Us­ing tran­si­tion ef­fects

Computer Music - - Make Music Now / Arrange Tracks Like A Pro -

Putting an ar­range­ment to­gether by as­sem­bling sec­tions like build­ing blocks is the ac­cepted way of cre­at­ing songs on a com­puter, and for good rea­son – it works! Like most things, though, there’s a cer­tain knack to do­ing it well, and sim­ply stick­ing a bunch of re­gions to­gether so that they play back in a cer­tain or­der is in­evitably go­ing to sound a lit­tle me­chan­i­cal, un­less you ap­ply a lit­tle ex­tra at­ten­tion around the edges to fin­ish things off. Putting a bit of thought into the points where the sec­tions ac­tu­ally join to­gether can make a huge dif­fer­ence to the over­all flow of the fin­ished song, ac­cen­tu­at­ing the dy­nam­ics of an ar­range­ment, and help­ing it sound like it isn’t just a bunch of sec­tions ar­bi­trar­ily jammed to­gether. There are plenty of tran­si­tions and ef­fects to be found in sam­ple li­braries, or amongst the trea­sure trove of sounds that come with your DAW; or you can cre­ate your own from scratch in the form of synth whooshes or drum fills. What­ever tech­niques you use, ef­fec­tive tran­si­tions glue ev­ery­thing to­gether, so that your ar­range­ment not only sounds more like a fin­ished piece of mu­sic but also keeps the lis­tener en­gaged along the way.

As ever, if you’re strug­gling to find what you need, this very mag of­fers many free op­tions

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