How To Make Music Transitions (Music Production Tutorial)


It’s rather boring to switch from one part
of your arrangement to another without any transition effects to make it a bit smoother. If you’re wondering how to make your own unique
transition effects, stick around, I’ll be talking about some different ways you can do this. [Cymbal Sweep Example] [Drum Fill Transition Example] [Synth Arp Sweep Transition Example] [How to make music transitions tutorial] Hey everyone, Jake from Transverse Audio here. Not every change in your arrangement calls
for one of the tips I’m going to talk about in this video. But, it is good to include some other effects like what I go over in my video about making better intros, which applies to introducing
any sound throughout your song. That, can be found in the card to the top right. Now, let’s get back to this video. You can quickly make a sweeping effect by
reversing a cymbal crash into another one. You can either use an entirely new sample
or just duplicate the normal one and reverse the copy. Whatever way you choose, make sure to line them up with precision as it can make an obvious stop or jump if you don’t. You may have to zoom in quite far to make sure of this. And will most likely need to
temporarily disable “snap to grid” so you can nudge the sample very slightly. You can do this by holding down ALT and dragging, SHIFT and scrolling on the top bar of the pattern, or by going to the magnet icon on the top left
of the piano roll and selecting “none”. Just remember to switch it back if you use the menu as it will make it really annoying to arrange
your song when you zoom back out. I usually have it set to “Line” so it’s dynamic
and is based on how zoomed in I am. Depending on the samples you use, the initial
snap (or transient) may interfere with the sweep where the two samples connect. I’ve got two, ehh, kind of 3 ways you can
deal with this; You can automate the volume on both samples
where the initial hit of the cymbal is heard. When the two samples overlap, this is known
as cross-fading. Basically, you decrease the volume of one
sample and increase the other, usually at the same time/rate. [Cymbal cross-fade sweep example] You can add a reverb to the reversed one to
make it less harsh at the end (or technically the middle of the sweep). This will help it blend the two together and
make them sound like a single sample. [Cymbal Crash Sweep with Reverb Effect] You can also adjust the volume level of each
individually to give it more of the style you’re looking for. [Previous examples but with volume adjustment] For tip number two, it’s all about drums,
and most commonly it’s going to be toms but could be any kind of percussion. Using drum fills at the end of a pattern, right before the next one, will make the transition a lot better. This can even be done when going into the
same loop or pattern to keep things interesting. To start, you’ll want to pick out your drums. Once you have a few to work with, you can
start to write out your own pattern. Nothing too crazy but enough to make it exciting. [Drum fill example one] [Drum fill example two] Finally, tip number three. Very similar to the last one but instead of percussion this one involves synths or other instruments. What you want to do is make your own quick
sound effect like this. [Synth fill example] You can really make them your own way
and with your own choice of sound. The point of this is to just create a bit of extra detail to grab the listeners attention for the next part. Let me know in the comments below what your
favorite technique was from the video. I release a bunch of content just like this
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