Join Josh Harris for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding drum fills, part of Remixing Techniques: Arranging and Song Form.
Drum fills are a fantastic transitional tool.…A 1-bar drum fill before the chorus, or going into the bridge section, can often…add the flavor that causes the listener's ears to perk up.…It also shows that you, the arranger, took the time to add those last bits and…pieces, which, for me, make an arrangement fill finished.…I've added two Kong Drum Designers, which will be the centerpiece of our fills,…and I will program these using MIDI.…The first area that I'd like to focus on is right before the first chorus.…
So I will set my left and right locator points to that section of the…arrangement, and I'll bring the playhead to the left start point.…(music playing)…So we have a bass glissando, that bass sound that glides down, and there is a drum fill.…We can listen to it very quickly.…(music playing)…There's a slight snare fill, but I'd like to go a little bit further with that,…and our program some additional drum parts on top so that that 1 bar before the…chorus is really highlighted.…
- Reviewing the different types of arranging: music, remix, and radio/club
- Referencing a previous version of the song
- Listening to stems
- Creating a sketch arrangement
- Adding synths and guitars
- Developing the drums and bass
- Using time stretching
- Creating a radio edit from a club mix
- Adding special effects like drum fills and delays
Skill Level Intermediate
Remixing Techniques: Time Stretchingwith Josh Harris2h 51m Intermediate
Pro Tools: Music Editing for TV and Filmwith Skye Lewin3h 30m Intermediate
Ableton Live 8 Essential Trainingwith Rick Schmunk7h 20m Beginner
1. Arranging: An Overview
2. Arranging for the Radio
3. Arranging for the Club
4. Creating a Radio Edit from a Club Mix
5. Adding Arrangement Ear Candy
6. Final Listens
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