Systemise Your Creativity
When you can create anything you want, it can be hard to know where to start. Try some of these helpful tips to Systemise Your Creativity.
Make a Box
I often find it’s important to set up few rules on a project, before starting.
“The best ideas can come from the biggest restrictions.”
Boundaries from what voice processing you want to use, to the kind of language you’re speak in. All of these decisions can help you to form a ‘brand identity’ that you can use to create a clear and concise sound before you put audio to Pro Tools. Creating these rules doesn’t inhibit you, it gives you something to bend when coming up with your creative ideas. Build the box, to push against it.
“Creativity is about connecting things together that others hadn’t thought were obvious.”
There are loads of great tools to reach for to help you bend these rules.
- Word Association
- Song Lyrics
- Blog’s (like this one!)
You could use any, or all of those techniques to help find your creative directions within the guidelines you’ve set yourself to come up with something truly creative.
Gather Your Resources
If you haven’t already, start organising your audio into easily searchable databases. There are all sorts of software options for this, but I prefer just to use Finder on my Mac. I have a ‘Workparts’ folder where I’ve got all my Sound Design (like the stuff you can get in the wizzFX shop), Music Beds, Drops, Artist ID’s and Samples filed for quick search and access. This speeds up my creation workflow so that once I’ve got my idea, it doesn’t take me long to sketch it.
Sometimes the audio I find I’ve archived in my ‘Workparts’ folder can serve as inspiration to get creative!
Have a Sketch Pad
Have a template to start working from. I find starting from scratch can slow me right down, so I work from a loose template which I customise to the work as I go. This way I find it quicker to realise my idea, and allow me more time to spend on the creativity than the technicality.
If you haven’t already, grab our Free Pro Tools Template to get started!
Hopefully with these tips you’ll be able to get creative, quicker and more effectively – and once you’ve got a system for being creative, you can do it over and over without fear of producer burn-out. And then you can spend more time living your life to get more ideas to walk into the studio with.
“Inspiration doesn’t come; it’s found, given or fought with.”