How To Arrange The Perfect Track - Part Two: Five Essential Arrangement Tips And Ideas
Five essential pointers to help you get your track laid out and finished.
The next time you’re stuck for a new arrangement idea, try putting a filter or stutter plugin on your
master channel. Both filters and stutter effects offer a great way to begin or even finish your track.
These plugins might also inspire something interesting and unexpected that you can incorporate directly
in the track.
You can turn an 8 bar loop into a full track through subtractive arrangement. Copy and paste your loop
until it is the length of a song. Now play through this song-length loop but as you go mute and unmute
different tracks every 8 or 16 bars. If you have enough instruments in our initial loop this technique
Learning your DAWs shortcuts (copy, paste and duplicate etc.) will save you time, build confidence, and
make your arranging more efficient.
Import a song you like into your project. Most DAWs will allow you to make a temp track or to add
markers. Add the markers at the different sections in your exported song verse chorus etc. Delete the
song and you have a Road Map that you can use in your own song.
Listen as a listener
Once you’re happy with your arrangement export your track and add it to a play list of your favourite
songs. How does it compare? Is the verse too repetitive? Does the intro drag? Does the song flow?
Listen to your song as you would any other commercial track in iTunes, VLC or windows media player
as this removes the distractions of a DAW’s timeline and visual elements.