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Workflow Techniques for Hard House w/ Amber DAmber covers a range of topics including production mentality, how to find your sound, how to use samples in a creative manner. Amber shows you how she approaches producing hard house music using FL Studio. This course is designed for both beginners and intermediate producers. You will learn: How to use sidechain for cleaner mixdowns How to mix kick and bass Tips to better organise your projects in FL Studio How to ‘find your sound’ How to use samples in FL Studio Creative techniques using reverb, filters and vocals The art of remixing a track The best mindset for music production Lessons: 1: Introduction Amber introduces herself as a hard dance and house DJ/producer, explaining her musical background and influences. 2: Track playthrough and Mindset Amber plays through her song and explains her mindset for producing hard dance music. Track playthrough Mindset when producing 3: Track deconstruction Amber begins to deconstruct one of her own hard dance tracks in FLStudio. She explains how she uses techniques such as sidechaining, EQ and layering, as well as offering tips on how to mix the kick and bass for a tight low end. Amber demonstrates how to use a filter envelope to modify a kick sample to taste. Kick Drum & Clap Mixing Kick & Bass Sidechaining using the LFO Tool 4: Organising Your Project Learn how the professionals organise their projects. Amber suggests tips and tricks to speed up your workflow in FLStudio. Organising your ideas Workflow advice 5: USING SAMPLES TO ‘FIND YOUR SOUND’ Amber shares her ideas on how to ‘find your sound’ as a music producer and how to get inspired to overcome writer’s block. She explains her approach to using samples and what the difference is between REX and WAV files. How to find ‘your sound’ How to use samples 6: How To Remix How you can use remixing to your benefit. Amber explains why reworking another artist’s track can help you with your own music production. She talks you through her remix of Dance Monkey, revealing several creative techniques she uses with reverb, filters and vocal acapellas. Track Playthrough Dance Monkey Remix Deconstruction 7: Live Q&A Amber answers questions on how to use FL Studio for music production. Questions include: what FX does she apply to her master channel, how to find the pitch of a kick sample and the best way to use samples. What FX does Amber apply to her master channel when in the creative stage? How to find the tone of a kick sample? What is the best way to make fast acid patterns? Transistor Bass How can you use ‘busy’ samples that have lots of elements playing at the same time?
Vocal House Production w/ Ian BlandIan Bland has over 30 years’ experience in music production, with hits across many different labels and under many different monikers, his biggest claim to fame being Dream Frequency and Dancing Divaz. He is smashing it today with releases on Todd Terry’s: InHouse and other big names, he also runs his own label: Maison Records. His lessons are full of next level techniques and tips to up your production game. Lesson: To get a balanced and powerful mix in any genre, each element needs to be processed correctly and have its own place. In this lesson Ian uses a mixture of third party plugins and stock Logic Pro FX to mix each element of a Vocal House track. It includes how to get an analog sound from digital equipment, mix classic key sounds and add depth to vocals. You will learn how to mix: Drums. Bass. Keys. Vocals. 1. Mixing Drums Ian shows you how to process your drums so that they sit well in the mix. He explains how to process the kick separately with Slate Digital Plugins and stock Logic Pro FX. Then he looks at the drums as a whole and uses Metric AB to compare them to a reference track that he knows works in the club. 2. Mixing Bass Mixing down your bass so that it is powerful but not overpowering and doesn’t clash with other elements in the mix. Ian uses third party plugins such as Nicky Romero’s: Kickstart and Logic Pro’s Utility and Overdrive. 3. Mixing Rhodes This chapter shows you how to mix one of the staples of Vocal House, Rhodes. Ian gives some of his best tips for writing chords, how to use Auto-Filter to slowly introduce keys, how to use FX such as ChromaVerb and Stereo Spread to add depth to your productions and more. 4. Mixing the Main Piano Processing your main keys so that they sound the best they can in your mix. Again, Ian uses a mixture of third party plugins and Logic stock FX. How to add character with VintageVerb from Valhalla, using Metric AB and Oxford EQ together and other powerful techniques. Mixing your vocals so that they shine in your mix. Ian shows how to add warmth with Virtual Mix Rack plugins, compression with Logic Pro’s stock compressor, stereo width with Stereo delay and other techniques. 6. Extensive Q and A Ian answers questions on mixing Vocal House and production techniques applicable to all genres. Questions include: alternative ways to add distortion to percussion, using sends and returns and templates in Logic Pro. What other distortions do you suggest for percussion? How do you get so many slots in your FX chain? Can you recommend any third party Tape Delays? Where do you use your Span plugin? Do you use a template? Would you put your reverb through Aux sends? What are your top tips for making the most of spare time and workflow? Do you use Ableton too? Do you use any Waves plugins? Who did the vocals in this track? Do you use Logic for recording vocals? Would you recommend Logic or Ableton for mixing down? What hardware do you use? Ian bland talks you through his approach to mixing Vocal House. He works through the main elements in typical vocal house productions: drums, keys and vocals.
Stepper Track Deconstruction w/ KreatureAlthough Ash Burgoyne - better known under his moniker Kreature - has retained his youthful appearance, he’s actually already a veteran in the dance scene, having been involved in music for over 15 years. From humble beginnings as a precocious bedroom DJ, by the time he turned 18, Ash had already secured a career in music, touring as a DJ around South Africa, Australia and Europe. Growing up, Ash had a broad and eclectic taste, listening to everything from jungle to garage to disco. His productions can be seen to reflect these diverse listening habits, spanning deep house, tech, minimal, techno, acid and down tempo electronica. Quickly earning the respect of his peers, Kreature has released across numerous labels such as Solid Grooves, Under No Illusion, Swerve Digital, Resonance Records and District 9. Kreature deconstructs his Tech House track ‘Stepper’, which was and produced in Ableton Live and released on Solid Grooves. In this masterclass, he reveals plenty of production tips and techniques that you can implement to make your own productions sound more refined and professional. You will learn: How to create a minimal / tech house track like a pro How to create your own kicks How to shape kicks for better mixing How to synthesise your own bass sounds How to use transient shapers like Smackattack Layering techniques and tips How to use Ableton Live’s groove pool How to build percussive layers Sound design techniques EQing best practices (subtractive, mid side etc.) Introduction Tech House producer Kreature introduces himself, his track ‘Stepper’ and explains how he plans to break down each element so you can see exactly how he created his tech house groover. Kick How to synthesise your own kick. Kreature discusses different ways of creating kick drums, either through synthesis or layering. Learn how to sculpt a kick drum using Punchbox, or blending different kick samples on top of each other. Kreature shows you how to tune and EQ kicks so that the low frequencies of your tracks work in harmony. How to create bass sounds for tech house. Kreature analyses his bass sounds and offers insight into the techniques he applies in order to achieve a solid low end. You will learn tips related to EQ, sidechaining, transient shapers, useful bass plugins and layering that will help you to create big, clean, powerful bass yourself. Building Drums 1 Having finished creating the bass and kick, Kreature shows you how he creates the percussive layers’. Ash deconstructs the individual drum parts, the processing applied to each element, how he uses return tracks, and how to add swing using Ableton Live’s groove pool. Plugins used include the saturator, MetaFlanger, Decapitator and Abbey Road Reverb. Building Drums 2 Part 2 of building the drum section of Kreature’s tech house track ‘Stepper’. Ash explains how he creates the top layer of his percussion, modifying and shaping them sonically to taste by using Smackattack transient shaper. He goes into greater detail how he uses percussive samples and the additional plugins (e.g FilterFreak) he uses to enhance their sound. Drum Processing A more in depth look at the processing applied to the drum elements of ‘Stepper’. Plugins discussed include Soundtoys Decapitator, Glue Compressor, FabFilter EQ, Autofilter, Ableton’s EQ 8. Ash also answers questions related to mixing, making drums sounds glue together and how to use mid side EQ. Pads, FX & Vocals Ash examines the final parts of his track ‘Stepper’. Kreature shows you how he created his pads and noise FX, what vocal processing he applies, and how to synthesise one of his additional bass sounds.
