Where's a good place to store small melodies and beats and musical ideas?

I've been using Live for a few weeks now, and I've started to accumulate a bunch of small little musical ideas: melodies, beats, instrument presets, and so on.  Where's a good place to store all of those little unfinished bits?  I need the musical equivalent of a sketchpad.  In general these are things that are just a few bars in length and aren't terribly refined, but still seem like they're worth holding onto.

I realize I can save my own instrument presets, and they'll go into the Library.  Initially I was saving new melodies and beats as tiny individual projects, but that was going to become very unwieldy once I had a few dozen of them.  I've started saving them in a folder in my library called "~ Tidbits" so that they're easy to find later: as clips if they're a single track, and as sets if they're multiple tracks.

Does that seem like a reasonable strategy?  Section 5.13.4 in the manual suggests that saving Sets to the Library is a bad idea.  Should I just create a project called "Unfinished ideas" or something and fill it with these sets and clips?  What do you guys do?


TravisSpomer 6 years ago | 0 comments

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  • MatthiasSpeck1
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    5 votes

    Hopefully my answer won't be too far away from your question ;-)


    First I think, saving it into the Library isn't the best idea indeed. Rather save it anywher in a folder named projects or something like that.

    Probably everyone has to find his own workflow, but the thing i do is to save every idea, that seems to be worth continuing it into a new project. When I start with a track and i have  e.g.  a melody which I find interesting I try do produce anything else around this melody. Lets say pads or a bassline. And they all have to fit to the melody.

    In my opinion when you start making music the biggest problem is, that you have ideas over ideas and you cant decide which idea is worth continuing it. But in my opinion you have to decide for one idea, save it as new project and continue working with it. If the melody sucks after a while, switch to the next project you have started with and try to find a groove for the great melody you have in there. It could happen that you are working on ten projects in parallel, but this way you can make sure that you are not just collecting twenty melody - ideas in one project.

    Another thing that helps me to hear which element could be added ist to record everything pretty early into the arrangement view. So if I have lets say the Percussions, the melody and the baseline I jam around with it and record it into the arrangement view. So if you open the project next time, you have more some kind of a "track - feeling" and it will be easier to hear what elements might be missing there and if the break is at the place it should be. 

    So I thing its all about deciding for an idea and getting a feeling for music and arranging.


    6 years ago | 1 comment
  • Zedrine
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    This is to get all the objects you need (clips, audio waves, grooves…) in the same place.

    If you need to move your project, to send it to someone you're working with, to save it on an external drive or for any other reason, you'll never face a project telling you that some pieces are missing. I've had this problem a few times. And now I always get the whole project together. In which you can get as many sets as you want for the different versions you wanna try.

    To do that, I don't know how it's called in english, but for the french version you got to do "Réunir et sauvegarder", that is just below "Save", each time you add some new audio elements in your set.

    See ? Is this a good reason ?

    6 years ago | 1 comment
  • cutwithflourish
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    I have a folder on my laptop called parts and another called songs. The folder called parts has lots of starts/ideas: maybe a beat, a loop or a collection of chords. Sometimes they will have a couple of parts in them, but until I get a feel for a structure or progression that work as a a whole they stay there. They only move to songs when they feel like a song, rather than just the start of something.

    Using Live's browser I'll often unfold the small "parts" projects when I'm working on a song or another part to browse through and see if any of them might become a useful addition.

    6 years ago | 1 comment

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