productive session.

Try creating a list of 3 things you’d like to completely accomplish in your studio, then set aside however long you need to accomplish these things and get them done. You’ll be surprised how productive you are.

3. Distracting yourself with cool new toys and forgetting to focus on what really matters – your music.

This is one of the easier pitfalls to avoid – just don’t mess around with toys when you’re trying to accomplish something.

This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t play with new and exciting gear and plug-ins, but do it when you’ve planned to, not when you’re trying to finish a project.

If you aren’t planning on using it, just don’t. Ultimately, you will end up getting frustrated and will have just wasted a chunk of time that could have been spent doing more productive things.

So leave your own worst enemy at the door next time with commitment, a plan, and focus at your side. Need cool projects to work on? No problem, become a Platinum Member and start creating and working alongside the pros today!

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