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The importance of arranging

From: Remixing a Song in Logic Pro

Video: The importance of arranging

Now it's time to talk about arranging. This is one of the most critical parts of the remixing process. If you don't have a great arrangement, your track will most likely fall flat, especially if it's being played in the club by DJs. So I will disengage the loop setting here. I highlighted all these tracks. They are just looping till the end of the song right now. I will hit the L key and turn them off. I will click-and-drag, copy-and-paste, and I'm just copying-and-pasting, and copying-and-pasting, because the way I like to start building my arrangement is to actually copy-and-paste sections and then mute arrange or deconstruct on the fly.

The importance of arranging

Now it's time to talk about arranging. This is one of the most critical parts of the remixing process. If you don't have a great arrangement, your track will most likely fall flat, especially if it's being played in the club by DJs. So I will disengage the loop setting here. I highlighted all these tracks. They are just looping till the end of the song right now. I will hit the L key and turn them off. I will click-and-drag, copy-and-paste, and I'm just copying-and-pasting, and copying-and-pasting, because the way I like to start building my arrangement is to actually copy-and-paste sections and then mute arrange or deconstruct on the fly.

So I am pasting drums all the way across here, all the way across. I know that this remix is going to wind up being between 5 and 6 minutes long. So that's why several movies ago, I went ahead and moved the vocals to start at measure 41. That gives us 40 measures of intro, DJ intros I like to call it for someone to mix the record in from the previous record that they are mixing out of. So I always like to start with drums, and I don't want to play all of the drum loops at the very beginning.

So what I'll do is maybe delete the first 8 bars of the top drum loop and just start the mix like this. (Music playing) I'm not sure yet. I like to play around with these ideas before I actually start really building up the arrangement. As we think of the arrangement, and how important it really is, you want to have ebbs and flows in your track.

It needs to breathe. Ideally, I like to have elements coming in and out every 8 bars, so that the ear picks up on things happening. I generally break the track down in the similar fashion as I build it up. There might be a 32 bar or a 40 bar intro and subsequently a 32 or 40 bar outro with the body of the song happening generally from here to about here, that's about measure 41 to maybe a measure 161. All these arrangement principles will make more sense as we start to build up our remix and the song takes on a more definitive form.

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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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