The Art of Mixing & Mastering w/ Richard EarnshawRichard Earnshaw has done it all: for over 20 years he has been a songwriter, music producer, sound engineer and mastering engineer. The classically trained pianist is also the co-founder of Duffnote, Guess Records and One51 labels. For decades the soulful house maestro has been prolific, releasing on esteemed labels such as DEFECTED, Soulfuric, Ministry of Sound, Sony Music, Hed Kandi and Peppermint Jam. Richard has gained vast experience working with the very best in the industry, collaborating with the likes of Jocelyn Brown, Roy Ayres and Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, whilst being commissioned to remix disco heavyweights Dave Lee (formerly Joey Negro), Miguel Migs, Rasmus Faber and Martin Solveig. Richard’s productions tastefully draw upon elements of jazz and disco, resulting in a spectacular, chart-topping record more often than not! Richard shares valuable tips on mixdown techniques, mastering techniques and looks at his go-to plugins to carry out mixdowns. In this workshop, you will learn: Mixdown techniques Mastering techniques How to create space in the mix What are the best plugins to use when mixing and mastering What hardware the pros use How to make your tracks sound loud Why it is important to know the limitations of your studio monitors Whether you should use external mastering sites such as LANDR Chapter 1: Introduction Richard introduces himself and the track he will be using to explain his mixing and mastering techniques. Chapter 2: Mixing Techniques Techniques for mixing a track. Richard shares his favourite plugins, how he uses EQ and suggests tips for creating space in the mix. You will learn how to process samples in order to achieve a well balanced mixdown. Chapter 3: Mastering A Track Richard discusses hardware and the art of mastering a track in Pro Tools, however the techniques he discusses are applicable to any DAW. Chapter 4: Q&A Richard answers questions on mixing and mastering. Questions include: Techniques for filling out the mid-range frequency, what headphones would he recommend, how to use stereo frequency analysers to assist your mixing decision making, how much compression to apply, and what FX to apply when mastering. What is your chain of plugins used on the drum bus chain? When bouncing down for premaster do you pull down the master fader? Or mixing down to -6db? Do you route to a mixbus premaster? Are you using the same presets for the master on each track? With compression in general, do you have any guidelines on what to do? And do you EQ after compression? Is mastering just making the volume loud? Do you run synths or drum sounds through pre-amps to beef up their sounds? What are your views on using sites such as LANDR for mastering? Do you really need to use a summing mixer? What other DAW (besides Ableton) would you recommend for a Windows user?
House Music Masterclass w/ Eddie Amador“Not everyone understands house music”...but Eddie Amador certainly does. After writing those now famous lyrics for his seminal anthem ‘House Music’ back in 1997, Eddie cemented his place as a legendary figure within the House music scene. His ability to create unforgettable House Music anthems - filled with deep, hypnotic grooves and soulful, moving lyrics - mean that his productions have been played countless times by the world’s best DJs, including the likes of: Carl Cox, Frankie Knuckles, Roger Sanchez, Pete Tong, Danny Tenaglia. He has also completed remixes for the biggest names in the industry, such as Madonna, Donna Summer, Jason Derulo and Michael Bublé, receiving a Grammy Nomination for ‘Remixer Of The Year’ in 2015. In this course he shares some of his vast knowledge he has accumulated over the years, offering production tips and techniques he uses to create a professionally sounding House music track. Lesson: Eddie Amador shares his best practices for writing house music in Ableton. Looking into layering sounds and the importance of vocals, he dives into the house music fundamentals from start to finish. You will learn how to: Use Ableton Live’s stock plugins Layer sounds Why you should use sample packs Arrange and structure a House music track Use vocals to create killer hooks Why you don’t need fancy studio equipment Use tension and release Chapter 1: Introduction Eddie introduces himself and discusses how he approaches building a House music track. He explains what is important when structuring a track, why he uses samples and why he thinks vocals are essential in House music. Chapter 2: Track Deconstruction Eddie deconstructs one of his songs, explaining how he arranges a House music track, beginning with the intro, then building this up with layers. He shows us how he uses sample libraries and creates tension in the build up to the drop. Chapter 3: Q&A Eddie answers questions on House music production in Ableton Live. Questions include: how to apply compression & EQ to process vocals, how to layer sounds, build tension, whether to use external VSTs or stock plugins and how he applies automation... AUTOMATION Qs What automation does Eddie use in his build ups? Why does Eddie use automation in linear steps (Either turned on or off)? Do you ever automate the gain on utility rather than automating the track’s volume? And is there an advantage to doing this? Processing vocals - how do you apply FX to vocals? How does Eddie create his killer vocal hooks and know what makes a killer hook? If you don’t have access to a vocalist, what would you recommend if you want to work with vocals? ARRANGEMENT Qs Key tips on how to arrange a track… How do you create tension in a buildup? What advice can you give for layering sounds? How many strings & synths would you use?
Live Drums & Samples w/ Rhiannon MairRhiannon Mair is a producer, engineer and songwriter championed by Music Tech Magazine as one of the ‘UK’s rising stars of production’. She has worked with artists including Martha Hill, Charlotte Clark, Laura Marling, Bryde, Emma McGrath and LUNA with her work receiving national radio playlisting and multiple Spotify New Music Friday placements. Following her nominations for Breakthrough Engineer and Breakthrough Producer of the year at the 2019 MPG Awards, Rhiannon was voted onto the Board of Directors for the Music Producers Guild and currently stands as an Executive director. As a songwriter, Rhiannon has co-written with artists, as well as writing for brand clients such as Netflix, Sky and STARZ Play. Lesson: Songwriter and music producer Rhiannon Mair shares her knowledge on working with drums and making them sound professional. Using a track recorded at Universal Publishing Studio’s on Pro-Tools, she shows us how she treats her drum channels and what her go to plugins are. You will learn: The mics she used for this track for each drum Various plug in chains using Waves Q10, Brainworx BX Hybrid, UAD Little Labs, Sonnox Oxford Dynamics and Steven Slate Trigger to treat the drums. Triggering MIDI samples from a live drum channel Working with boxy sounding rooms and how to counter this. Bussing and working with auxiliary channels for full drum kits. Stereo image for a live drum kit. Chapter 1: Microphones for Drums Chapter 2 - Kick Drums Rhiannon discusses her go-to plugins when it comes to treating Kick drums, as well as miking techniques to get the best sound possible. She also shares valuable tips on working with kicks of different frequencies and layering them. Chapter 3 - Snares Rhiannon shares her tips on recording the right snare, and getting it right in the studio. She then shares her methods of treating snare drums to achieve clarity and snapiness in the mix. Rhiannon mentions the gate is used to capture the loudest part of the sound, while removing everything else. Filters would roll off frequencies that are needed for the sound. Layering snares Chapter 4: Working with room mics Rhiannon mentions the room she recorded in was small which led to the overhead mics sounding ‘boxy’. She shares valuable information on working her mixing chain and how to deal with issues from the recording stage. Chapter 5 - Toms Using triggers and processing functions to achieve a desirable tom sound. Rhiannon shares creative techniques to make drums sound punchy. She talks about troubleshooting midi sampled drums vs live drums to make them sit in time, using trigger functions and specialist plugins - Massey DRT. Chapter 7: Bussing and working with auxiliary sends. Rhiannon shares her plugin chain for her bus channels that all the drums are sent to. This helps the drums stand out in the mix and can sound more polished, punchy and warm.
