Chapter 5
Quick Songs with
Patterns and Loops
New software makes mixing musical elements more like playing with
blocks: combine pre-built elements, like musical patterns and recorded
sound loops, and within minutes you can produce a piece of music that
sounds like a professionally recorded song. You can use this as-is or as a
sketch for creating original material.
Quick Songs with Patterns and Loops
We’ll apply the building-blocks production approach
using audio loops and patterns, to two scenarios:
Create a Backing Track with
Apple GarageBand
Build a linear song arrangement
Mix and export music to a CD or iPod
Build a Custom Groovebox
with Cakewalk Kinetic
Edit and assemble individual grooves
Apply basic effects
Play an interactive song structure from a
Essential Terms
Where to Start
You can use loops and patterns with many applications, so if you’ve already got a sequencer, fire it up
and try working with the free loops included on the DVD. In this chapter we'll work with applications
that import and play loops.Tutorial files are located on the DVD so you can hear the finished project.
Mac: Apple GarageBand ( is available preinstalled on recent Mac mod-
els and is included in Apple’s iLife application (; Apple Soundtrack (part of Final Cut
Pro) and Logic Express/Pro have similar features.
Windows: Cakewalk Kinetic ( is available in a fully functional
demo version included on this book’s DVD.

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