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Advanced Sound Design - Serum & Ableton w/ HadleyHadley is a Beta tester for a lot of VST companies, his knowledge on virtual instruments is extensive. In this class he dives deep into sound design with VST Serum, Massive, Reaktor - Form & Ableton to make interesting sounds. You will learn: How to use Serum Effects in Serum Ableton Audio Effect Rack How to use Massive Using automation Using Reaktor - Form CHAPTER 1: INTRO TO SERUM VST The 3 oscillator wavetable synthesiser Serum has powerful features, Hadley breaks them down and creates an exciting Drum n Bass bassline. CHAPTER 2: EFFECTS IN SERUM Effects like Hyper Dimension, Distortion, Flanger Multiband Compressor and Reverb are built into the VST, allowing an infinite amount of sonic capabilities. CHAPTER 3: AUDIO EFFECT RACK A look into how Hadley processes his audio effect rack, using plugins like Tantrum by Creative Intent, The Culture Vulture & Ableton’s EQ. CHAPTER 4: BUILDING THE LOOP Hadley makes a pluck sound to add onto the track, he uses automation to keep the sound moving and creates variations within the bass channel. CHAPTER 5: MASSIVE A look into one of Native Instrument’s most famous plugins, Massive. Hadley dives deep into sound synthesis with Massive. He uses FF Saturn to create saturation. CHAPTER 6: REAKTOR - FORM Another NI plugin, Reaktor 6 can host various sound blocks, in this chapter Hadley looks at FORM in Reaktor, a powerful audio sample editor. CHAPTER 7: OUTBOARD GEAR & RECAP Looking at his analog collection, Hadley uses a Roland SE02, Virus2i Snow. He ends the session with a listen of an upcoming track of his.
Found Sounds & Field Recordings w/ Glimpse (Dense & Pika)In a career which has spanned over 10 years, Glimpse has established himself as one of the most versatile, imaginative and talented producers that the UK has to offer today. With EPs forthcoming this year on Dense & Pika, Hotflush, Aus, & Hypercolour.. From the early days of his hugely successful, uncompromising techno ‘Black Series’ on Glimpse Recordings, through to the groove-laden techno of ‘Drifting’ on Planet E. 2010 also saw him fully pursue his deep organic take on house via his Crosstown Rebels singles and album – this musical range has gained him the respect of his peers and culminated in two successive nominations in DJ Magazine’s prestigious ‘Best British Producer’ category. In this class, Chris shares insightful knowledge on working with non-digital sounds, field recordings and found sounds that can be recorded anywhere and used creatively in numerous ways. You will learn: Using Room Noise In A Mix EQ Sweeps Making Percussions From Found Sounds EQing Field Recordings Making Pads with Field Recordings Chapter 1: Using Room Noise In The Mix Looking at artists like Four Tet and Burial who use field recordings in their tracks. Their creative way of sampling real world recordings makes their music stand out. Chapter 2: Making Percussion Out Of Found Sounds You can create toms, claps and other percs from recorded material that will be more sonically interesting than most digital sounds Chapter 3: EQing Field Recordings Sculpting recorded sounds is crucial to working with them, with a wide frequency range, Chris shows us how he would sweep the sounds to identify harsh and unnecessary frequencies. Chapter 4: Making Pads With Field Recordings Getting creative with looping recordings to create textural pad sounds. Chapter 5: Recap & MIDI Mapping Using the found sounds to enhance the groove, Chris adds MIDI mapped effects to the foley including Delay, Auto-Filter, Reverb & Sidechain Compression. Chapter 6: Recording Automation Recording live automation can take the sound from being dry to an interesting sonic sculpture with effects that are constantly moving. Chapter 7: Instrument Samples Having used his daughters drum kit, recorded on an iPhone, Chris explains that you don’t need expensive equipment to create interesting sounds, he adds in the drum sample and works it into the track. Chapter 8: Mixdown Some insightful information on how Chris would mix his tracks down, he states that makes all low-end in mono and increases the stereo image as the frequencies get higher. Chapter 9: Recap & Q/A EQ on the master Q/A Whats your master EQ? Why you should put EQ at the end of the chain. Do you use a Mid or Stereo EQ in certain channels?