Music Theory Hacks w/ SaytekWith global recognition for his live modular shows and releases on Carl Cox and Christopher Coe’s Awesome Soundwave label, Saytek is definitely someone whose advice is worth listening to and his lessons are always easy to understand and inspiring. Lesson: In this lesson Saytek reveals some music theory hacks to improve your music production in Ableton Live. He will teach you music theory hacks to help your workflow and ensure that you write functional harmonies and melodies. He will offer production tips and explain how you can choose the right chord to evoke emotion, create and release tension and much more. You will learn: Theory Hacks for how to write major chords Theory Hacks for how to write minor chords Theory Hacks to ensure you stay in key What are the different types of chords When you should use each type of chord How to use Ableton Live’s chord and scale plugins 1 - Major & Minor Scale Hacks: Saytek explains why music theory is important, how it can help your music production and shares helpful tools such as KeyDetect that can aid you. He will teach you a clever shortcut for working out which notes belong in any diatonic major or minor scale. You will learn how to apply a pattern in the sequence of intervals between the notes of a major/minor scale, and how to then transpose these notes to different keys. 2: Working In Key How to ensure that you work within key. Saytek will show you how to apply the technique we learnt in the previous section to only compose in the key you are working in. He will also teach you the different types of chords such as the major, minor, diminished, major seventh and minor seventh. 3: Creating Moods With Different Types Of Chords Find out why certain chord patterns evoke emotion and mood and learn how to resolve a sequence of chords that feel unfinished. Saytek also shares some tips for how to use inversions and build tension in a breakdown. 4: Music Theory Hacks: Q&A Saytek answers questions about music theory. Why is there a sharp in the scale spacing example you showed us? What transition of notes or scales would you suggest for melodic flow to create energy on the dancefloor? Can you use major and minor chords in the same key? And can you develop from one key to another and then resolve back to the original key? Can I hack my keyboard to only play chords in a particular key? Is there a plugin that can do this for me? What’s the formula for working out the relative key? Is Saytek going to cover his Ableton Live rig integration in a future course? Can you share a hack for a groovy bassline structure in relation to scale and key?
Creating Edits, Bootlegs & Mashups w/ Rob TisseraRob Tissera is one of dance music's most prolific stars. A top-selling producer and versatile dj whose technical brilliance and effervescent sets have seen him pack out parties across the globe. Tissera's experience and ability to thrill audiences playing any genre is something only a handful of DJ can match. Famed for his hi-energy hard trance and hard house sets he's also rocked audiences playing dirty funk, uplifting house or big room trance. Rob starts an edit from scratch, using the famous At Night vocal, he demonstrates how he would start an edit and finish it fully. Merging several tracks (in key) to make one uniform ‘Edit’. In this lesson you will learn: How to choose the right samples Getting a sample in time (Warping) Arranging a track Creating builds and tension Editing a vocal Chapter 1: Setting up and choosing samples Using Ableton’s Warp function, Rob explains how to check timings with your start and end point and warp to your BPM. He shows us how to find the key of the track using Mixed In Key and how to find vocal samples to fit that key. Chapter 2: How to time a vocal Rob shows us his process on finding acapella samples. Using sites like Acapella 4 U and Vocal It. He dives into the Warp function on Ableton and shares insightful tips on how to get the vocal sample in time with the groove. Chapter 3: Arranging the track & adding in sounds. Working in 16 and 8 bar phrases, Rob explains how he would arrange the track to lead up to the vocal sample. He goes through his process of finding sounds to fit, keeping them in time and applying effects. Chapter 4: Creating Builds and Impact Rob shows us how to create build ups using kick rolls, uplifters and impacts on the break. He arranges crashes every 8 bars to keep the track moving. Chapter 5: Arranging the acapella Rob demonstrates what to do when the acapella isn’t fully uniform with the track. Making critical decisions to make sure the track flows well. Chapter 6: Making the breakdown more powerful Using snare rolls built in the Chapter 4, Rob demos how he would make a breakdown hit harder and create more tension and release.
House & Techno Chord Stabs w/ SaytekWith global recognition for his live modular shows and releases on Carl Cox and Christopher Coe’s Awesome Soundwave label, Saytek is definitely someone whose advice is worth listening to and his lessons are always easy to understand and inspiring. Saytek dives into the essence of grooving house and techno - Chord Stabs. In a detailed lesson on how you can create your own, get creative with samples and polyrhythms to create moving music. You will learn: Polyrhythm chords How to make chord stabs Fixed Interval Chords Using various sounds as chord stabs Chapter 1: Intro to Chord Stabs Saytek explains how chord stabs have been around dance music since it’s birth. Heard a lot in house, techno, dub techno and many other sub genres. Chapter 2: Making chords Starting with a simple triad chord, Saytek explains how he would make interesting chords from scratch and ways to automate and process it. Chapter 3: Fixed Interval Chords By resampling, Saytek shows us how to make a Fixed Interval Chord. Starting off with a grand piano in G Minor, by freezing the track you can make fixed interval chords. Chapter 4: Getting creative with sounds Saytek makes this track more ravey by using a horn sound added into the melody. He explains how to treat and process it to fit with the tune.
Mixing Down a Track using Slate Digital Plugins w/ Ian BlandIan Bland has been a Professional Dance Music Producer for over 28 years, during this time he has successfully produced tracks under various names including Dream Frequency, Dancing Divaz, Quake, Dejure and currently Dancing Divaz and Blandy. His work is varied and includes music used in T.V commercials and film sound tracks. He is the owner of cutting edge House Label MAISON RECORDS Ian makes a track specifically for this lesson, he shows us his way of working with Slate Digital plug-ins to mix a track fully. Using some Logic Pro stock plugins, he dives deep into the world of mixing and shows us how powerful these plugins can be. You will learn: Various Slate Digital Plugins Mixing A Kick Mixing Top Drums Mixing Bass Mixing Melodic Instruments Mixing A Vocal Master Channel Chapter 1: Introduction to Slate Ian introduces the Slate plug-ins, showing us the various types of plugins they make and what the different types do. Chapter 2: Mixing a kick Mixing a kick using Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack. Ian demonstrates the power of the virtual mix rack and what processes he would apply to a kick drum. He illustrates the importance of referencing your mix against another well mixed track. Chapter 3: Mixing top drums Ian describes the processes involved in mixing top drums, looking at stereo width, EQing, compression and more, he applies the techniques for getting top drums to sound tight in the mix. Chapter 4: Mixing Bass Mixing low end with the Slate Virtual Mix Rack, Ian makes the bass sit nicely on the mix and describes how to do it. Discussing auxiliary send channels and sending a bass to a reverb send channel. Chapter 5: Mixing melodic instruments (Rhodes, Piano, Strings and Guitar) Ian creates his rhode sounds using Logic’s E-Piano. He then mixes it using a combination of the mix rack, Logic Autofilter and Valhalla Reverb. He discusses sidechaining melodic instruments and goes on to mix the pianos, strings and guitar in the track. Chapter 6: Mixing a Vocal Ian touches on the warmth of tape machine plugins, using Slate Digital Tape Machine, he mixes his vocal to sit nicely on the track. Chapter 7: Master Channel Ian demonstrates his structure on his master channel, going through various plugins and what they do to enhance the mix.
