Firstly, I think this could be tagged under Sound Design, EDM composition and Mixing/Mastering. In my case, it could even sit under Cubase, but it is the workflow, not the DAW that I am asking about.
I am stuck and looking at the ads I see in Facebook and the number of videos on YouTube, so are many others, with workflow. I don’t know when to stop worrying about the ‘final’ sound of the kick in the composition or even sound design stage for example. What I do know is that when I heard saturation for the first time, I was like wow! That’s how they do it. It isn’t just the kick of course, it is the bright buzzyness (resonance) of a synth or punch of a stab.
The advice around melody first, drums first etc. varies and I guess everyone finds a way (or multiple ways) that helps them. When it comes to how ‘polished’ everything is though, should I be just getting the right notes down with a vaguely correct sound or should I be perfecting each channel as I build it. And by perfect, do we mean the full MMWA channel strip or perfect for outputting ‘dry stems’. If the latter what is that level?
See what I mean, I am so lacking in this whole workflow area and I know it is holding me back. So guys, help me out please! How do you go from empty DAW to mastered track?
Also, does anyone use the idea of repeating (lots of times) the same 8 bars for every channel and then deleting to taste when it comes to arrangement? I can see the logic, but I just am not sure about that?? Youtube (and Facebook ads) are a minefield of completely useless information until you come across things like MMWA!
Hope some of the above makes sense guys and I really appreciate your input.