Do Some Sound Design
Let's assume you have a melody, but have no suitable sound. Then it's maybe time to do some sound design. Here there are two approaches possible: a simpler and a more advanced one.
The first option is to send the midi track with the melody you composed to your favorite synth and try to find a preset that you'll like. If you already have a folder with your favorite presets, this won't take you much time.
The second option is to try to build the sound from scratch. We recommend that you give this exercise as much time as possible. The more practice you have, the easier and faster you'll achieve the desired results in the future. This option, of course, means that you already fully understand the interface and feel confident using the functions of the instrument.
Create as many sound variations as possible for the same piece of melody. Firstly, you need it because from all those variations you'll be able to choose the most suitable ones. And secondly, you'll be able to use them for sound layering.
Layering is an important kind of sound design and a very inspiring one. Using it, you can combine together the most differently sounding tracks and see what the outcome is. As a result, you can even receive a sound that you wouldn't be able to get using a single synth. Use Randomizers
If you're unlucky and a good musical idea still escapes you, then you may try and rely on chance. There are a lot of randomizer plugins to help you with this. Their functionality is very different, but the essence is the same: the plugin takes your audio signal and changes it sometimes beyond recognition.
The most common core effects embedded inside such plugins are Glitch, Stutter, Stretcher, Gater, Modulator and many others.
Here is the list of five plugins we'd recommend: Illformed Glitch 2
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Everyone has tracks which for one reason or another remain unfinished and which yet could be very useful.
Open an old project and think what you like about it and what you don't. The more experienced you get, the more objectively you'll be able to evaluate your draft tracks and sketches, compared to the time you wrote them. If you don't like anything in that unfinished track, delete it completely and forget it. But if there are still elements or parts that you like, export them and add to a new project. This may hopefully become a good start for a new track. Create Your "Inspire-Me" Folder
You never know how or when a good musical idea will come to you. Don't get stuck in a single musical style.
Each genre has its own sound and arrangement techniques that make it unique. Take it into account and follow it when you create your tracks, it's a great way to do something unique.
Take three or four favorite songs of different genres and just write down what you like about them. It can be anything: the kind of kick drum used, the cord progression or the bass line timbre.
The main thing here is to get a list of specific characteristics of those songs. Then, when you start creating your track, use this list, and maybe later on it will help you make what will be the perfect composition for you.
Another tip: create a compilation of your favorite and inspiring videos. It's not that you need to try to copy or make similar music, it may quickly and easily get you encouraged for the future work.
Watching a performance of your favorite artist or a breathtaking video recorded by a helmet camera of a snowboarder running down the mountain may inspire you and thus hugely accelerate your productivity.
Using these tips, you could greatly improve your mood, creativity and, in the end, performance when you work on a new track. Try each of these tips and see how well they work for you. With a little practice and patience, you'll no longer feel disappointed having got stuck with your work, and will be always able to maintain good spirit and sense of inspiration.
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We wish you more completed projects,