Building a Track in Key w/ Estelle RubioEstelle Rubio is a producer, remixer and singer/songwriter. Her style spans electronic genres such as House, Latin (from her roots) + Chill-Out with releases on labels Atlantic Jaxx, Saifam, Looper, Curve and Lounge Masters. As an artist she has performed at London's 02, Carfest Festival, Atzaro Ibiza, Cuckoo Club, Green Meadows festival and Fashion Week Shows blending Bossa Beats and Latin House grooves with loop pedals, guitars and synths. Using Logic Pro X, Estelle shows us how to set a project in key, sample in key and how to go about this with little music theory knowledge. She builds a track from scratch and dives into arrangement and adding energy to your music. You will learn: Working in key Building a track Adding harmonic energy to a track Chapter 1: Working in Key Working in G Minor, Estelle demonstrates how to set the key of your track, sample audio in key and effective workarounds for when you don’t know advanced music theory. Chapter 2: Building your track Estelle shows us how to tune drums, her processes for arranging a track, and adding in additional sounds to emphasise the existing parts. Chapter 3: Adding harmonic energy to tracks Using Drum Machine Designer, Estelle breaks down the importance of harmonic energy in tracks, focussing on how to build them up and add drum rolls to builds.
Creating Melodies with Scale, Chords & Arpeggiators w/ KreatureAlthough Ash Burgoyne - better known under his moniker Kreature - has retained his youthful appearance, he’s actually already a veteran in the dance scene, having been involved in music for over 15 years. From humble beginnings as a precocious bedroom DJ, by the time he turned 18, Ash had already secured a career in music, touring as a DJ around South Africa, Australia and Europe. Growing up, Ash had a broad and eclectic taste, listening to everything from jungle to garage to disco. His productions can be seen to reflect these diverse listening habits, spanning deep house, tech, minimal, techno, acid and down tempo electronica. Quickly earning the respect of his peers, Kreature has released across numerous labels such as Solid Grooves, Under No Illusion, Swerve Digital, Resonance Records and District 9. Lesson: Kreature breaks down 2 of his tracks and shows us the importance of working in key. Using software tools to help with the theory knowledge, he explains how you can easily write music within a scale. You will learn: Writing music in key Using Arpeggiators Chord Progressions Bass Arpeggiation Changing scales within the track Chapter 1: Scales Highlighting the importance of setting a key before you start a track, Kreature demonstrates the theory behind different scales and moods they set. Chapter 2: Arpeggiators Creating arpeggios within your scale, Kreature shows us how to set up an arp to play with a chord. Chapter 3: Working with Chords and Keys Kreature explains how to take key information from samples you like and implement them into your track, he touches on quantization and using the Chord feature on Ableton. Chapter 4: Working with different styles of music Kreature shows us how to implement these scale strategies in various types of music, he makes a chord arpeggiation using Arturia Mini V3.
All Things Vocal w/ Marcella PuppiniHailing from Bologna, Marcella Puppini is a jazz vocalist, vocal mentor, songwriter and electronic music producer. Her interest in music began when she was just 5, learning to play the piano. By the time she finished school, she had moved to London and was working at Vivienne Westwood Studios. However, whilst working at Westwood Studios, Marcella performed concomitantly as a singer in nightclubs all over the capital. After graduating in Jazz Performance and Composition from the renowned Trinity College Of Music, Marcella formed a band called The Puppini Sisters. The three-piece group attained a Gold disc in the UK with their debut album, Betcha Bottom Dollar. The trio have since gone on to collaborate with superstars Michael Buble and Cyndi Lauper, as well as featuring on multiple TV shows as both performers and composers. Marcella Puppini shares her knowledge in relation to music producers working with vocals. In this lesson Marcella discusses everything there is to know for music producers working with vocals, sharing insights she has learnt over the years that will help anyone who enjoys using vocals in their productions. You will learn: How to find a vocalist Where to source acapellas Techniques to become inspired, beat writer’s block and write your own lyrics How to use acapellas How to fit acapellas to your track Tips for recording in vocals and harmonies Marcella introduces herself, outlining the music production and vocal topics she will cover with you during this lesson. How To Find Vocals Learn how to find vocals for your music productions. Marcella explains how you can source a vocalist or an acapella. Discover what some of the potential problems producers typically face when working with vocals, such as: fee negotiations, publishing rights and legal issues associated with royalties. How To Use Acapellas Learn how to use acapellas. Discover how you can utilise acapellas as musical inspiration and a foundation for you to build a track around. Marcella demonstrates how to: warp and synchronise vocals, export them to your project, and suggests ways to combine them with other elements of your track. Writing Lyrics How to write vocals. Marcella shares a technique to overcome writer's block and become inspired when writing your own lyrics. She then demonstrates live how to record your own vocals and harmonies into a DAW. All Things Vocal - Q&A Marcella answers your questions on using vocals. Questions include, how do you know which notes will work as a harmony, does the producer specify the tempo at which a vocalist will record an acapella, and how much auto tune can I use to change a vocal.
Ableton Push 2 Masterclass w/ Simon LyonSimon Lyon is an Ableton Certified Trainer. Simon has been a Live user since 2004 with a focus on the integration of technology into live performances with bands and instruments. Working with a variety of Manchester based acts, he has remixed, produced and co–written with members of Inspiral Carpets, Julie Gordon (Happy Mondays) and MC Tonn Piper (Rusko, Roni Size) as well as contestants from The Voice and The X Factor. He has helped bands take the studio to the stage using Live, including Manchester-based Bipolar Sunshine (Polydor). Simon goes through his Push 2 set up and shares valuable information on how to it incorporates with Ableton Live seamlessly. In this lesson you will learn: How to set up and load sounds in a Push 2 Adding drum tracks and saving/editing patterns Drawing or playing bass notes Recording automation Warping and slicing audio samples Chapter 1: Intro to the Push The Push 2 is basically Ableton software put into a hardware controller, Simon shows us how to load in sounds, set your scales and capture notes. Chapter 2: Working with Drums Simon demonstrates how to add a new drum track and browse through drum packs, tips on easy quantization, editing patterns and organising the hits with colour. Chapter 3: Drawing in bass notes Simon shows us how to browse through bass sounds, record notes and overdub. Chapter 4: Variations, Automation and Scales Simon explains how to automate in the Push 2. He then explains how to easily work in key and how to design sounds using Wavetable.
