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Lead line hooks

From: Remixing a Song in Logic Pro

Video: Lead line hooks

One of my signature production traits is Lead-line Synth Hooks. Many songs are made up by instrumental hooks that are in the intros, choruses, and outros. You can even look at old Motown songs and some of the guitar or piano hooks are as important as the chorus looks themselves. So I apply the same philosophy to remixing. Generally I will come up with a synth hook that is either woven into the choruses or comes in an 8 bar section that follows the chorus, what I like to refer to as a post-chorus. So, I will open up the EXS24, close the MIDI parameters window here, choose the EXS24>Stereo, and I'm actually going to take a string sound, a Solina string.

Lead line hooks

One of my signature production traits is Lead-line Synth Hooks. Many songs are made up by instrumental hooks that are in the intros, choruses, and outros. You can even look at old Motown songs and some of the guitar or piano hooks are as important as the chorus looks themselves. So I apply the same philosophy to remixing. Generally I will come up with a synth hook that is either woven into the choruses or comes in an 8 bar section that follows the chorus, what I like to refer to as a post-chorus. So, I will open up the EXS24, close the MIDI parameters window here, choose the EXS24>Stereo, and I'm actually going to take a string sound, a Solina string.

The Solina is an old vintage keyboard and I think I'm going to use that, even though it's considered a Synth Lead Line or a Lead-line Hook, I'm going to play with a string sound, and-- (Music playing) --that's what the Solina sounds like, a very classic old vintage synth sound. And I will actually go ahead and move the attack of the sound down a little bit, which means that the sound will come out sounding a little bit punchier, more appropriate for a synth-lead sound.

(Music playing) Let's loop the chorus, I'm going to experiment with some lead-line hooks underneath the lead-vocal in the chorus and let's see how it sounds. (Music playing) Okay, so that gives me an idea where I want to head with the part, so I'm going to go ahead and record it in. Again, I'm looking for a synth-line hook that's memorable.

Something that you might even sing after you've heard it one or two times, so I'm going to record this part in. (Music playing) And I'll quantize it, 16A Swing, and I'll trim back the extra MIDI region that I don't need and let's take a listen to it.

(Music playing) I really like the part, I'm not 100% sure that it works well in that section of the song. I will actually move the vocals over a little bit creating that post-chorus section that I mentioned in the early part of the movie, and what I mean by moving the vocals over 8 bars, is that I'm moving verse 2 over, I'm not actually moving the chorus section over.

I click and hold where it's 66, 8 bars over will put this at 74, and Logic is prompting me with a question of do I want to move the automation data? I'm going to select Don't Move, there was some previous automation data on the track that I was playing around with and I actually don't need it to move. Let's shrink the tracks down in the Arrange window and I'm going to move this over 8 bars and then lasso everything else and copy it. Option+Drag, Option+Drag.

So let's listen to the chorus section and the post-chorus section. (Music playing) That feels a bit more natural to me to have the Lead-Line Hook come after the vocal ends.

It's introducing a new section of the song and I'm opening up myself with the ability to build the track up even more after the chorus section, which is really what we'd like to cal the Hype. Here's a new 8 bar section, a very exciting 8 bar section that's been introduced as a result of the fact that the Lead- Line Hook didn't quite work underneath the lead-vocal for the choruses. While lead-line hooks might not make sense in every remix that you work on, they can certainly bring energy to a track. You may find yourself working on a remix of the song that doesn't have a strong chorus, and you may need to come up with a section of the song like we did here, called the Post-Chorus.

This also sets us up nicely for what I like to call Synth Candy which is coming up in the next movie. Where we fill in the holes with production Ear Candy and the track really starts to take on a finished sound at that point.

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Remixing a Song in Logic Pro

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  1. 16m 14s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using Logic Pro as a remixing environment
      4m 45s
    3. Optimizing Logic's performance and monitoring system usage
      4m 29s
    4. Working with software synths
      3m 15s
    5. Using the exercise files
      58s
    6. Relinking audio files
      1m 39s
  2. 22m 51s
    1. Setting up your session
      2m 34s
    2. Determining and verifying source BPM
      1m 30s
    3. Lining up vocals over a kick drum
      5m 36s
    4. Choosing destination BPM and time-stretching in Flex mode
      4m 30s
    5. Exporting time-stretched vocals and importing into a session
      4m 23s
    6. Thinking about your direction
      4m 18s
  3. 22m 50s
    1. Using Apple Loops
      6m 8s
    2. Auditioning drum loops
      5m 46s
    3. Layering drum loops
      4m 45s
    4. Drum loops and drum programming
      6m 11s
  4. 19m 56s
    1. Chord changes and harmonic structure
      4m 18s
    2. Getting bass sounds and programming bass lines
      8m 50s
    3. Layering bass sounds and side chaining
      6m 48s
  5. 34m 20s
    1. Choosing foundational synth parts and sounds
      11m 46s
    2. Layering synth parts
      10m 21s
    3. Lead line hooks
      5m 37s
    4. Synth candy
      6m 36s
  6. 12m 19s
    1. The importance of arranging
      2m 26s
    2. Arranging your track
      9m 53s
  7. 23m 3s
    1. Creating vocal samples and transitional sounds
      11m 57s
    2. Advanced vocal editing techniques
      5m 44s
    3. Filling holes in the arrangement
      5m 22s
  8. 47m 30s
    1. Mixing philosophies
      6m 30s
    2. Mixing drums and bass
      5m 40s
    3. Mixing synths and transitional sounds
      12m 14s
    4. Mixing vocals
      10m 36s
    5. Final touches, referencing, and mastering your final mix
      5m 17s
    6. Listening to the final mix
      7m 13s
  9. 47s
    1. Final thoughts
      47s

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