5 ways to make a good track great
Have you ever been in the position where you’ve got a good tune and you’re happy with it, but think it needs that extra something to make it stand out?
Well here are 5 tips for turning that good tune into a great one.
1. Add in FX
Make sure you’ve got enough distance from the track (I like to leave it a day or so before adding the FX on) so you’re not already exhausted from creating the track, then get to work adding in some reverses, sweeps, hits and other one-shots.
They can make dull phrases more interesting, builds more powerful and fans think you’re more awesome. FX are vital for a full, professional sound.
2. Go through inserting fills
When you need something more interesting to make a repetitive section maintain the listener’s attention, fills are the way to go! Drum fills, little melody quirks and the ever-useful “throw a random sample in there and hope for the best” technique all apply; just be sure to make your track fun to listen to!
Don’t be inappropriate though – this goes for public nudity as well as maintaining musical integrity, but if you have a trance song, sometimes it’s good to have a lot of repetition, for example, in order to entrance your listener. Find that balance that suits the style of music you want to make!
- Remove unnecessary layers
Have you ever found your tracks swimming in pads, arps and keys? I know I’ve been guilty of it in the past – sometimes you need to remove a few layers, no matter how attached you are to them, in order for the remaining layers to shine.
This can result in the wonderful side effect of having a starting point for another song; if a part you really like is removed, take it into a new project and push it in its own direction!
- Add extra layers of vocals
For those of you playing with words as well as sounds, it’s always adviseable to back up your vocals with double tracks and, more importantly, harmonies. Software like Melodyne Editor is great for this if you’re using vocal samples, since then you don’t need to get the vocalist in to record again!
5. Get some more opinions
There’s nothing like communal music making! Show your tune to a mate, musically inclined or not, and ask them if they thought anything might be an interesting change, or if any sections should be more prominent!
Just make sure they don’t ask for co-writing credits!
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