How To Use Ableton & Logic To Make a Track w/ Roger SanchezRoger Sanchez, a Grammy winning producer and four-time DJ Awards winner for ‘Best House DJ’ has proven himself to be one of dance music’s most prolific and successful artists. Whether it is performing under his underground dark house persona ‘S-man’ or the more pop-orientated Roger Sanchez, his performances and productions have always been met with acclaim. Recognised as one of the industry’s hardest working figures, records such as ‘Another Chance’ have rewarded him with commercial success and elevated his status to a global level. In addition to DJing and producing, Roger runs Stealth Records and UNDR the RADR. Lesson: In this lesson Roger shows you how he uses Ableton Live during the creative stage of music production: laying down his initial ideas, chopping up samples and layering them to create new grooves. Then, he shows us how to export the project files in Ableton Live as STEMS to Logic Pro for the next stage of production, however, these concepts can be applied to any DAWs. He also discusses some of his favourite plugins when working with vocals and basslines, how to creatively use samples and offers advice on clearing samples. You will learn: How to creatively chop samples in Ableton Live Roger’s advice on how to legally clear samples How to render STEMS in Ableton Live How to export and load STEMS into Logic Pro How to rewire Ableton Live to Logic Pro What are Roger’s favourite third party plugins Chapter 2: Moving from Ableton Live to Logic Pro How to render Ableton Live project files into STEMS ready for exporting to Logic. These STEMS can then be opened up and processed within Logic. We see how Roger uses Logic for the sound design and mixing stages of production. He uses a blend of Logic stock FX and third party plugins such as Wave’s CLA vocal delay. Chapter 3: Refining sounds in Logic How to refine sounds and best practices when using plugins. Roger shows us how he uses Logic to program bass and synths using plugins such as the Ultra Analog, and advises how to prevent CPU intensive plugins overloading your laptop/desktop. Chapter 5: Q&A Roger answers questions on how to use Ableton Live and Logic Pro together for music production. Questions include: when to mixdown, what plugins to use on vocals, what hardware does Roger use, how to add groove and advice on using samples and clearing them. How much of a mixdown do you do before exporting stems? Vocal FX: Wave’s CLA vocal delay , RP-verb , Dubstation, Fusion Field How to arrange a track? Techniques to add groove How much time do you allocate to production? What is Roger’s go to plugin for creating basslines? Rob Papen: Sub Boom Bass SAMPLING How much sampling do you use? Licensing and using samples How to clear samples Slicing a sample to MIDI and changing the sound to comply with licensing Do you use drum plugins to create beats in MIDI or use samples? Ultra Analog VST HARDWARE Do you ever use DJ hardware for production purposes? RMX-1000 ; DJS-1000 What other hardware do you use? JUNO 106; SP1200; AKAI LPK-25 ; Apollo Twin BONUS How does Roger get his beard looking so symmetrical?
Creative Techniques For Dance Floor Working Tracks w/ Carl BeeJust over 10 years ago, little known DJ & Producer Carl Bee launched the ‘Bee Expedition’ - a weekly radio show and iTunes podcast - along with a new monthly party called ‘Gringos’ at Malta’s famous open air venue ‘Uno Village’. Possessing a diverse sonic palette, each week Carl would seamlessly support the likes of Green Velvet, Dubfire, Nic Fanciulli, The Martinez Brothers, Roger Sanchez and Eats Everything with his blend of deep house, minimal, melodic house, tech-house and techno. He rapidly gained the respect of his illustrious guests, and it wasn’t long before Carl had records signed to Carl Cox’s prestigious label ‘Intec’. Since then he has gained support for his tracks from techno titans Adam Beyer, Carl Cox and Joseph Capriati. However, not one to be limited to a single genre, Carl has established himself as a talented tech-house producer too, breaking into Beatport’s Top 20 Tech House Chart and receiving plenty of airtime on BBC Radio 1 from Danny Howard, Pete Tong and Annie Mac. In this lesson Carl Bee shares some of his creative techniques for producing a professionally sounding dance track. Heexplains some creative techniques he uses when using samples and loops, including how to resample your own sounds. He only uses Logic Pro’s stock plugins to demonstrate his creative techniques, however these processes can be applied to any DAW. You will learn: Creative techniques for working with samples using Logic Pro’s stock plugins How to be creative resampling your own sounds in both Logic Pro and Ableton Live How to create effects and powerful buildups Arrangement tips to make a dance track more interesting Chapter 1: Introduction Carl introduces himself and outlines what he will be teaching you in this lesson using Logic Pro. He will be running through one of his melodic techno productions in order to show you what creative techniques he uses when creating a dance track. Chapter 2: Creating Your Own Loops From Sample Packs How to use samples to make your own loops. Carl explains how he extracts sounds in sample packs from online libraries such as Splice, and creates new loops using Logic Pro’s stock plugin sampler - the EXS24. You will learn how Carl then processes these samples, using a ghost kick and compressor to apply sidechaining. Carl will also teach you how to creatively manipulate the ES M and arpeggiator stock plugins to create basslines. Chapter 3: Creative Resampling How to resample sounds from your own previous productions using auxiliary channels. Carl uses Logic Pro’s in the box plugins such as the Tape Delay, Spacedesigner and Pedalboard to create build FX and loops. Chapter 4: Creative Techniques For Percussion How to add movement to your drum sounds. Learn how Carl Lee uses the ES P plugin to generate white noise and synthesise this noise into an uplifter and hi hat sound. Using the Alchemy plugin as a sampler, Carl explains how he creates a melody for a melodic techno track. Chapter 5: Q & A Carl Bee answers your production questions on the creative techniques he uses to produce high quality dance tracks. Questions include: how to EQ your kick and bass correctly, what format should I send demo tracks to labels, and how to resample in Ableton Live 10? Is there something similar to the ES M plugin in Ableton? What frequencies did you EQ to create your bassline? How to EQ your kick and bass? What is your process when creating your music? What elements of a track do you put in mono to help create space? Have you ever spent 2-5 days on a track, then woken up and hated it? How to resample using Ableton Live 10? Do labels prefer you to send demos unmastered? In what format should I send a demo track to a label?
Making A Track w/ Davina MossHaving previously spent 16 years producing psytrance, Davina Moss rose to wider prominence in the underground scene when she switched to producing Electronic/Tech music. A highly accomplished producer and remixer, she has had notable success regularly releasing on Jamie Jones’ Hot Creations and Hot Trax labels, however, her productions are also featured on the likes of ViVa Music, Do Not Sleep and Pacha Records. The French native has now moved to Ibiza, and can be regularly seen powering out alluring, emotive, groove-laden Tech House around the White Isle’s superclubs: DC10, Zoo and Pacha. In this lesson Davina Moss reveals how she approaches music production and making a track from scratch. Davina uses Logic Pro to show you how to build a Tech House track having started from nothing, using only Logic’s stock sounds and plugins. The course is suitable for beginners as Davina will start from the beginning and create the foundations of a tech house track. However, there are plenty of tips in this session for intermediate producers to benefit from too. You will learn: How to build a house track from scratch in Logic using only stock sounds and plugins How to EQ percussion How to tune your kick and drums How to EQ bass How to sidechain to mix kick and bass cleanly How to write groovy basslines How to add swing How to import and process loops Whether there is a best DAW to produce on... Building The Basics How to build a house track from scratch. Davina begins with the basics: setting the tempo, adding a kick drum and a simple bassline. Adding Percussion How to create the drums for a house track in Logic Pro. Davina reveals how she builds up her percussion, ensuring that each drum hit is tuned correctly. She teaches you how to save a channel strip of plugin FX that can be used later to beef up your percussion. Working With Samples How to import samples and audio files into Logic. Davina shows you how to load into Logic sounds from outside the core library, explaining how to trim kick samples. Sound design Learn sound design techniques such as EQ to shape drums and bass to taste. Davina shows you how to mix the kick and bass more cleanly using a compressor for sidechaining. You will see how using an arpeggiator can add groove to a bassline. Building Upon The Basics How to develop your track by adding in percussion loops. Davina explains how to use imported loops, ensuring that they are warped to the correct speed/tempo. She will show you best practices for EQing drum samples and how to add swing to your percussion and bass. Q&A Davina answers your questions on using Logic Pro to build a house track from scratch. Questions include how to ensure your kick and bass are working in key, what genres she enjoys producing and whether there is one DAW that is better than the others. What tips and advice do you have for working in key and writing a bassline? What sort of genres do you enjoy producing? And which genres do you want to learn? Is there an Ableton Live alternative to drummer? Why do you rewire Ableton Live into your Logic Pro? Is there a difference between Ableton Live, Logic Pro and Cubase? Which DAW should I use...is one better than the other?
