15. Organising your Studio
to Optimise your Workflow
Work from a Template
Setting up a new song from a blank page is very time consuming and unnecessary because you repeat many common steps. To save time, create and save a template with many of these common processes already completed. Details can be tailor made to your preferences.
Each time you produce a new song, you can get creative straight away.
As your sample collection grows and increases in complexity, it is vital to administer logical categorisation for the quick retrieval of specific sounds. By spending too long searching for the sound in your mind, you will forget what initially inspired you.
Rule 1: Keep all samples in one location. If your samples exist on different sample CDs, store them on 1 hard drive.
Rule 2: Sort your samples into a logical structure. Ensure that a minimal top level structure is utilised, e.g. Drums, Analogue Samples, Electronic Samples, Sound Effects and Vocals. The second level can contain as many categories as necessary to distinguish between the different elements. Any more than 3 sub layers of categorisation may be confusing.
Rule 3: Add the BPM of all samples to the beginning.
120 BPM Bongos Street
124 BPM Bongos Latin
140 BPM Bongos Electro
Break Beat Kits
Drum and Bass Kits House Kits
Jazz Ki t
Brass Riffs Funk Stabs Jazz Trumpet