Join JK Swopes for an in-depth discussion in this video Arranging your song idea using scene and pattern variations, part of MASCHINE: Beat Making.
- All right, so now that I have a really good idea of…the layout of the song, or just the general way…that things are going to go together, as well as…some different varieties in my patterns,…I want to start working out how I want to…actually arrange it, and I can do this…directly in the arranger.…And again, here, I just like to experiment and…come up with different ideas, so sometimes…I'll go through and mute different groups…and change sounds around and also…make sure things are labeled so I know…what it is, like for this one, I know this is…kind of like my chord.…The next group is going to be my organ.…
These are my drums.…And then I just like to go through and…name things like that.…I know that's vocals, so...…Just rename it.…And now I just go through and create different scenes…and get a feel for how I want to lay things out.…(hip hop music)…You can quickly copy your scenes using CTRL,…and then clicking on the mouse to drag it over.…
So I'm just going to do that, and I see…I want to take out a few patterns in that first one.…
In Chapter 3, JK uses the same techniques to make a new sample-based track—a great way to make custom sounds you won't hear anywhere else. Start watching to learn how to make your own beats with MASCHINE.
- Quantizing beats to align notes
- Making a simple drum pattern
- Adding groove to beats
- Using MASCHINE expansions
- Creating melodies
- Adding bass, percussion, and FX
- Creating pattern variations
- Arranging songs
- Making beats from samples