How To Approach a Remix w/ Annie ErrezAnnie Errez has been a DJ for well over 15 years, first gaining plaudits as a resident at Leeds’ famous Mint Club from 2008 until it closed down in 2019. Since being established as Mint’s go to warm up DJ, she has since played at nightclubs all over Europe. Formerly rated as one of the 100 most underrated DJs by FACT Magazine, Annie's dedication, graft and expertise means she is now a highly respected member within the electronic dance scene. Music production was a natural progression for Annie, and years of accumulating a deep and diverse record bag have helped her shape her own signature sound, resulting in a blend of deep, dark, tech and minimal house. In this lesson Annie will offer advice and her insight for how to remix another artist’s work. She discusses the different stylistic approaches a producer can take when remixing, important things you need to be aware of when remixing, and offers ideas into how you can put your own spin on someone else’s track by deconstructing a remix she has been working on herself. You will learn: The art of remixing...what is it? How to get the chance to remix a track The different ways to approach remixing music How to remix a track (guided walkthrough) Music production techniques to apply when reworking another artist’s track Tips for a successful remix The Art of Remixing How to remix a track... Annie begins by giving an overview of what is a remix, how to find a track to remix, what you should expect to receive in order to reproduce someone’s song. Annie also shares plenty of tips and advice that will make your remixing process much smoother. Original vs. Remix Analysing the original piece of music to understand how to approach remixing a track. Annie plays through the track from which her remix is based upon, and compares this with her reproduction. Remix Walkthrough Annie now deconstructs a remix she is currently working on to show you how she would tackle a remix whilst putting her own sonic signature on the original. She breaks down the bass, pads, textures and vocals and explains how she has reworked each element for her remix. Q&A Part 1 Annie answers questions on the best way to approach remixing another artist’s work. Questions include: is it normal for my remix sound appealing during the loop but not the arrangement stage, how to change the key of a vocal sample, and how long does a remix take to complete... Production Tips & Techniques Useful music production techniques when working on a remix. Annie discusses layering percussive sounds, adding stereo width, using panning to create space in the mix, and how to blend two kick samples to create fatter and punchier kicks. Q&A Part 2 Annie answers questions on how she approaches completing a remix. Questions include: should layered kicks be the same pitch, what type of headphones and monitors does Annie produce on, and whether she utilises the Haas effect.
Automation... (You're in control) w/ Estelle RubioEstelle Rubio is a DJ, producer, remixer and singer/songwriter. She is Apple’s only European female tech presenter, and will regularly demo Logic and software products for the company. As a music composer, her works have been published on Sky and ITV, whilst a collaboration with Basement Jaxx saw her playing at Glitterbox / Hi Ibiza. In the world of dance music, her production credits are no less impressive, with EDM, Latin and House releases on a multitude of well respected labels, including Atlantic Jaxx, Saifam, Frontman and Looper. She is also currently part of the rapidly growing B-side Project Remix Competition, presiding as a judge alongside La Roux, Clean Bandit and Roni Size. Estelle Rubio discusses automation and shares some advanced techniques for applying automation to an electronic dance track. You will learn: How to use automation in the DAW ‘Logic’ What is the difference between touch, latch, write and draw automation Which automation mode to use and when Creative ways of applying automation How the pros use automation with guided examples How to create bigger build ups and better breakdowns How much automation to use in a dance track introduction DJ, Producer and Logic tutor Estelle Rubio introduces herself and outlines the topics she will be covering in her lesson about using automation in the context of a dance track. Touch Mode Using touch mode to automate customisable parameters in a DAW. Estelle begins with the most commonly used automation mode - ‘touch automation’ - and demonstrates how to use it to automatically modify components with Logic, such as an instrument’s cutoff or oscillator. She shows you how to set up key commands in Logic to speed up your workflow. Applying Automation To A Track How to use automation in breakdowns and build ups. Estelle teaches you how to link up analog hardware to control automation manually. She suggests tips for using automation to create bigger builds and create atmospheric breakdowns. Which Mode Should I Use? Learn which mode of automation to use and when to apply each mode. Estelle explains how and when to use Logic Pro’s touch, latch, draw and write modes of automation. Ideas For Using Automation Learn how a professional music producer applies automation in the context of a dance track. Estelle shares creative ways of using automation and demonstrates how she automates bass and vocals. Guided Demonstration Estelle provides a guided walkthrough of how to apply automation to a dance track. She discusses how much automation to apply and explains the difference between regional and track automation. Q&A Estelle Rubio answers your questions on using automation in a DAW. Questions include what are the best practices when using automation, how much is too much automation, and how much automation does she tend to apply to her tracks.
The Art of Ambient & Downtempo w/ Liz CirelliLiz's unique & distinctive sound can be best described as a blend of electronica, downtempo, dream pop & contemporary classical. In addition to being a music artist, she is also a composer, music producer, mixing & mastering engineer - and creative coach. Lesson: Liz shares her creative ideas on how to broaden your horizons in the musical spheres, focussing on Ambient and Downtempo music. Encouraging a unique approach when it comes to sampling. Stating that there’s nothing wrong with using samples, as long as you apply a creative touch to them.Using Ableton, pre-recorded samples, preset sounds and drum banks, she shows us a few of her tips and tricks In this lesson you will learn: Sampling techniques and converting audio to midi Adding glitch effects to drums Treating low end (bass) in a mix and ways to make it more prominent Creating space and textures in a mix using reverb, delay and send channels Automating filters Creative processes for Ambient music Chapter 1 - Sampling Techniques & Slicing samples to MIDI Liz shares her tips on sampling existing drum loops into Ableton by slicing them into MIDI. Each sample hit gets it’s own channel and organisation is crucial for an easy workflow. Chapter 2 - Creating Glitch Sounds Liz shares one of her most useful production tips on creating glitch like sounds from a drum loop. Using Effectrix and routing audio into the plug-in, she is able to create a world of unique sounds that feed off the original drum loop. Chapter 3 - Working with Bass. Liz highlights the importance of working in mono when it comes to low frequencies. It’s important to reference bass sounds on laptop speakers to make sure it is audible not only on studio monitors and headphones, but across all listening devices. Chapter 4 - Creating space in the mix and using filter Liz shares her tips on creating space in a mix by controlling the low end of various sounds. Anything that is under 200Hz can become muddy if too many sounds are in that frequency band. Chapter 5 - Lead Instruments and Send Channels Using a standard Ableton preset, Liz shows us how she manipulates the sound to make it her own and why send and return channels are so important. Dwelling on the importance of reverbs, delays and effects to create textures and interesting sounds to stock presets. Chapter 6: Ambience Liz shows us an Ambient version of the Downtempo track. Slower BPM (44) and shares her techniques into making an Ambient track. Stating that Ambient music is made for listening and more so in a relaxed state, so she takes off the low-end of the percussion and applies reverb in creative ways to make this happen.
