9. Arranging a Song

Now we’re going to sit down and construct an entire song. We’ll actually be working with a new song of mine so we’ll have some MIDI and audio to work with. We’ll be combining MIDI and prerecorded audio elements that I created, which will help me teach you how to create a whole song arrangement. In your own process, feel free to destroy my song, enhance it, rewrite it—but please do not release your own version of it, because it’s copyrighted.

We’re going to start with a very lame-sounding MIDI version of the song, to help you understand the writing process and how MIDI comes in very handy when sketching out an idea for a song. With SampleTank Free we are limited to 12 basic sounds, so there was only so much I could do with ...

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