I love this arrangement from Deadmau5 – Let Go
Instead of starting with the usual 4/4 kick, he starts with a very simple pad that evolves with the vocal already on it…
- Great synth pad
- Vocal on top while pad moves a bit
- Kick 4/4 and heavy techno with leads
- Vocal on top
A tip to give you inspiration again:
- Take one of your favourite tracks from your music library. Something that is similar to the style of music your are making.
- Put the track at the top of your song and analyse its structure.
- Copy that structure to your track and you will kick-off again.
To be different, instead of using a snare roll to go towards a breakdown or break-out, use instead of a snare an analogue sound or FX, make a simple one note melody / rhythm with it and then pitch bend from 0 to 24 over the rhythm. Put some reverb on it at the tail.
For some more enhanced melody catchiness in your electronic songs, use this technique – useful on bass and other melodies
- Take an audio bounce of your melody
- Reverse it
- Play reversed sound just before melody starts playing as an intro to your first note. Use a fader to let the reverse sound go into the melody.
When making a 4/4 techno kick track, make sure to put the kickdrum to the same key as the song. It will make the kick sound stronger and better in the mix.