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The looping nature of electronic music can often lead to sections being created in blocks. Having defined sections in your music is important to give the track a sense of development and structure, but it’s crucial to maintain a flow throughout the track. The use of transitional effects can smooth the joins between sections, and also act as impacts for when the drop hits. These days, most of us have a collection of sample packs, which often come with effects samples for transitions and impacts. These can be excellent timesavers or can even spark a little inspiration.
240 comes with the Transition Tools sample pack, which is a one-stop shop for transitional effects. These samples can be dropped straight into your track, or manipulated and processed to make them your own. A great technique is to overlap effect samples that rise in pitch at different rates – as the pitches go up separately, this can create a chaotic and tense ending to a build-up section. Whatever samples you choose to include, it’s important they’re in keeping with the tone and mood of your music. If your track is a hard-hitting, dark techno number, then perhaps noise-based samples would be preferable to tonal synth sweeps. When selecting or processing the sounds, a good rule to follow is that things should rise upwards when building up to something, and fall downwards when they hit the big moment.
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