A fast workflow is everything when it comes to producing high-quality music quickly.
While it’s unlikely you’ll be working to many deadlines when producing stock music, it doesn’t hurt to streamline your workflow where possible.
I’ve put together a short list of useful software I utilise every day and would be much less productive without.
AG Watermark Generator
A watermark is a snippet of audio that repeats every ten seconds or so.
AG Watermark makes this process very easy, allowing you to add watermarks to a single track, or several tracks at the same time.
The software also includes presets for popular libraries - such as AudioJungle - that require you to watermark music to their specifications before upload.
Codec Toolbox Manager
You’ll spend plenty of time exporting your music in various formats and encoding to multiple levels of quality. This little gem makes that process much more manageable. It can be used as either a DAW plugin or as an external application.
It can batch encode, add metadata and artwork to your tracks too.
Keyboard Maestro (Mac only)
I only recently discovered the power of this little gem.
Keyboard Maestro allows you to assign an action or a set of actions to a keystroke or set of conditions on your Mac.
I use it with Logic X to trigger custom macros. For example, I have one macro which will bounce a file and reverse it all with one keystroke.
It’s worth downloading the demo to give it a try. It can seem daunting at first, but worth it once you start creating macros which aid your workflow.
A rather dull inclusion I know, but setting up a spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel or Apple Numbers is a must if you want to keep track of your, uhm, tracks. Documenting which libraries they've been uploaded to, whether they’ve been accepted.
I have two primary spreadsheets. The first is for track metadata – I make a note of the title, tempo, length, description, keywords and additional edits.
The second sheet lists all of the libraries I contribute to, and I use colour coding to represent the status of a track (submitted, pending, accepted, etc.).
I’ll be going into more detail in further tutorials.