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14 Days to Better Music

Day 1 - Combining Unexpected Arcade Lines

Day 2 - Layering Drums with Beatbox

Day 3 - Slicing Loops in Arcade

Day 4 - Add organic textures to your productions

Day 5 - Add rhythm to Arcade loops with Movement

Day 6 - Build drum kits using your samples in Arcade

Day 7 - Use vocals as rhythmic elements

Day 8 - Add interest to your tracks with Portal

Day 9 - Customize Arcade’s Kits

Blending different genres in your track is one of the best ways to make your music stand out without sounding too experimental. With 30+ Lines available in Arcade, it’s super easy to do so. Here are some of our favorite unexpected combinations:

– Nightmare and Passport
– Poolside and Rhythm Culture
– Chopped and Trash Drums
– Distant Voices and Modular Circuitry

Drums can make or break a track and that’s why producers are constantly on the lookout for fresh drum sounds. One of the best ways to create unique drums is to layer them with other percussive elements and the Beatbox Line is the perfect place to start.

Chopping samples is integrated into the workflow of most modern producer and Arcade makes it easy to do so. Just find a sample in Arcade or import your own and start building completely new sequences by slicing it across the keyboard by holding alt/option and dragging it to other keys.

Organic textures always add a touch of sophistication to synth-driven tracks. It’s also a great way to add depth to your mix and keep the listener interested throughout the entire song. Check out these Lines if you’re looking for great textures:

Particles
Aura
Patterns

Ever felt like your melody and progression did not quite blend together? Our Plug-in Movement can really help bring all of the elements of your track in sync thanks to its complex rhythm system and effects. In this example, we used it on vocals but it is definitely worth trying on all of your favorite sound sources.

Have a huge collection of drum sounds on your hard drive? Turn them into Arcade drum kits quickly and benefit from all of the built-in effects available inside of Arcade to process them.

When producing for Artists, it is important to keep room for the lead vocals but that does not mean that you shouldn’t use vocals chops to make your beats stand out. Using them in a rhythmic way will add character to the instrumental while leaving plenty of space for the singer.

Repetition in modern music is extremely important but it shouldn’t mean that it has to be boring. Portal is the perfect tool to add interest to these repetitive elements and make your track feel a lot more produced.

If you ever feel like the Kit your are working is missing a certain sound to complement your track, there’s no need to open another instance of Arcade. Simply use the Loops section of the Browser to find the sound that you are looking for and drag it on a white key. Arcade will automatically adjust the key and bpm of that loop to match your session.

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