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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.
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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