3 Songwriting Challenges Designed To Increase Your Creative Output

Even the most prolific songwriters have trouble creating new work from time to time. Whether it’s the frustrating situation of questioning each and every note and lyric, or not feeling focused enough to follow through with an idea, making new music can feel challenging or downright impossible for some musicians. If you’re currently wedged in a creative rut and are looking for ways to get your writing output moving again, here are three challenges to help:

Dave3 Songwriting Challenges Designed To Increase Your Creative Output
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How To Use New York Compression

The drums in your track are the foundation for your song. 

They play an important role in conveying the emotions that you are trying to capture through your song. This makes it a top priority for you to mix your drums in a way that is powerful and impactful. 

But how do you add this weight, punch, and power to your drums?

In this article, I am going to go over how you can apply the New York compression technique to any of your drum tracks to create a more impactful and emotional song. 

RebeccaHow To Use New York Compression
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How To Create A Reverb Tail Effect

The success of your track will primarily depend on the main elements you have in your track, how they are arranged, and how they are mixed in. What often gets forgotten in a professional song are the ear candy effects. 

These ear candy effects give your track that professional polish that is needed to create detail and interest throughout your track. 

In this article, I am going to show you how to create a very popular but effective reverb tail effect. 

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How To Use A Multiband Compressor

Multiband compressors are one of the most misunderstood and misused mixing tools. 

To many, the multiband compressor can seem quite complex and difficult to use in the mixing process. By understanding the basic functions and applications of a multiband compressor, you will be able to use this powerful tool in an impactful way.

In this article, I am going to go over what a multiband compressor is, why you would use it over a normal compressor, and when you would use it in your productions. 

TylerHow To Use A Multiband Compressor
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How To Mix Your Pianos

The piano is one of the most beautiful instruments ever created. 

Its unique timbre and characteristics blend together perfectly with a wide range of musical genres, making it one of the most widely used instruments. Unfortunately, the pianos naturally rich timbre can lead to mixing problems. 

Also, as with any other instrument, the piano you choose to use in your productions can be lacking in certain parts of the frequency spectrum, making the piano sound weak in your mix. 

In this article, I will be going over how to mix and layer your pianos for a more professional sounding mix. 

AgniHow To Mix Your Pianos
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5 Unlikely Sources Of Musical Inspiration

We’re often told that the best music is inspired by predictably deep and important life events; the birth of a child, death of a parent, a traumatic breakup. This, as it turns out, isn’t always true. Music doesn’t always need to be attached to the things we think it should be, and surprising opportunities to be inspired are all around us if we could only just look for them. Here are five unconventional sources of music inspiration:

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How To Use A Compressor

Compressors are an integral part of the mixing process. 

Without this tool, your mix will be dynamically unbalanced and stand little to no chance of being labeled a professional mix. To many producers, it can be very difficult to understand how compressors work and how they can be applied to their productions in a positive way. 

In this article, I am going to go over what compression is, the basic controls of a compressor, and how to use a compressor in your music. 

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Why Writing Music Using MIDI Is A Double-Edged Sword

Having access to an endless amount of sounds, textures, and instruments sounds like a good thing at first. Songwriters and producers often adopt a “more is better” approach when it comes to their work, so making music using MIDI seems like a good method for many. But, lean in a little closer, and you’ll see that making music using MIDI has plenty of drawbacks. 

For the uninitiated, MIDI is an acronym that stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. In short, MIDI technology lets musicians record sounds straight to their computers where the sonic information can then be easily edited. In this article, we’re breaking down some of the drawbacks and benefits of making music with this powerful technology. 

AgniWhy Writing Music Using MIDI Is A Double-Edged Sword
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