Creative Use of MIDI Insert effects w/ EnyonEnyon aka SI GORDON is a formidable figure in the history of the south wests electronic music scene.As an artist he has released singles, remixes and albums on the likes of the mighty Defected records (UK), Soulfuric records (US), Hardsoul Pressings (NL), MN2S(UK), Bubblesoul music (Spain), Duffnote (UK), Maya records (NYC), Soothe Music (UK), Mutated Music (UK), Play recordings (UK), Convert recordings (UK), Casagrande(ESP) and so many more.. His artist guises include the ‘Stereo Mutants’, ‘Yoik’, ‘Cabasa’ and now his Nu Disco guise ‘Enyon’. In his 27 years as a professional DJ, Si has furnished every continent with his unique house music brand, from the US to Russia to the far east, Turkey to Serbia, Paris to Berlin and many more stops along the way. Enyon gives a masterclass on creative MIDI effects, he looks at using the new Logic Step Sequencer to program drums, Quick Sampler for tuning drums, applying creative MIDI effects like the Arpeggiator to congas & using Chord Triggers. You will learn: Logic 10.5 Step Sequencer Quick Sampler Using the Arpeggiator on percussion MIDI FX for Bass Using Chord Trigger Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION Enyon has put together a house loop for this course, in this chapter he outlines how he will break it down and gives us a playback. Chapter 2: MIDI EFFECTS FOR DRUMS Using the new Logic 10.5 step sequencer to program drums, Kick2 to tune & create kick drums, Modulator to process MIDI on the hihats and Logic’s Quick Sampler to change pitch. Enyon shows us a creative way to process congas with an Arpeggiator. Chapter 3: MIDI EFFECTS FOR BASS Using Arturias OB-XA V emulator to design the bass sound, Enyon uses the Arpeggiator MIDI effect to create a walking style bassline. Looking at the top layer for bass, Enyon uses the same arpegiattor but adds the Movement VST to the output channel. Chapter 4: CHORD TRIGGER Looking at MIDI FX that can help writing complex or simple chords, the Chord Trigger can be an aid for music theory and help you write your own chords.
Creative Use of Loops and Samples w/ Rob TisseraLooking at a house style track, Rob gives a class on creatively using loops and samples you find, working in key and sample digging. You will learn: Finding keys of sample Where to find drum samples Processing bass samples Processing drum samples Working melodic samples Chapter 1: FINDING THE FOUNDATIONS Rob finds a startpoint for the track, the key of the sample (using Mixed In Key) and starts to create the track using drum loops from Toolroom (Trademark Series by Mark Knight) and discusses where to get samples from. (Loopmasters, Splice) Chapter 2: BUILDING THE BEAT Rob picks out samples to create the groove with, then adding in a selection of bass samples. He shares tips on warping beat samples, Chapter 3: MELODIC SAMPLES Finding a stab sample and fitting it into the groove, Rob discussed his favourite sample packs and adds a disco string to the track. He sidechains it using Nicky Romero’s Kickstart and discusses using ghost snares. Chapter 4: ARRANGEMENT With all the sample selection, treatment and warping done, Rob steps into arrangement mode to start shaping the track. He fills it up with rides and snare rolls uses RC24 and SSLEQ to process the snares.
Track Deconstruction: "About Ta" w/ Kreature Looking at his EP being released by Resonance Records - La Coca EP, Kreature breaks down the track ‘About Ta’ and shows his process when creating this groovy track He highlights the importance of simplicity in dance music productions. You will learn: Production techniques Mixing kick and bass Writing bass Processing drums Writing polyrhythms Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION Kreature explains why he chose this track to breakdown, it’s a simple track and he encourages producers to keep it simple and focus on a few elements at a time. Chapter 2: KICK & BASS Starting with the fundamentals of any dance track - the kick and bass. This is how Kreature would process his low end. He uses Fab Filter Pro Q2, & the M1 Organ for bass sounds, Filter Freak, Decapitator, RBass. Bite Bitcrusher NI, SPL Transient Designer Chapter 3: THE DRUMS Working with a drum group and a total of 7 drum channels, Kreature breaks down his process of working with individual drums. He uses Nicky Romero Kickstart, Decapitator, Pan Man, SPL Transient Designer, Smack Attack, Pro Q2 Chapter 4: POLYRHYTHMS & LFO’s Polyrhthyms can make sounds move around in the mix, avoiding sticking to the 4/4 loops commonly used in dance music, Kreature explains how to create polyrhythms from scratch. Q/A Kreature answers questions about the vocoder, his favourite VSTs and more.
