When we discuss mixing, we tend to put a lot of emphasis on how to shape, sculpt, and mold your tracks. And we should — the bulk of the decisions you make during the mixing phase will be related to balancing track levels, panning, EQ, compression, and creative effects.
That said, all the clever sound shaping and track tweaking in the world won’t rescue a poor musical arrangement. In fact, it’s a sure bet that if your preliminary static mix doesn’t sound balanced and engaging, getting your final mix to sound balanced and engaging will be a serious battle.
What is Arrangement?
The term “arrangement” refers to the setting of a musical composition. Arrangement encompasses, among other things, the way in which the elements of a piece of music are selected, performed, and assembled together.
In short, arranging involves removing, adding, moving, or replacing elements not part of the original composition.
Modern digital audio workstations are tailor-made for arranging and make it incredibly fast and easy. In fact, most DAWs include an “arrange” window — a timeline where you select your instruments, edit your clips and loops, and move your project’s elements around to create your final song.
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