Strategies for Song Structure
I use iPhone exclusively and tend toward a modular approach using mostly AUM and AB/IAA/AU output to separate channels and mixed in Reaper later on. I control most of my synths and drums with Aleph Looper and Xynthesizer. Since I don't have a hardware midi controller yet, I tend to do a lot of: Record track to wav while other tracks are playing, and then sometimes load that wav back into AUM's file player to save CPU. This generally sounds pretty good, but the thing I'm having the hard time with is structuring songs.
I do like Aleph's song mode approach, but one thing that kills me is not being able to see it laid out visually. I've tried sketching song structures with a pen & paper, but I haven't really found a style that works for me very well. I recently saw someone break a famous track down structurally in a spreadsheet which was an interesting approach that I may try. The only time I really miss a traditional midi alongside waveform DAW piano roll is in the beginning planning phase and at the end while doing volume/panning/mixing.
I'd like to read some strategies you all use to plan out song structure.
P.S., Is there any way to get Aleph Looper and AUM to start at the same time? I wish I could just hit play in AUM and start Aleph and Xynthesizer. I always have to give myself a 1 bar head start which can get confusing later on while trying to structure the song.