Revealed: How to Make Tracks and Not Just Loops
Look, we here at RenegadeProducer.com don't discriminate against loops. In fact, loops are the basic building blocks of beats and electronic music. You have to start a track somewhere and a loop is more than just a seed idea.
Now, while your loop can form the basis of your full track, it's necessary to go beyond the loop and create a full track structure if you want to produce music people want to listen to. This means you must escape the loop, break the cycle and move beyond the limits that hold you back in an infinite regress of 8 bars.
So, just how do you make tracks not loops?
There are 2 ways to achieve this easily without getting stuck in a loop:
- Start with your track structure first.
- Create variations of your loop and then move on to your track structure.
In the first case you simply have to start to work horizontally instead of vertically. So, instead of stacking your instruments and sounds one on top of the other to create a loop you first create the horizontal or left-to-right framework. You then start to work vertically section by section until you've written your full track.
In the second case you start to work vertically. You create a loop but move on to your horizontal track structure as soon as possible. You do this first with variations of your loop and then move on to a full track structure as soon as possible to not get stuck.
So, step-by-step it works like this:
- Create your seed idea. A melody, a riff, a chord progression, a drum loop, a bass line. Anything.
- Create a loop by adding parts until you have a loop, usually your final drop or chorus works best.
- Create 2 duplicates of your loop.
- Create 2 variations of your main loop.
- Create your full track structure and develop your breakdowns/verses, mid-eight section and intro and outro.
This second method can be visualized like this: