8 max production

This is a concept I have developed to challenge myself.

I mean, in this era of music production where it is easy to add element after element, channel after channel and just go super crazy with everything, it is easy to get lost in all the possibilities that we have.

Those who walked this earth before us did not have the same opportunity we do, in fact, it is not until around the start of the year 2000 where music gear became so cheap that we started to talk about the concept of home studios.

So, in order to go back to the roots I wanted to challenge my creativity and use only 8 tracks for my productions. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do not use this concept in all my productions, and as of yet I have not released any of the productions just yet (written in November 2021), but it is a rewarding challenge in music creation. (For me anyway…)

There are a two variations of the 8 max production rules that I have created.

  • 8 max production
  • 8 max production strict
  • 8 max production super strict

The 8 max production is the more forgiving one where you can have 8 tracks (or channels), mono or stereo, and have FX-sends on every track with what ever effect(s) you wish.

The 8 max production strict is a little harder to produce within, it is 8 tracks (or channels), mono only, should you want to use a stereo track you are welcome to use two tracks as a stereo, but will only have 6 tracks available for the rest of your production. Here you also can have FX-sends on every track with what ever effect(s) you wish.

The last one 8 max production super strict is the least forgiving and the hardest to use. 8 tracks, all mono. An FX-send means that you will need to route back the FX-signal on one of the 8 tracks.

The purpose of these rules are only to spark creativity with needing to thing new within given limitations.

Should you produce a song with one of the above limitations and you want to brag about it, please do! 🙂

I would be happy if you linked back to this page or used the logo in your artwork for you song!