Minimal & Tech w/ Dexter KaneGoing off his last lesson "How to build dubby grooves and rollers" Dexter dives into the crafting of a track in the minimal and tech genre. Going off his last lesson, Dexter picks up with the track he made, building on it and adding parts to make it a full track. He gets into sampling techniques, spatial techniques and advanced filtering methods. You will learn: Adding groove to a track Sampling chords Dub Delays Working with hi-hats Processing pads Chapter 1: ADDING PERCUSSION TO THE TRACK Dexter gets groovy with percussion, an important part of all minimal style tracks. He shows his methods of creating groove and working in key. Chapter 2: WORKING WITH CHORDS Focussing on sampling, Dexter shows his methods for finding chord samples in the key of the track and making them his own. Chapter 3: SHARP HATS Bringing in hats creates a good moment in a groove based track, Dexter shows us how he would go about adding in hat samples. Chapter 4: PADS & STRINGS Pads, textures, strings can compliment a track when used well. Dexter demonstrates how we would get samples to work in his tracks using spatial and sampling techniques. Q/A - 1 Are there inbuilt grooves in Ableton? Are drums in minimal music usually pitched? Chapter 5: RECORDING INTO ARRANGEMENT VIEW With all the elements needed for a track, Dexter gets into the arrangement part. Chapter 6: INTRODUCING SOUNDS Using a break to introduce new sounds and other techniques. Watch how Dexter would use various techniques to keep the track interesting. Chapter 7: ADDING SUSPENSE Using pads to create suspense leading into the breakdown. Chapter 8: RECAP & PLAYBACK Looking at the structured track, Dexter touches on automation processes to keep the track moving. Chapter 9: THE BREAKDOWN Looking at plugins like Soundtoys Primaltap to automate and create builds, Dexter automates reverb to create more tension. Chapter 10: THE MAIN DROP Dexter shares a valuable tip on keeping the energy high in tracks by bussing the entire rhythm section Chapter 11: EFFECTS & BUILDS Dexter highlights the importance of having effects in key with your track. He adds in risers, whooshes and a snare roll to keep the track interesting. Q/A - 3 Dexter touches on automation effects, writing minimal basslines and keeping things simple.
Introduction to Live Performance w/ SaytekSaytek explains his approach to performing, having never been a DJ, he has received great acclaim for his live sets. He discusses his methods for working with live in Ableton, touching on his set up, simplifying workflow and building a live jam. He dives into his Ableton set up, focussing on how to arrange a live session to tips and tricks when it comes to building sets and transitioning from one track to another. You will learn: Ways you can perform live music with Ableton Setting up Ableton for live performance Working with drum racks Working with instrument rack Sound design for bass and chords Filter and Delay automation What controllers are in the market Mapping a controller in Ableton Launching scenes Triggering samples using a controller Mapping effects Structuring a live set in Ableton Clip automation Clip gaining Transitioning tracks on a live set Making white noise risers using Ableton’s Analog Sampling in key Types of synthesizers Modular vs Semi-Modular Functions of synths Digital hardware Groovebox and drum machines Modular racks
Kick and Bassline Pro Tips w/ Dexter KaneA lesson all about kick and bass. Known for his swinging drums and groovy basslines, Dexter dives into finding kick drums, drum samples, writing basslines and processing them all together. You will learn: Track Delay Sample selection Finding the key Processing a kick drum Writing a bassline Processing a bassline Compression & Sidechaining Chapter 1: Finding a good kick Dexter talks about finding the right samples for your tracks, start by figuring out the key of your track first, then hunt for samples in that key. He mentions using Splice, the online sample platform that puts samples in key. Chapter 2: Writing a bassline Using Roland’s SH-101 plugin, Dexter starts to write a bassline over the drums and talks about the article on resident advisor, where he learnt all his kick and bass tips: https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/1211 Chapter 3: Glue Compression A glue compressor works to tighten up instruments or to glue elements together in a mix, as opposed to compressing individual tracks. Chapter 4: Break out of the 4/4 pattern You can liven a track up by creating skips and not sticking to the same famous dance music pattern. Q/A Dexter talks about compression, sidechaining, keeping your kick and bass on the root note and more.
