Join Josh Harris for an in-depth discussion in this video Working from the hype backwards, part of Remixing Techniques: Arranging and Song Form.
The hype section of a club remix is designed to excite the crowd.…Sometimes it is 8 bars, sometimes it is 16 bars, and generally it's a keyboard…sound, some sort of a lead line or arpeggiated synth line in the higher register…that has an exciting feel to it.…I'll add a MIDI track, go back to Nexus, and in the Arpeggios category, I will…choose Phantasmic Sequence.…
(music playing)…I like that sound; that has a nice energy to it and the effects are great, the delays and the reverb.…So I'll punch in at the chorus, and typically the hype, for me, is not always the…chorus; sometimes it's the 8 bars after the chorus or it might be 8 bars into a…long chorus, like in the case of this song.…So let's just start the track at this double chorus here at measure 45, and I…will play in a part where I feel it should come in.…
(music playing)…We'll trim this so that it's a perfect 8-bar region, and I will turn it down a…little bit, as well as renaming the track. I'll call it hype arp 1.…
Go back and take a listen to it. (music playing)…
- 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
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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