Electronic Composition
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What are pads?

If you have spent any time on YouTube learning about electronic music, you’ve probably heard the term “pads” used on occasion. Pads are a type of synthesized sound that is used widely in various types of electronic music. They often provide a supporting harmonic and timbral role to the music. Here is an example of chord progression played by a few different pads in Bandlab.

Pads can be combined with automation to create interesting effects!

Automation allows you to draw in changes to parameters like volume, pan, and even FX! In this video the white lines show the volume of each track. The constantly evolving texture is a great way to add variety to a repetitive section of music.