How has the challenge been this far?

As you might have noticed, i challenged myself to compose two tracks every month during the year 2015. I have now released a total of eight tracks and so far i haven’t felt that the challenge would’ve been too demanding for me. Actually it’s been quite easy to start working with something new right after you’ve completed the previous one!

The biggest change has probably been that i’ve streamlined my workflow in many ways. One great example would be mastering the final product before uploading it online. I now have a template project where i import the bounced project as a stereo file and have some “basic” settings which i have now found working quite well. Then the final mastering phase needs just a few tweaks (EQ, gain limiting etc..) here and there and the track is ready to be published.

In the old days i would’ve used the original project file with all the separate tracks while mastering my track and i could have used weeks for the mastering phase. It was a mess because i couldn’t resist the temptation of tweaking the track specific settings while mastering. However, now i clearly have two distinctively different phases in creating a track: 1) Composition and general mixing phase 2) Mastering phase.

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Challenge is going forward

2015 challenge 202Yeah, i’m going strong with my second entry of my personal songwriting challenge for 2015. The second one was born yesterday and i already have a 4 minute track with all the basic stuff included. Some fine tuning and then it’s ready to be released!

Somehow this track is a little bit different in style than my recent tracks. It begins with a nice and dark, smooth, intro where beats are weak, bassline is prominent and chords are simple until the song builds up to something more interesting.

Is my songwriting challenge supposed to feel this easy? Or is it just that i have a lot of ideas waiting at the moment and i will drain out my creativity before the end of the year?