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.
- Alright, so now that we have all of our different parts…and, basically we have the general idea of our track,…let's kind of go in and look at the arrangement.…Also keep in mind, when you're working on your arrangement,…what you're going to do with the track at the end.…So, if you're doing something for an artist,…that's going to need to lay vocals,…you want to make sure you leave space for that.…But if it's more experimental, instrumental,…or like background music,…then you have a little bit more freedom.…So, let's kind of take a look at…adding some different things for this one.…I want to start with just a sample.…So, let's go,…actually, let's name some things really quickly.…
I think this right here is my bass.…This one I want to start with,…this stuff out for now.…(sample music)…So I kind of want to take that one into this one…for an intro.…
(sample music)…And we'll go into the main (mumbles)…(sample music)…So just, kind of going through and trying…some different combinations to kind of…start off the track, so let's see…
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