8. Glitching with restraint
Glitchy, stuttering edits can be effective, but they can also sound dated and clichéd. Rather than using a glitch plugin over the track, try processing your drums (or whole track) with different effects and recording the results onto a new channel. In doing so, you’ll create an array of different-sounding versions of the track, which can then be spliced together. You can be as wild or conservative with this technique as you like, but a good place to start is placing a different edit on every beat of the last bar in the build-up. Often a blend of ‘washed-out’ effects mixed with driersounding edits creates interesting contrast. This process can create unique results, but less can often mean more – maintaining the rhythmic flow of the track is more important than wacky, over-the-top FX.