Hello, Ott! In some of your answers here you say things like "some DAW is good for writing, and some other DAW is good for arranging". Can you please share your opinion on the difference between writing and arranging? I am asking because in your beautiful compositions it's so hard to extract this or that part, like saying that there are some "core" elements and some "secondary/arranging" elements. Every little detail sounds like a core element that at the same time can't be isolated!

How are you drawing that line between writing/composing and arranging? Do you agree that writing is an act of producing something new from scratch, while arranging is always an application of existing known technics that are common for all good music pieces?

Many thanks!

Ott responded on 05/27/2019

For me, ‘writing’ encompasses the process of forming the initial idea and then developing it over time so that it tells a story.

The initial stage is experimentation; take an idea, add an idea which meshes with the first idea, repeat, continuing until I have enough chapters to tell an interesting story. ‘Arranging’ is taking those ideas and laying them out over time so that they form a satisfying dramatic arc, with a beginning, a middle and an end.

For this I like Ableton Live, Bitwig or Reason, because they allow you to quickly bend sound into new shapes in an intuitive way. Cubase and Logic I find a bit restrictive and old-school linear in this respect.

Where Cubase does excel, in my opinion, is for mixing. It feels robust and deep and comprehensive and allows me to take my ‘written’, arranged composition and focus on the sonics, whilst allowing me also to make changes to the composition.

I always start out in Live, Reason or Bitwig and I always finish up in Cubase.

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