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.

By Eimear O SullivanMusicngear Editor

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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:

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And Strange Pop is a kit within that line.

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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

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Kits to use: Strange Pop, Awakening, Like Water, Photon Modules, Catacombs,Toolbox Minimal Arps, Mountain Current, Other Side

 

Line: Bassline - Deep, dark arpeggiated glory

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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

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Kits to use: Space Case, Rumours, Energized

 

Line: Modular Circuitry - Rich samples of modular analog 

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Kits to use - Alternative Synthverse, Clouds, Heat Wav

 

Line - Chopped - glittering walls of arpeggiated synthesis

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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

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Kits to use - Synthetic Tears, Vibrations, Escape Plan, Olympus Mons, Moonlight, Recurrent, Lucid Uke

 

Line: Modular Circuitry

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Kits to use: All Balanced,Beauty is Everywhere,Private Gallery

 

Line: Particles - the sounds of intergalactic exploration

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Kits to use: The Hive Mind, Weightlessness

 

Line: Vintage Synths - pulsing analog goodness

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Kit to use: Celestial Sphere

 

Drums

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

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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

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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.

About Eimear O Sullivan

Eimear Ann O Sullivan is a multi-genre music producer, audio engineer and vocalist. After receiving a Masters in Music Technology from the CIT Cork School of Music, she went on to operate as a producer under the name Blakkheart. Her releases have received critical acclaim from Ireland's biggest music publications, such as District Magazine and Nialler9, alongside receiving heavy commercial radio airplay. She currently works in Cork recording studio Flashpoint CC. Previous clients of hers include the likes of Comedy Central’s Dragony Aunt star Candy Warhol, rapper Darce and Outsider YP. (Photo credit @Fabian Boros)

Contact Eimear O Sullivan at eimear.o.sullivan@musicngear.com

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