Creating the Best Bass Sounds w/ Ian BlandWith over 25 years in the industry, as well as a feature on ‘Top of the Pops’ and having 4 tracks featured in cult classic: ‘Human Traffic’, Ian Bland has a catalogue of knowledge that spans the evolution of house music. He is the owner and label manager of Maison Records and completes freelance work under Blandystudio. Bland moves away from the stock plugins available in Logic to showcase some of his personal favourite synthesizers. From virtual models of bass guitars to cutting-edge keyboard synths, this course is a must for anyone wishing to expand their sound library. You will learn: MIDI Mapping with external plugins Making effective effect chains Arpeggiating a bassline Transforming the envelope of a sound Plus demonstrations from plugins: Rolandcloud: Juno 106 & SH-2 Arturia: Prophet Lennardigital: Sylenth IK Multimedia: MODO BASS Native Instruments: Kontakt Slate Digital: effects library UAD Teletronix LA-2A compressor Softube: RC24 reverb Nicky Romero: Kickstart sidechain compressor Rolandcloud: Juno 106 & various plugins The Juno-106 is a Rolandcloud plugin based on the 1984 hardware synth of the same name. Bland showcases the plugin in action with external effects to enhance the sound. Creating a sequenced bass Still using the Juno-106, Bland creates a bass sequence using an arpeggiator Arturia: Prophet The Arturia: Prophet was the first programmable synth available and it still holds up today in this expanded recreation. LennarDigital: Sylenth & Rolandcloud: SH-2 LennarDigital: Sylenth and Rolandcloud’s SH-2 are showcased. Bass guitar modelling synths Sometimes a track needs a more organic, groovy feel and a bass guitar modelling synth provides various smooth bass sounds that fit perfectly into house tracks. Bland shows off two of his favourites here.
How To Build Dubby Grooves & Rollers w/ Dexter KaneDespite being influenced by a wide range of genres, Dexter's music remains unique. Whilst you may not be able to pigeon-hole him, you'll almost definitely be able to recognise his distinct sound. Often deep; sometimes dark; distinctly analogue; ever maintaining a groove lead, dance-floor aesthetic. Dexter has signed tracks to the likes of Get Physical, Highgrade, Murmur and Fear of Flying, as well as being responsible for a solid stream of releases on his own label Shadow Sanctuary. A-list support has been frequent and gig requests have come from far afield. While his style lies rooted in London's clandestine basements and after-hours scene, Dexter is an astute and versatile DJ, capitalising on years of experience to read any manner of discerning dancefloor. Dexter explains how to create dubby grooves and rollers. Using creative sampling techniques, swing and slicing audio. In this lesson you will learn: Finding the key of a drum sample Sampling in key Creating groove Creative sampling Slicing audio to MIDI Working with melodic percussion Chapter 1: Working with a loop and finding the key of the track. Dexter starts with a garage style top loop, and shares his creative processes into making it his own. He shows us how to change a drum loop from an audio file to individual samples on MIDI, that works with Ableton Drum Rack, and how to determine the key of your track based on the initial drum loop. Chapter 2: Working with kick drums Dexter explains the importance of using only 1 voice for kick drums and general low end sounds to avoid getting the mix muddy. He then shows us ways to make kick drum patterns skip from a standard 4 4 beat to something more interesting and creating grooves. Chapter 3 - Adding in a bassline Dexter shows us how he would find a bassline to fit with the groove. He usually uses hardware to create warmer sounds but for this class he uses the Roland SH101 Plug-In. He mentions the importance of groove and swing in the drums and taking that into consideration when adding in a bassline. Chapter 4: Shakers and Drum Bus The importance of shakers for adding pace to the groove. Dexter creates his drum bus using plugins like Soundtoys Devil Loc and Ableton Drum Bus, keeping his kick out of the bus and monitoring levels on all channels. Chapter 5: Melodic Percussion Dexter focuses on melodic percussion especially for minimal music. Highlighting the importance of keeping it in key with your bassline. Working with Ableton’s groove pool to add swing to the sounds.
How to Approach a Remix w/ HuxleyDoing a remix for Seb Zito’s ‘2020’, Huxley shows us his approach when it comes to making a remix and making it your own. You will learn: Editing original sounds for your remix Finding the key of the track Arranging the track Making a bassline for your remix Chopping a vocal sample Structuring your workflow [tags] remix logic arranging sampling
Dark and Downtempo w/ Marcella PuppiniMarcella Puppini graduated in 2003 after completing a BMus (voice). She formed vocal harmony trio the Puppini Sisters with fellow Trinity Laban alumni Kate Mullins and Rosanna Shura (who was later replaced by Stephanie O’Brien and Emma Smith). The trio earned a gold disc for their debut album, Betcha Bottom Dollar, and have made numerous TV appearances, performed live all over the world, recorded three further albums and have collaborated with Michael Bublé. She gives a lesson on creating dark downtempo music using orchestral and opera samples, as well as recording her own voice onto the track, all using Logic Pro X. You will learn: Recording a bassline Layering orchestral samples Working with an opera vocal sample Flex Time in Logic Recording vocals Chapter 1: Introduction Marcella tells us about her love for Opera, in this lesson she will be using Opera samples to create a Downtempo track. Chapter 2: Building Basslines Using a square bass, Marcella creates a bassline in the key of the sample. She shares insight on how to create melodies with harmonic scales. Chapter 3: Layering Melodic Samples Using the horn section of the Opera sample shown in chapter 1, Marcella gets creative with implementing it into the Downtempo track. Chapter 4: Working with an Opera Vocal Sample Marcella explores various ways to get a vocal sample to work with the track. Looking at how to get the timing right using Logic Pro X Flex Time. Chapter 5: Recording Vocals Marcella shows us her capabilities when it comes to recording vocals unique to the track.
Podcast Creation in Ableton w/ Rob Tissera Rob Tissera is one of dance music's most prolific stars. A top-selling producer and versatile dj whose technical brilliance and effervescent sets have seen him pack out parties across the globe. Over the years he's played every big party. He's been a regular at Gatecrasher, The Gallery, Tidy Weekenders, Frantic, Slinky, Ministry of Sound, Sundissential, Hacienda, Pam's House, Wildchild, Hard House Academy, Union, Godskitchen, GoodGreef , Global Gathering, Creamfields and Homelands to name a few. His closing set at Tidy Summer Camp in 2004 and 2005 are frequently talked about sets of the Summer Camps Rob is also regular in Ibiza and has held residencies at Lashed, Sundissential and Garlands. In 2004 he graced the hallowed turntables of Radio One, not once, but twice - something only DJ elite ever get to do. The first time was with a converted Essential Mix and the second, a live mix from Radio One's Weekend in Ibiza. Creating a podcast for radio or online can be made easier with production and live performance softwares. Rob gives a lesson on how to create a podcast using jingles, voice-overs and mixing tracks in Ableton Live. You will learn: How to organise a podcast Compressing vocals to the track How to mix tracks in Ableton Chapter 1: Organising a Podcast Rob explains the importance of preparation when it comes to making a podcast. He explains how to use jingles with creative effects applied to them. Chapter 2: Vocals and Compression How to compress music and vocals properly for podcast use, ensuring they are fully audible and not fighting for space. Chapter 3: Mixing Tracks Using the warp and filter functions on Ableton or any similar software, Rob explains how to create live sounding mixes.
