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The arrangement

The arrangement

The structure of the song is the classic pop song pattern: intro, verse, chorus, verse two, chorus, bridge (solo or something), chorus out. A short description of each section follows. One point to keep in mind is that we have been trained over the years to hear music in chunks of 4, 8, 16, and 32. Thus, I often do something—change the drum beat, filter a part, and so on—to reinforce the changes that take place in a song at those points.

Because this is an electronic-oriented song, I started the intro with a comparatively nonrhythmic part, to make life a little easier for the DJ trying to fade it in. The first heavy dose of the tempo is the shaker part, which starts at bar 10 in the SX 2 arrangement. Four bars later, the very quiet arpeggio starts at the same time as the drum beat. The only resonant filter plug-in with Cubase is the Step Filter, so to make my life easier, I just set the filter cutoff and resonance flat and used mix automation to control the cutoff point of the filter. Automation also turns off the plug-in just as the first verse starts.


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