How To Turn Your Loop Into A Song – Production and Arrangement

Today I show how you can take a simple idea with some potential into a bigger concept and eventually a song by trying a few simple production techniques, arrangement ideas and creativity hacks. This video is aimed at beginners who are not familiar with arrangement and song structure. I start with a simple chord loop and try to arrange it into a structure and add some variety to the song.

The video covers 3 topics:
1) Finding a theme for your song
2) Filling out the song with rhythm and tone
3) How to arrange your music into a structure that makes sense

Time Stamps –
0:30 – The original loop
1:00 – Improvising to form new ideas
3:30 – New chord ideas and humanizing the loop
4:00 – Song structure
4:50 – Adding rhythm and tone
6:30 – Adding a synth to keep the tempo
8:00 – Adding a bass to match the song
9:10 – Drums
10:00 – More synths!
11:00 – Strings
12:45 – re arranging the song (using multiple playlists)
14:30 – Transitions
16:00 – Recording some guitar

You can see from the video that I am not getting into the mixing and mastering as I create a song. This is after a few years of taking the mixing far too seriously in the early stages. Some prefer to mix everything as they go but I have found that it kills the creative energy for me! I try to match sounds well so that I don’t need huge amounts of EQ and Compression right away. There are no rights and wrongs when making music.

Common Structures for a song include:
Intro (4 Bars)
Verse (8 -16 Bars) + Prechorus (Optional)
Chorus(8 – 16 Bars)
2nd Verse (8 – 16 Bars) + Prechorus (Optional)
Chorus (8-16 Bars)

Sometime pre choruses are used depending on the genre, in my case I don’t really have a pre chorus but in many genres it’s essential to create build up and energy for the Chorus/Drop.

Hopefully it helps you out. Should I make more advanced videos about arrangement and structure?

Let me know in the comments below :)

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About In The Mix

In The Mix is all about simplifying the recording, production, mixing and mastering process and helping you unlock your creativity. No matter which DAW you use or what equipment you have, I’m determined to help you succeed. I try to share as much as I can about the industry and give an insight into the world of music production and the business behind it by showing you how to release and sell your music online.

Being an FL Studio Power User I also focus tutorials on getting the most out of FL Studio, My DAW of choice.

Micahel Wynne is a recording artist and mixing engineer with a passion for teaching (and instant ramen).
In 2015 I discovered my enthusiasm for music and audio; I learned how to record and produce songs in my university student room with a just cheap laptop and FL Studio. After several months of working in audio sessions between school assignments, I decided to leave uni with a 2-year engineering diploma to pursue a career in music. I wanted to learn everything I could about the industry and the artistic process, so I started making original music as half of the duo “Miavono”.

In late 2016 I began my journey on YouTube, sharing my knowledge and experiences with audio in the form of tutorials on “In The Mix”. I quickly grew a community of over 120,000 producers, artists, and audio professionals, a group of people whose passions aligned with mine. Last year I built my own home studio from the ground up in my back garden, set in the rural highlands of Scotland, and have since been supported by and involved with some of the greatest people in the industry.

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