Advanced Drum & Bass Sound Design w/ HadleyHadley has an ear for music and with so many influences and genres in his playlists he is always trying to push the boundaries and create music that touches people and gives them a different feeling every track they listen to. Signed onto Rebel Music and a favourite on Ibiza Radio and more. Using Ableton Live, Hadley shows us the complex sound design he incorporates into his tracks. You will learn: Bass Sound Design Drum Design Treating Vocals Mastering Chain Sampling Drum Bussing Chapter 1: Bass Sound Design Hadley shows us the tracks he is going to break down and explain how he carried out sound design for the tracks. Chapter 2: Designing Drums Starting with a brief about Hadleys musical journey, he explains how he would go about designing drums for Drum and Bass. Chapter 3: Vocals & Ear Candy Using a House vocal from Calvin Harris, Hadley shows us how he would treat a vocal and manipulate it to fit in the Drum and Bass track. Chapter 4: Mastering Chain In the words of Hadley, “The key to drum and bass is smashing it”. For a genre that relies on hitting hard and being loud, Hadley explains how to get the track loud enough without distorting it, using plugins like Ozone 8 and Elsia EQ. Chapter 5: Experimenting with Layers Looking at a different track now, titled ‘Lonely’, Hadley explains how he challenged himself to use as many musical layers as possible to fill the track up. Chapter 6: Drum Bus Using a complicated sampling technique, Hadley shows us how he layers his drums and routes to a drum bus.
Making a Hard Dance Intro w/ Kenny HayesTrance producer hailing from Warrington, UK. Generally an in-house remixer for indie label All Around The World, Kenny has become quite the in-demand producer in recent times. Also remixing under guises such as Clubstar and Discode, Kenny has proved his talent doesn’t just lie in one specific genre. With 27 years of experience producing and DJing, Hard House and Bounce producer Kenny Hayes remixes one of his own tracks and shows us how he would build an intro for it, using Cubase. You will learn: Using Cubase Using EQ and effects Creating arps/sequencers Creating a breakdown Creating a drop Chapter 1: Working with loops Kenny shares his process of trial and error with working with loops and samples. Chapter 2: EQ and Effects Shaping and moulding the sound as he goes on, Kenny explains his choices for EQ and effects within Cubase. Chapter 3: Vocals and Arps Working with the vocal from the original track Kenny is remixing, he shows us his process of taking chops to use in the intro. He adds a MIDI arp to the track using Spire. Chapter 4: The Breakdown Using risers and pitch shift tools to create a build leading to the drop. Chapter 5: The Drop Using the vocal chops and new samples, Kenny creates the drop for this hard hitting dance track.
Track Deconstruction w/ HuxleyOver the last seven plus years, the friendly character has excelled at many different styles, often ahead of the curve. Known for his well swung grooves, main room house and deeper, musically accomplished offerings that stir real emotion. As a DJ, Huxley is someone as comfortable headlining a vast festival stage as he is holding down a small and sweaty basement. He does so from Africa to Australia and is the sort of selector who always delivers a slick, high impact dose of the good stuff. Such is his definitive sense of taste that he continues to lead from the front on his own Rinse FM show. It is there he welcomes exciting guests such as And.ID, Truncate and Vin Sol, and there that you get a wider window into his musical world. Huxley breaks down a brand new track of his, giving us an exclusive listen. He shows us how he would build the bass and melodies around the vocal, an insight into his vocal chain and more on Logic Pro X. In this lesson you will learn: Treating a vocal take Building a bassline Building drum patterns Working with melodies Arrangement of a track Chapter 1: Working with a vocal Huxley introduces the recorded vocal and explains how he builds bass and melody around the voice. He goes through his go-to vocal bus chain explaining effect choices like Sample Delay, EQ, Reverb, De-essing and more. Chapter 2 - Building bass around a vocal Huxley explains how he builds his instrumentation around a vocal take. Focussing on the kick first, then bringing in and processing bass. Chapter 3: Building drums Huxley talks about organising your project and drum channels, how to make your kick and bass work together and automation on drum groups. Chapter 4: Building melodies Huxley shares his tips on adding movement to the track using arpeggiators and filler melodies (which he refers to as earporn). Chapter 5: Arrangement of a track Huxley shares how he would go about arranging a track, talking about standard musical phrasing used in dance music. Q/A - Where do you find your samples and presets? Answer - Huxley gets most of his presets from other producers, mentioning the importance of surrounding yourself with like minded producers. He has been collecting samples for several years and nowadays mainly using Loopmasters and Splice. Don’t be afraid to sample other records for your tracks. When it comes to presets he digs through forums of VSTs and find out what people are making and saying about existing presets. Over the years he has formed his own presets. Take time while doing this, the more you look the better your chances of finding a right sample. Goes on to show practical example in Kontakt. Arranging sounds and breaking the rules Im using waves and NSL channel on my master bus, is that advisable? Huxley keeps his master channel quite free and open, he focuses on the individual tracks as oppose to the master channel. You can create more space in the track by editing individual sounds. Q/A - What is the standard form of arrangement? Huxley shares a generic layout for tech-house; 16 Bar intro, 16 bar breakdown, 16 bar drop etc. You can always load a track you like into your DAW and take ideas from the arrangement of that track. Q/A - Do you mix and master yourself? Huxley mixes a lot of his tracks, however, some of them he feels like he could use help from an engineer. Sometimes its good to have an additional ear when it comes to mixing down. He never masters his tracks. Q/A - How do you know when a mixdown is ready for mastering? Do you like to leave room for the mastering engineer to apply their own craft? A good mastering engineer can work magic on a track. Huxley leaves quite a lot of headroom for a mastering engineer so they can apply their touch on it. As a producer, your mix is never really done. Q/A - What is the best tip for creating original chords and melodies? Spending time knowing what key your track is in, learn scales and basic theory. A lot of trial and error. Q/A - How much time do you spend on a project? 5-6 hours on this project, setting up your file to fit your workflow can help speed things up. But don't rush it, some elements will require more attention than others. Q/A - A lot of producers procrastinate tracks for months, how do you write tracks in a time block? If the track is taking too long, the idea may not be great. Huxley finds that good music usually takes the least time. Q/A - How do you approach sending out promos and label demos? Huxley talks about how he got started, when you could still send CDs out. Make a connection to the person you are trying to get signed on. Be selective when sending out demos and make sure it fits the label. Q/A - I want to make techno but what i’m doing is deep house at the end, what can I do? Be cut throat with the decisions you are making for your track. If the element you pick doesn’t fit the style, save it for something else. It happens to everyone but sometimes the track has a life of its own.