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Need background atmosphere, or more tension in your music? Read on for MusicTech‘s guide to adding drama, ambience and occasional menace to your productions…

We all know DAWs are great at helping you put together music. Beats, basslines and leads can be produced easily with plug-in instruments in the likes of Logic, Live and Cubase. Each sequencer also has ways to record external sounds and instruments in, of course.

So far, so good. But adding drama or atmosphere to your music is the jam in the cake – it’s often the point at which your basic production is lifted onto a new, professional level, one that separates your tune from tens of thousands of others. Read on, then, for how to lift your music with a bit of atmosphere…

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