Vocal Comping & Flex Pitch-Timing w/ EnyonEnyon aka SI GORDON is a formidable figure in the history of the south wests electronic music scene. This year he celebrates 27 years as a DJ and music producer. As an artist he has released singles, remixes and albums on the likes of the mighty Defected records (UK), Soulfuric records (US), Hardsoul Pressings (NL), MN2S(UK), Bubblesoul music (Spain), Duffnote (UK), Maya records (NYC), Soothe Music (UK), Mutated Music (UK), Play recordings (UK), Convert recordings (UK), Casagrande(ESP) and so many more.. His artist guises include the ‘Stereo Mutants’, ‘Yoik’, ‘Cabasa’ and now his Nu Disco guise ‘Enyon’. In his 27 years as a professional DJ, Si has furnished every continent with his unique house music brand, from the US to Russia to the far east, Turkey to Serbia, Paris to Berlin and many more stops along the way. Stereo mutants, released on the likes of defected and been in the industry over 20 years. Enyon gives a detailed class on how to treat vocals in Logic Pro. Starting off with how to get the best takes from vocalists, he then dives into comping vocals, selecting the best parts of a recording and Flex & Pitch functions. You will learn: Working with a vocalist Comping & Summing vocal takes Flex & Pitch Funtions EQing a vocal Chapter 1: WORKING WITH A VOCALIST Enyon shares tips on making vocalists feel comfortable when recording, he takes a look at the various takes and harmonies. Chapter 2: COMPING VOCALS In the verse, Enyon focuses on a minimal approach, using only the bass and drums and no other melodic instruments. He discusses creating SUM groups with the vocals and how this can help sift through audio takes and find the best parts. Chapter 3: FLEX & PITCH FUNCTIONS Looking at exporting the selected comp section, this will allow the creation of a new audio file that can then be edited using Flex & Pitch functions in Logic. Q/A Enyon answers questions on flexing audio in Ableton vs Logic, he then looks into the EQ of the vocal.
Basslines for Minimal & Tech w/ KreatureLooking at all things basslines, programming your own synths and various creative ways of doing different styles of basslines. Working in Ableton Live. You will learn: Harmonics Oscillators Types of waves for bass Using Sub Boom Bass Layering bass Writing different styles of bassline Using Monark From NI Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION Looking at his track titled “Squid” getting released on Max Chapman’s label. Kreature introduces the workshop and plays us the track. Chapter 2: SUB BOOM BASS Using Rob Papen’s signature plug-in Sub Boom Bass, Kreature dives into designing sounds in this VSI. Chapter 3: TREATING THE BASS & LAYERING Looking at EQ functions, taking out the muddiness of the bass sound designed in Sub Boom Bass. He uses Kickstart by Nicky Romero to tighten up the bass sound, and then looks onto layering the bass sound. Decapitator for adding saturation. Chapter 4: BREAKING DOWN BASSLINES Kreature goes through his various projects to show us how he created the basslines for his tracks. Chapter 5: WRITING DIFFERENT STYLES OF BASSLINES How to write dynamic basslines using various note lengths. Kreature uses ABL Bassline 3 Monark from NI, Mini V from Arturia Q/A Kreature makes a bassline from Operator, he then lists his favourite plug-ins and hardware synths.
