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Garnish Music Production School in London

Mixtape

Arrangement

OVERVIEW

At this point, we looked at writing and sketching out some ideas, maybe even started to create 4 to 8 bar loops. Next we should consider extending these ideas into fully arranged composition. Before we discuss arrangement, I want to share a project with you.

 

Common Song Phrases

Intro Verse Pre Hook Hook Bridge Outro Solo

Less elements, helps build into verse, hook. Sometimes a ‘tag’ tease will be in intro
Usually simple part of the beat, less elements leaving room for vocals.
A slight departure from the Verse. Tension can start to build.
Catchy part of the song, repetitive parts aka the chorus, most elements can be played.
Usually appears around the last verse, can be a shorter phrase than a verse. Heard in pop music. Less elements again, similar to intro, fades song to conclusion.

This is usually done by a singer or a piece played by a single person.

  • »  4/4 Time Signature. Divisions of 4.
  • »  It is common for verses to be 8 or 16 bars.
  • »  Most Hooks are 8 or 16 bars.

RESOURCES

FREE Mixing and Mastering Plugin Tools:

  • »  Bundle Kit: MeldaProductions
  • »  Stereo Width Wider
  • »  Transient Shaper Flux Bittersweet
  • »  Lufs for streaming reference Youlean Meter
  • »  Mixing and mastering equalizer VOS Slick EQ
  • »  Wideband dynamics processor TDR Kotelnikov
  • »  Spectral Shaping Neutrino
  • »  Adaptive Limiter Frontier
  • »  Limiter [Mastering] VladG

Hip Hop reference track(s) for mixing and mastering:

» Sugercial EQ
» Tonal EQ
» Compression
» Mid Side EQ
» Stereo Width
» Sparkle + Shine
» Limiter (loudness)

 

Mixing & Mastering

RESOURCES

FREE Mixing and Mastering Plugin Tools:

  • »  Bundle Kit: MeldaProductions
  • »  Stereo Width Wider
  • »  Transient Shaper Flux Bittersweet
  • »  Lufs for streaming reference Youlean Meter
  • »  Mixing and mastering equalizer VOS Slick EQ
  • »  Wideband dynamics processor TDR Kotelnikov
  • »  Spectral Shaping Neutrino
  • »  Adaptive Limiter Frontier
  • »  Limiter [Mastering] VladG

Master Chain Checklist

» Reference track for mastering » Sugercial EQ
» Tonal EQ
» Compression

» Mid Side EQ
» Stereo Width
» Sparkle + Shine
» Limiter (loudness)

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