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Remixing Techniques: Arranging and Song Form
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Working from the hype backwards


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Remixing Techniques: Arranging and Song Form

with Josh Harris

Video: Working from the hype backwards

The hype section of a club remix is designed to excite the crowd. Sometimes it is 8 bars, sometimes it is 16 bars, and generally it's a keyboard sound, some sort of a lead line or arpeggiated synth line in the higher register that has an exciting feel to it. I'll add a MIDI track, go back to Nexus, and in the Arpeggios category, I will choose Phantasmic Sequence.
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  1. 2m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      23s
    3. Why did we record this course in four different DAWs?
      49s
    4. Using the exercise files
      30s
  2. 4m 58s
    1. A general overview of musical arranging
      2m 4s
    2. An overview of remix arranging
      1m 34s
    3. An overview of radio and club arranging
      1m 20s
  3. 51m 30s
    1. Referencing the original or demo version of the song
      3m 2s
    2. Listening to stems and deciding on the musical direction
      4m 36s
    3. Creating a sketch arrangement
      8m 36s
    4. Developing the drums and bass
      13m 31s
    5. Adding synths
      8m 43s
    6. Adding guitars
      7m 49s
    7. Arranging the rest of the song
      5m 13s
  4. 51m 54s
    1. Referencing the original or demo version of the song
      5m 7s
    2. Listening to stems and deciding on the musical direction
      3m 42s
    3. Time stretching stems and creating a sketch arrangement
      11m 18s
    4. Developing the drums and bass
      11m 10s
    5. Adding synths
      10m 30s
    6. Working from the hype backwards
      4m 27s
    7. Arranging the rest of the song
      5m 40s
  5. 18m 31s
    1. Trimming down the club version
      3m 32s
    2. Identifying arrangement changes within the body of the song
      9m 44s
    3. Listening through the final arrangement
      5m 15s
  6. 19m 38s
    1. Adding a vocoder
      5m 36s
    2. Adding filtered delays to vocals
      7m 42s
    3. Adding drum fills
      6m 20s
  7. 14m 48s
    1. Listening through the final radio mix
      4m 12s
    2. Listening through the final club mix
      6m 47s
    3. Listening through the final radio edit
      3m 49s
  8. 38s
    1. Final thoughts and next steps
      38s

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Remixing Techniques: Arranging and Song Form
2h 44m Intermediate Dec 10, 2012

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In this course, author Josh Harris shows how to create radio and club arrangements, and a radio edit of a club mix. He utilizes four different digital audio workstations (DAWs)—Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Logic, and Reason—and shows how to build different arrangements from the ground up, by adding guitars, drums, bass, and synths. Each DAW explores different types of arranging scenarios. Plus, learn how to add ear candy and take your arrangements to another level.

Topics include:
  • Reviewing the different types of arranging: music, remix, and radio/club
  • Referencing a previous version of the song
  • Listening to stems
  • Creating a sketch arrangement
  • Adding synths and guitars
  • Developing the drums and bass
  • Using time stretching
  • Creating a radio edit from a club mix
  • Adding special effects like drum fills and delays
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs Mixing Music Production Audio Plug-Ins Mastering Remixing
Software:
Ableton Live Logic Pro Pro Tools Reason
Author:
Josh Harris

Working from the hype backwards

The hype section of a club remix is designed to excite the crowd. Sometimes it is 8 bars, sometimes it is 16 bars, and generally it's a keyboard sound, some sort of a lead line or arpeggiated synth line in the higher register that has an exciting feel to it. I'll add a MIDI track, go back to Nexus, and in the Arpeggios category, I will choose Phantasmic Sequence.

(music playing) I like that sound; that has a nice energy to it and the effects are great, the delays and the reverb. So I'll punch in at the chorus, and typically the hype, for me, is not always the chorus; sometimes it's the 8 bars after the chorus or it might be 8 bars into a long chorus, like in the case of this song. So let's just start the track at this double chorus here at measure 45, and I will play in a part where I feel it should come in.

(music playing) We'll trim this so that it's a perfect 8-bar region, and I will turn it down a little bit, as well as renaming the track. I'll call it hype arp 1.

Go back and take a listen to it. (music playing) I like that. That works. Copy and paste that and distribute that into the other chorus sections. Since the first chorus is only 8 bars long, I'm not going to copy and paste it over to this section of the arrangement, but rather leave it for the second chorus and the third chorus, and actually have a come it in on the very last chorus, just for little bit of variety.

Now, in the spirit of layering and creating more depth, I'm going to add another MIDI track and see if there's another arpeggiated pattern that might work as a supplemental sound. (music playing) I like this first sound, After Midnight. So I'll copy and paste the MIDI from the track above it and call this hype arp layer.

And we'll just solo these out and take a listen to them. Blend them together so that they sound like one sound. (music playing) That's a nice layer.

It adds a little bit of thickness, to the hype arp 1, just a little bit of that what I call front to back depth. And there is definitely a lot of energy going on right now. The vocal is at its peak. And this is exactly what the hype section should be, the exciting part of the arrangement. It doesn't matter if it happens once or twice; it's just that payoff moment. And so as you work through the rest of your arrangement, it's important that everything leads up to this moment. And so constructing and deconstructing is really the guiding principle here, when it comes to working through a club arrangement.

And as you'll see in the next movie, we will fill in the holes and finish off the arrangement.

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