How to Arrange Electronic Dance Music.

The techniques used to arrange a released Electronic Dance Music track.
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58min of on-demand video
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How to arrange an electronic dance music track.
The key stages of an arrangement.
How to maintain interest in a track with minimal instrumentation.
Learn when to approach an arrangement.


  • No experience is required.
  • If you wish to have a go at arranging a track you will require a DAW.


This track has been released. Have a listen.

Artist: Hau5e

Track: Jus Say

We've all been there. You have a killer 8 or 16 bars looping around in your DAW but when it comes to building the rest of the track around it, it’s not as simple as it first appears and you wind up with a repetitive sounding track.

The problem is that simply repeating the same loop over and over throughout the length of the track and dropping audio channels in and out doesn’t make for an interesting or exciting track and is more likely to send your listeners to sleep than get them on the dance floor.

For this hour presentation, a professional producer, apple certified mastering engineer and author of the award winning textbook, the dance music manual, discusses and walks you through the basic concepts behind creating and arranging a complete song from an example 16 bar loop.

Originally presented at the Audio Engineering Society convention, Electronic Dance Music co-Chair, Rick, discusses the importance of starting with a basic sound-set and why moving to the arrangement earlier than you might first imagine can be advantageous. He then walks through the techniques he uses to create energy with techniques such as development, recapitulation and contour in order to build anticipation in your listeners and maintain their interest.

Who this course is for:

  • This is suitable for beginners to experienced producers.


Award Winning Record Producer, studio owner and Author
Rick Snoman
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
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  • 2,880 Students
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Rick Snoman is a producer, remixer, engineer and award winning author based at Altar Studios UK.

Releasing records and opening the worlds first commercial EDM studio through to writing the worlds leading textbook, holding keynote talks at NAMM and hosting the Audio Engineering Societies first ever EDM Academy, we’re the first choice for many when it comes to anything in electronic dance music.

An Apple-approved mastering engineer with 30 years experience and a Ph.D. in audio technology, specialising in modern electronic music production, mixing, and mastering, he owns and runs Altar Recording Studios. He has mixed and mastered for labels such as Sony BMG, Polydor, Warner, Anjuna and Mau5trap while his textbook has won awards, critical acclaim, and accolade across the entire electronic music industry from ToolRoom to Mix Magazine.

Rick is co-chair of Electronic Dance Music for the Audio Engineering Society, a member of the A.E.S Education Committee, and presented and curated the Audio Engineering Society’s first-ever EDM event in 2021. He regularly talks at colleges, universities, and at A.E.S conventions worldwide, was a keynote speaker on EDM at NAMM 2020, and D.J for the After Party Tec Awards in L.A 2020.

If you have any questions please email us at Altar Studios UK. The team there will be able to help.

We also have a podcast on YouTube and streaming platforms - Mo & Tif - Chewing on EDM

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