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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.
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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