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Using Overdubs, Mutes, Percussion And Multing to Create Interest in Your Arrangements

Hey everyone,

This week I’m going through all of the overdubs for Dispute. So far we’ve got drums, bass, both electric and acoustic guitars as well as some percussion and keyboards.

And a hefty amount of vocal tracks as well because that’s what we do!

Check out the video for a peak inside the session and what’s there.

Key Takeaways for You Home Producers

1. Go for ideas when you get them. If you think some claps or a harmony should go somewhere, just record it. If you don’t like it or it doesn’t fit you can always throw it out later.

2. Create interest through mutes. I tend to record all of my guitar tracks all the way through. But I normally mute certain parts throughout the song to create interest and contrast.

Having a big intro go into an equally big verse with just the vocals on top seems like a lost opportunity to create dynamics. Instead, song so there’s constantly something new going on.

That said, enjoy the video!

If you like this sort of thing and want us to keep going and making videos of the whole production process please go over to and support our music. That way we can hopefully help you get more ideas for your own.

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About Björgvin Benediktsson

I’m Björgvin Benediktsson. I’m a musician, audio engineer and best-selling author. I help musicians and producers make a greater impact with their music by teaching them how to produce and engineer themselves. I’ve taught thousands of up and coming home studio producers such as yourself how to make an impact with their music through Audio Issues since 2011.

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