Creative blocks may happen from time to time to every artist. Luckily, there are many things you can do while out of inspiration, and later use them when inspiration strikes. Stay productive on rainy days with our 7 Handy Production Techniques When on Creative Block.
Design the sound
Discover different VSTs and pay attention to their sound modulation algorithms. Mess around with oscillators and filters until you get to a point you are satisfied with. Save your designed sounds as new presets, so you can load them later when you need them.
Shape individual elements
Use layering techniques to come up with kick, snare or clap. Experiment with different samples; spend time on combining, EQing and compressing them. It takes years for producers to come up with perfectly designed sounds, so use your rainy days for this massive time consumer.
Create drum patterns. Launch different drum samples to each pad on your Launchpad, set the tempo and try to come up with some unique drum lines you can later use in your tracks when inspiration strikes. If you don’t have Launchpad you can do it with any drum sequencer in your DAW and use your keyboard as pads.
Organize jamming sessions
Spend a couple of hours improvising on instruments you have mastered. It could be anything from simple guitar chords to complicated piano melodies. If you happen to come up with something you can’t get out of your head, then you are on the right track to a melodic banger.
Engineer your tracks
For those who are both producers and sound engineers for themselves, the creative block is the ideal time for mixing and mastering tracks. This is because engineering is mostly a technical task not a creative one. Try this formula: record when you feel inspired, then mix and master when you’re on creative block.
Study other compositions
Listen to them and write down why you think the particular track sounds so professional. Follow the same concept for your own track. Try to base it around the same key and possibly a similar overall atmosphere.
Finally, save everything you do. Always save as new versions, so you can later access all specific edits. Don’t worry about audio recordings or project file sizes or messy file names. At this stage it’s all about sketching, and the more you make the greater the opportunity to come up with great final material.