First and foremost I would like to start off by saying hello! This is my first post on Future Producers, and I am excited to have found a site where I can talk music production with other music lovers. The reason I decided to post this thread is because I was curious about different arrangement techniques other producers use. Now what I mean by "arrangements" is your own creative process that you use to make a song.
When I start to compose a beat, I begin with a basic 8 bar loop. I dump as many sound as I can think of in the loop. Then I duplicate each track to about 4 minutes. Once I've done that I begin my mix down. I make sure that everything blends in together nicely. (I figure if I don't leave the mix for the end, I won't have a lot to do later but just a few tweaks here and there.) Once I have done the mix, I start deleting some of the loops and separate the hook from the verses. Then I work on the intro and outro in the same manner. Finally, I add a few more sounds where I feel it needs it. I will usually mix it down a few times over a few days to give myself some fresh ears.
Does anyone have a different process they use? Has your creative processes changed from when you started producing music to how you do it today? I look forward to your comments!
P.S. I have a few loops I threw together for anyone interested in a collaboration!