Finish Something | NovationMusic.com

We've all got a riff bank; Logic, Ableton or Cubase projects named
‘EP Latest Mix’
‘EP LATEST Latest Mix’
and
‘EP THE REAL Latest Mix’
that we're going to release any day now.

We've all spent hours 'working on our music’: making odd noises, jamming out, or getting our snare sound just right.

 

How often do we actually manage it, though?
To finish something?

The philosophical among you might quote Valéry on how
'work is never finished... only abandoned'.

 

I'm sure we can all relate to that, but it doesn't help.

this might.

Over the course of a month, we travelled around the U.K. and U.S. talking to some of our closest and most influential friends in the industry and simply asked:

 

How do you
finish something?

From making the final touches to taking a couple of riffs and loops all the way to the finished article, hear what they had to say. Watch the video:

Now that you're inspired and ready to go finish something, let’s get down to the nitty gritty with some tips. Meet Enrique.

 

Part 1: Making beats with Circuit, MiniNova and Bass Station II

Part 2: Tracking out audio & MIDI stems to Ableton

Part 3: Using MIDI from Circuit to create additional textures

Part 4: Use Launchpad Pro drum racks to add variation

Part 5: Complete arrangement using Launchpad Pro

Part 6: Perform the arrangement

Part 7: Hands on mixing using Launch Control XL