Acclaimed and well-loved producer, Evan Evanturetime Low, gives us his immortal advice when approaching Production Software (DAW) like Ableton and Logic.
Aside from his awesome solo work as Evanturetime, Evan has produced and worked with so many amazing musicians locally and internationally that I doubt I can count them with my both my hands and my feet fingers. The Sam Willows, Gentle Bones, iNCH, Linying, Charlie, Nathan Hartono – just to name a few! Y’know what, read on more about why you should listen to this man when it comes to producing right here – Evan Low Talks Music Production.
Nathan Hartono – Love Me Like You Do (Prod. Evanturetime)
So without further ado, here’s the interview, and the superb advice from the man himself –
So Evan! What software do you use?
“Pro Tools (my main b*tcchhh), Logic Pro X, and Ableton”
What is a DAW, and what’s the difference between the different DAW softwares?
“DAW is short for Digital Audio Workstation. It’s basically a computer software that’s designed for recording, editing and playing audio files for you audiophiles (hehe). So it a nutshell it’s a program made for you guys to write and record songs!
Many DAWs have very very similar functions so at the end of the day it comes down to some key factors:
Workflow. Different DAWs have different ways of getting things done. Find one that fits your creative process seamlessly. The difference is night and day. It’s almost like finding an airplane while climbing a flight of stairs hahaha. salvation!
Features. Some DAWs are really good at doing some key processes than the others. Like Pro Tools does audio editing extremely well. While Ableton is great for beat making and live electronic performances while Logic’s great for arrangements. Don’t take my word for it though. You still can do the same functions on another DAW and if it works for you then go for it. Whatever works for ya. But for me it’s like trying to steam my Fish with Bandung. It kinda works…? But it’s not the best way to do things hahaha.
Audio Engine. This is how the DAW processes audio underneath the hood. The speed of their processing, the stability of the DAW (when it reaches a high track and plugin count), and the sound quality.“
Recommendations for beginners?
“Low barriers of entry. Some of them are free or they are really cheap. A lot of these DAWs are really simple to learn and they get the job done. Of course there are setbacks as compared to their professional versions but once you are ready you can always upgrade.”
- Pro Tools First. (Pro Tools)
- Garageband (Logic Pro X)
- Ableton Live 9 Lite (Ableton Live 9 Standard/Suite)
What’re plugins and how do you utilize them?
“Audio plugins are computer softwares that you can add to your existing audio tracks to enhance or transform their sounds. Some of these terms for audio plugins might be familiar to you karaoke goers and guitar players! such as Reverb, Delay, EQ, Chorus and Distortion.
Plugins are indispensable in modern day audio production. For example, a lot of Troye Sivan’s tracks uses a lot of pitch shifting in his vocals to achieve his sound, while ZAYN uses a bunch of very tastefully selected reverbs and delays on his vocals. Keep your ears open for all these processes being used in your favorite tunes!
Oh! There are a lot of free plugins around on the inter webs so don’t be afraid to google search a few of them and try them out!”
Okay, now give me 2 Do’s, 2 Don’ts
1) DO : Learn your shortcuts of your DAW.
You’ve seen those computer dudes in the movies when they just hammer at the keyboards really quick and something happens? You can be that guy! No for reals though, learning your shortcuts will help you get your song done so much more quickly and effectively.
2) DO : Improve on your musicianship. Ever heard the term “it’s all in the fingers” ? The machine is nothing without its operator. Have a good understanding of your craft and you’ll be able to operate your DAW like a songwriting Neo in the Matrix.
3) Don’t : Don’t be afraid to try out new techniques and ideas. Doesn’t mean an audio process is normally used in one way means you can’t use it for something else. Be creative. Go nuts and explore new ideas. Your favorite songs aren’t created by someone who isn’t afraid to push boundaries.
4) Don’t : Don’t be discouraged if your first few projects don’t turn out as good as you think they should sound. It’s just like riding a bike. You’ve got to scrape your knees a little before you can be flying free.
The biggest of thanks to Evan Evanturetime Low for doing this with us, and we hope you’re a little more informed now! Do check him and his works out, and send him some love on FACEBOOK!