i’m getting better at arrangement—but to hear that other people have the same problem means it’s a real problem, and not just me! I use a lot of pattern splitting and joining commands to make arrangements, but it can still be rough. i’ll start with one bar at 32 lpb with a length of 40 (hex) and duplicate it 3 times, then merge the four-bar loop, but then i’ve got a 200/512 line pattern. I find that works, but it can be daunting.
I still have a little errant hihat or something hidden somewhere in the song, which can be frustrating, but sometimes it’s kinda cool
I’ve really been focusing on pattern fx commands, especially automation, and global commands. I’ve been using renoise for like 7 years and I FINALLY understand why the inertia parameter on so many native fx is useful—pattern automation! haha!
I recently unplugged any midi controllers and am forcing myslf to enter in automation by hand in fx columns, and it’s really helpful.
I BARELY use phrases, but i see their massive power. I rarely make any complex instruments, but i abuse the shit out of resampling. also, those that know, CDP. CDP. CDP. I’m not a hardcore tool user as I’m weirdly superstitious that too many tools will bloat the software, but CDP IS ESSENTIAL!
I’m also superstitious about doing anything audio-related while rendering a tune. if I get an AIM message, i re-render… lol
EDIT: horizontal arrangement is the only reason i want to do some things in ableton. everyone talks about how ableton has such a fast workflow—but it feels like swimming through creamed corn for me. eugh…
EDITEDIT: this is actually a very inspiring thread. we should go through a list of our weaknesses and find those of us who have strengths in them - and teach each other all these cool new things