Join Josh Harris for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding synths, part of Remixing Techniques: Arranging and Song Form.
Now that we have a bassline and working drums--at least through the verse and the…chorus--it's time to add synth parts.…Since I already know what the chord changes are going to be, I actually don't…need this piano part more, but I want to leave the track. I'll simply delete the…data and retitle or repurpose this track.…I'll call this Synth 1. And underneath, I will choose some sort of a stab-type sound.…You know this is an R&B track that has a lot of background vocals so I want to…honor that and I want to come up with parts that have maybe more rhythm to them…than texture, parts that will help pulse the track along, create accents and…punctuations at various points in the arrangement.…
So the very first song I'm going to choose is something that I will probably…use in the verse. Let's see this Attack Choir sound, and I'll unmute this.…(music playing)…That's a nice sound.…So let's loop the verse and just come up with a part and then I'll record it in.…(music playing)…That works for me. It just highlights the chord changes ever so slightly.…
- 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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