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An overview of radio and club arranging

From: Remixing Techniques: Arranging and Song Form

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At first it may appear that creating arrangements for radio and arrangements for the clubs have no overlap. But when you break down the process for each one, you will find that there are quite a few similarities, and some fundamental differences. First and foremost, a finished arrangement has a certain feel to it, and it certainly needs to be tailored to work within the desired musical genre. Songs on the radio have to fall within a certain timeframe, since you don't hear FM radio stations playing five-minute versions of songs anymore. On the flip side, you would not arrange a song for the clubs that clocks in at three minutes in length.

An overview of radio and club arranging

At first it may appear that creating arrangements for radio and arrangements for the clubs have no overlap. But when you break down the process for each one, you will find that there are quite a few similarities, and some fundamental differences. First and foremost, a finished arrangement has a certain feel to it, and it certainly needs to be tailored to work within the desired musical genre. Songs on the radio have to fall within a certain timeframe, since you don't hear FM radio stations playing five-minute versions of songs anymore. On the flip side, you would not arrange a song for the clubs that clocks in at three minutes in length.

Radio arrangements are designed to pull the listener in through a series of musical and vocal hooks. The same can be said of a club arrangement, but the big difference is that club arrangements are allowed to take time to develop and unfold, and they're designed to get people on the dance floor and keep them there. The nature of a club arrangement is to take a person on a journey, with ebbs and flows as well as peaks and valleys. Most club arrangements have what's called a drop, or breakdown section, where the energy subsides for a moment, only to be brought back up and climax within the last few minutes of the arrangement.

Radio arrangements mainly centered around the chorus of the song, and the repetition of the chorus throughout the duration of the song so that the listener will be singing along after hearing the song just one time.

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Remixing Techniques: Arranging and Song Form

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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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