You all know too well that when producing we hit spots where we feel were going nowhere and you begin to want to eat out the back of your head in impatience and anxiety and anger. With my music, my creativity doesn’t stop, its not as though im out of ideas, its as a result of frustration over why I cant get things sounding…well….good. Say I work on a track. Ive some pads, a bassline, some drums and a piano or vocal. Now heres the question. My tracks sound dull. They sound cluttered and/or empty at the same time. It hurts to listen to them (I think), and they’re just way off anywhere near SEMI-professional standards. The sounds I use are lifeless, and I just cant get things sounding right. Does effects, mastering and equalizing etc play such a BIG part in producing??? I’ve had no formal teaching in anyway with production, ive taught myself over the last two years and im getting to my wits end. Can anyone provide any insight into what im doing wrong? I don’t use many effects, just usually a spot of reverb here and there, and maybe a bit of compression to tidy things up. I work MIDI-based at the moment, so I get my sounds either from samples and/or VSTs. I use nuendo and reason. I know im asking something that could be answered a million ways, but if anyone can offer any ideas id be really grateful (maybe you could be so good to explain what you do when working on tracks, step by step!). If you would like to help that much, you could contact me on msn and id send some stuff over for you to tell me where im going wrong . Thanks!