Im­press with FX

Computer Music - - The Drop -

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.

Ma­nip­u­late your ef­fect sam­ples with ed­its and fades to make them your own

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