Using transition effects
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.
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