How to create “Head Candy” sounds in Ableton

So you’ve put together a basic song arrangement in Ableton or your DAW of choice, stretching out your 16 bar loop to something more songlike¬†but you’ve run into a snag.

Your song sounds repetitive, empty, boring…

No matter how cool that initial loop sounds, turning it into a song that keeps your interest is a different animal altogether.

So how do we add interest to a track? Head candy is my solution.

I like to add incidental 1 shot sounds that bounce around your head in unpredictable ways so that the mind can’t lock in to one specific pattern. This keeps your brain from getting bored when listening to repetitive dance music.

In the video below, I explain my approach to creating this head candy:

Happy music making,

Jason

 

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