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New Year’s Resolutions… really?

by Kim Lajoie on January 4, 2013

This is a nice big long post and I’m going to give you some gold in the second half, but first let’s talk about New Year’s Resolutions. Ok, what are some of the usual suspects? “I’ll spend more time making music” “I’ll buy less gear” “I’ll read the manuals for all the gear I already […]

Mobile music apps: Fast-tracking creative development

by Kim Lajoie on August 19, 2012

This is interesting. Remember loopitis? What a terrible term. In fact, I think the term is worse than what it describes. Anyway, it’s a bad habit of being unable to develop a piece of music beyond a cleverly-crafted loop (usually 4, 8 or 16 bars). Well, like other aspects to making music, there are no […]

Muscle memory and why workflow matters

by Kim Lajoie on June 19, 2012

Dalton Caldwell: What is fascinating to me is that Great creation stories all sound surprisingly similar. Something along the lines of “yeah we went in the studio and put down some tracks, and they sounded pretty good, and we had to redo a couple of things, and then when put out the album.” Disappointing, right? […]

Quick question – long long does it take you to mix?

by Kim Lajoie on April 5, 2012

I know I haven’t been around much lately. Sorry about that. I’ve been busy. Anyway, I’ve been thinking about efficiency and productivity a lot. And I’ve been thinking about why we do things like optimise our workflow and find ways to waste less time. So I’ve got a blog post or two coming up very soon […]

Different types of workflows (with examples)

by Kim Lajoie on October 10, 2011

When planning a workflow for a song or other recording project, it helps to approach the production process as three distinct stages: Preproduction. This includes writing, rehearsing and refining the song. It also includes setting the creative direction and making decisions around sound and feel. It can also include deciding on matters like who is […]

What’s the difference between workflow and project management?

by Kim Lajoie on September 12, 2011

As concepts, project management and workflow are similar and related concepts, but they’re not interchangeable. They’re not the same thing. When I discuss workflow, I’m discussing the order or tasks required to reach a goal such as recording a song. Usually a workflow is short and general enough that it can be applied over and […]

Don’t build a structure by just muting/unmuting parts

by Kim Lajoie on August 15, 2011

It’s pretty tempting. You’ve spent days developing your utterly brilliant eight-bar loop.It sounds full and thick. All your EQs and compressors are perfectly set. It almost makes you want to get up and dance. But it’s only sixteen seconds long. And you didn’t want to make a sixteen second song. You want to stretch it […]

Workflow for collaborative projects

by Kim Lajoie on August 8, 2011

Workflow for collaborative projects is different to workflow for solo projects. When you’ve got two or more people involved, you need to be more careful about how you balance the workload and manage the sequence of tasks. For example, a typical workflow for a collaborative project might look like this: Preproduction / demo Initial vocal […]

What is workflow?

by Kim Lajoie on July 18, 2011

Workflow is a term I use a lot, and I use it with a quite specific meaning. When I use the term ‘workflow’, I’m usually referring to project workflow – a series of processes or stages that a piece of work goes through from initiation to completion. For example, a typical workflow for a song might […]