Set up a timer. Decide how much time you want to spend for composing, how much for mixing, and how for mastering.
Write a 30 sec. to 1 min. cue.
The goal for this assignment is not to be perfect, but rather to be effective.
The idea is to experiment composing under pressure. Don’t try to write something that’s very complex or that you don’t feel comfortable with. Chose a style you’re good at and try to compose as fast as possible.
At this stage, you should have a template set up that includes a set of patches for sketching. Also, you’ve already composed a couple of tracks with your template and you’re getting used to it. You know what instruments you’ve got loaded and how they sound.
Decide how much time you want to spend in this assignment and try to compose a short cue under that time.
Remember that the goal here is not perfection. We’re testing our efficiency skills and our system performance, while still maintaining a professional sound.