How to Make Electropop with Output Arcade
A comprehensive guide on the best kits to use within Arcade Output in order create Electro-Pop tracks in the style of Kraftwerk, Robyn and Madonna.
What is Arcade Output? (A crash course)
Arcade Output is a loop based synthesizer which allows you to play loops like instruments, and entirely transform how they sound. It is used by simply loading it into your DAW as you would with any other plugin or VST.
It is broken down into lines and kits. Lines being groups of common sounds that fit a similar theme or purpose (like a clothing line), and within these are kits - 15 curated loops ( the same as a sample pack) with four macros that are designed specifically for that kit . For example Vintage Synths is a line:
And Strange Pop is a kit within that line.
You do not have to use the samples provided, you can also load your own in and completely alter how they sound. This is a cloud based system so you have to be connected to the internet, and it is also a monthly based subscription of $9.99 ( if you cancel you can still keep all that you have created) You can also lock the samples all to the same key.
As there is a vast amount of sounds to choose from, I compiled guide of the best kits to use in order to build a track in the genre of Electro - Pop. Granted - this covers a huge variety of styles - however I will be leaning more towards the heavily arpeggiated synth based style of this sub-genre.
Arpeggiated Bass and Melody
The core ingredient in most electropop tracks - e.g Robyn’s Dancing on My Own or basically anything by Roisin Murphy.
Line: Vintage Synths - Sampled from classic analog synthesizers
Kits to use: Strange Pop, Awakening, Like Water, Photon Modules, Catacombs,Toolbox Minimal Arps, Mountain Current, Other Side
Line: Bassline - Deep, dark arpeggiated glory
Kits to use: Mastermind, Sublimate,Chameleon Bass, Tension, Anthem, Progmatic, Buzzy French Guys, Synth Running
Line: After Hours - Heavy synths and industrial sounds for the dark hour
Kits to use: Space Case, Rumours, Energized
Line: Modular Circuitry - Rich samples of modular analog
Kits to use - Alternative Synthverse, Clouds, Heat Wav
Line - Chopped - glittering walls of arpeggiated synthesis
Kits to use - The Underdog, Countdown, Digital Earth
Melody - Synths and Pads
No Electro-pop track is complete without glittering pads from outer space, with concrete walls of synthesizers.
Line: Aura - shimmering ethereal pads
Kits to use - Synthetic Tears, Vibrations, Escape Plan, Olympus Mons, Moonlight, Recurrent, Lucid Uke
Line: Modular Circuitry
Kits to use: All Balanced,Beauty is Everywhere,Private Gallery
Line: Particles - the sounds of intergalactic exploration
Kits to use: The Hive Mind, Weightlessness
Line: Vintage Synths - pulsing analog goodness
Kit to use: Celestial Sphere
The sounds of plastic perfection - here are all the elements you need for the most important element of your electro-pop track.
Line: Drum Machinery - Electronic phatness
Kits to use - Eternal Flow, Acidic Grooves, Whipped Up, Suave Demeanor, Hulking, Fight it Out, Charging Up
Line: After Hours - Drums samples to bring in the night
Kits to use (some of these also contain melodic samples): Don’t Be Weird, Nebulous, Inner Shine, Glowing Cities
Feel free to share the tracks you made with us, we would absolutely love to hear them! If you would like another genre specific article like this let us know in the comments.
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