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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > May-16 > 7 WAYS TO FINISH A TRACK


We’re nearly at the end of our ‘produce a track’ special and now it’s time for some advice on that hardest of tasks: finishing a track…

Part 4

01 Learn to delete

One of the things that gets in the way of finishing a track can be having too many ideas kicking around on your hard drive. Opening up a folder crammed full of half-finished songs can be depressing and fill you with dread – when will you ever get around to completing some of those tracks that you’ve had for so long? One of the key secrets to composition, then, is actually learning when to discard old ideas. What is good? What is worth keeping? More importantly: what can you delete? Getting rid of old ideas can be nerve-racking at first, but actually binning rubbish can be surprisingly rewarding. Have a clearout once in a while and you will be surprised at just how focused you become on finishing what you have left.

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Make a track today! That's the focus of the May issue of MusicTech as top producers reveal their secrets and top tips to starting, arranging, mixing, finishing and mastering your music. If you've ever needed inspiration, had trouble taking a tune beyond its initial ideas, never known how or when to stop, or needed a pro mastered sound, this is the issue to get! On top of this massive set of features there's a huge studio interview with the legend that is Gary Numan, 1.22GB of free samples and all the latest modular synth and music production news.