What does take the longest for you while producing?

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I'm producing at the moment and am working on the melody for about 2-3 hours now.
I really wonder if other people also spend that much time working on the melody or if they need more time for other stuff.
For me finding a melody is definitely the thing that takes the longest when I'm producing.

Curious to hear what takes the longest for you guys.
 
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I usually can bang out a good melody. In fact 90% of the time that's what I start with. Sound design is a killer at times, I try not to get too caught up in it otherwise I lose that creative flow. And just arrangement takes me forever. I usually get stuck on a nice loop and then struggle to progress it into a full track. I've gotten a hell of a lot better and set out to finish what I start now, but it's still tough.
 
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im a total novice but i can bang out a full tune in 8 hours , intro with a pre section before the drop, 16 bar verse, 16 bar chorus, breakdown , repeat and outro , with like 3 or 4 synths , a main bassline, sub and drums, everything from scratch except drum hits, i arrange the drum pattern myself i dont think ive ever used a loop, but for me writing chords and getting a good drop is what i spent the most time on, my eqing and mastering is rough as hell because i have no monitors or good cans so its not even worth me trying
 
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Melody is usually easiest for me aswell atkes about an hour to lay out most my midi, sound design varies a fair bit, can take ages to get the sound i want or it can come together real quick. but usually what takes me the longest is my intros and mastering
 

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It's making my own samples it takes most of the time, can't even create a tune if there isn't enough samples to work with.
 

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adding to that - if you like listen to this guy, best modern jazz guitarist in the world imo http://www.kurtrosenwinkel.com/

In particular his solos. they are so full of ridiculous scale patterns. also listening to pop music once in awhile keeps things in perspective, simplicity is a good thing. it's like learning how to play the guitar you learn the basics then you learn what works for you to create something original...

just thoughts.
 

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also listening to pop music once in awhile keeps things in perspective, simplicity is a good thing. it's like learning how to play the guitar you learn the basics then you learn what works for you to create something original...

just thoughts.
I agree, to some extent.
Most music is built up of 3 chords if that. So I try and use more, the problem is, sometimes it sounds a lot better with just three.
I need to try and stop over complicating things, then I might actually finish something
 

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Probably creating a decent loop of drums. I make something, then scrap the whole idea and start over about ten times before I get something decent going.
 

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Honestly for a tune to come together, I either get the basics going in an hour or two or I'm banging my head against a wall.

I have been trying to spend more time mastering and polishing a track though, doing small things like adding tasty little fills here and there.
 

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Definitely layering drums. I can spend ages and sometimes not know when to stop. Then there's EQing each layer and compressing them together. I always start with drums just because I've always found it easier to work off of them. Ideas for melodies/basslines come to me more fluently when I can hear the drum pattern. I always try to mix as I go along as well, which makes the final mixdown a whole lot easier. I agree wih everything said about learning a few scales too, really helped me out.
 
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