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8 WAYS TO COMPOSE AND ARRANGE A TRACK

You’ve got your ideas down into your DAW. They might be loops or simple scratchpad ideas. How do you flesh them out into full arrangements? Read on…

MT Cover Feature Produce a track from start to finish

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01 Use looping creatively

You will probably find that whatever DAW you use, you will be positively encouraged to use loops at some point in the production process – usually at the start. And this, by and large, is a good thing. It gets to the heart of why you are using technology in the first place, as looping enables you to try musical ideas together very easily and very quickly. You can build all the elements of your song together using loops – bass, drums, leads, guitars – and then the main arrangement process starts. All good so far, but we’d also add the caveat that people are getting a little too reliant on loops – and looping does lead you down certain paths and towards certain genres. So, our current thinking is that looping is great at the start of your arrangement process, and we’d even encourage people who don’t do it to try it.

In Live, looping is what it’s all about and it’s done for you, but don’t let the loop rule you. Using looping in Logic is simply a case of defining loop points by clicking and dragging your cursor
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Make a track today! That's the focus of the May issue of MusicTech as top producers reveal their secrets and top tips to starting, arranging, mixing, finishing and mastering your music. If you've ever needed inspiration, had trouble taking a tune beyond its initial ideas, never known how or when to stop, or needed a pro mastered sound, this is the issue to get! On top of this massive set of features there's a huge studio interview with the legend that is Gary Numan, 1.22GB of free samples and all the latest modular synth and music production news.
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