How To Explode Your Instagram Engagement w/ Rocky ValenteRocky Valente teaches you the importance of instagram and social media engagement in the new age of the music industry. Rocky helps us understand and answer the key questions as an artist. She then provides us with the necessary tools to expand our engagement to turn our followers into fans. You will learn: Who are you? Where are you? Where do you want to be? What is your why? Why do you want to do this? How is your audience? Age-sex-other brands/artists they love/ what they say online How to optimize your bio Set up a business/creator profile Use an eye catching photo Who are you? +hashtag Your number of followers should be greater than the number of people you are following. Call to action (hypeddit / funnel emails / downloads) Link in bio (contactinbio.com linkinprofile.com tap.bio + bitly) Lessons: 1. Introduction Rocky shares her background story, started off as a DJ in 2008, toured the world and was a brand ambassador for Pioneer & Denon, she founded We Grow Influence & The Influence School, content creator for Coca-Cola and many other brands - as well as being a mother of 6. 2. What is Engagement? Instagram engagement is how the public interacts with the content you publish: likes, views, comments, saves & shares. Engagement is so important because: You get better results with less followers Meaningful connections Become a real influencer and a go-to person Survive the algorithm Control the game List down your answers to the following questions: Who are you? Where are you? Where do you want to be? What is your why? Why do you want to do this? How is your audience? Age-sex-other brands/artists they love/ what they say online How to optimize your bio: Set up a business/creator profile Use an eye catching photo Who are you? +hashtag Your number of followers should be greater than the number of people you are following. Call to action (hypeddit / funnel emails / downloads) Link in bio (contactinbio.com linkinprofile.com tap.bio + bitly) 3. Posting Understanding instagram as a platform, create content that fits the platform and use new features (IGTV, Reels, Stories etc). Find out when the best time to post is and which posts work for you, using audience insights. On instagram -> Insights -> Content -> Timeline -> Engagement Tips to write a great caption: The secrets from the copywriters Write with meaning Write a long text Finish with a question Tag yourself Hashtags: Find relevant ones to your content Do not use the same hashtags frequently Less is more Hide them in plain sight in the comment section Use them with meaning Get more comments by replying with a four word question. Like comments only when you really need it. 4. Facebook Ads Tips for setting up FB ads: Do not set up your ads directly on instagram Create a facebook business account Create a new Ad Choose engagement Daily budget $5 or less Choose your audience Broader audience = more engagement = less quality Choose manual placement Only instagram explore & Feed Choose your post on IG No Call To Action button 5. Converting your followers into fans Try a personal approach to let each follower know you appreciate them. Example; Send an individual voice message to each one of your new followers after looking into their account. Try to call them by their name and let them know how excited you are to start this relationship. Welcome them on board! Request them to turn on the notifications for your profile so they will be able to actively see your content and follow your journey. 6. Live Q&A How often do you post a week? Why is it useful to tag yourself at the end of the post? What if your instagram is geared towards another artform? Should you start again? What set up do you use for live streaming? Do fangates help gain instagram followers? Should you follow posting schedules? How often would you say it is worth investing in the post boosts?
Using Distortion in the Mix w/ Glimpse (Dense & Pika) Distortion is a vital tool for electronic music, using it well can make instruments stand out and ‘thicken’ them up. In this workshop, Glimpse dives into using distortion on drums, vocals and setting instruments up in the mix. You will learn: Distortion in drums Master EQ settings Distortion in vocals Giving sounds presence Chapter 1: Distortion in drums Looking at adding distortion to hats, claps and shakers too make them stand out in the mix. Glimpse talks about treating kick drums Chapter 2: Master EQ Glimpse shows us what a common dance music EQ would look like and touches on using noise in the mix. Chapter 3: Vocals Looking at a recorded vocal, Glimpse explains how he would treat it and fit it into the mix. Chapter 4: Giving sounds presence How to make certain sounds shine in the mix, Glimpse shares a tip on putting a hat on top of the kick and other techniques to improve your mix. He then answers a question on mastering chains. Chapter 5: Creating space in the mix Choosing the sounds you use is crucial to getting a well mixed track. Glimpse shares tips on panning pads, sidechaining and more. Q/A Glimpse looks at interest ways to use audio exciters, talks about his favourite plugins and more. He then gives a demonstration on automating exciter parameters. Using Ozone Exciter and then looks into a plugin called Portal
Working with Analog Samples w/ Estelle RubioEstelle discusses the importance of having analog sounds in a track, in this session she looks at a work in progress track, that she has recorded a vocal on. She shows us creative processes for creating vocal effects and creating rich sounds. Sampling a vocal Using Quick Sampler Tape Delay Tips Arranging the sample Chapter 1: Sampling a vocal Estelle discusses the importance of having analog sounds in a track, she plays back the track we will be looking at in this workshop, having recorded her own voice for the track, she creates a virtual instrument using Quick Sampler. Chapter 2: Arranging the sample Using Quick Sampler again, Estelle picks out new vocal chops to sample into this track, using tape delay feedback to create a continuous loop. Chapter 3: Arpeggiators & Pitching samples Estelle demonstrates how she makes her arpeggiators for this track, using TRK01 in Reaktor. She then explains quick ways to process samples in key, pitch and effect them. Q/A Estelle shares insights on using analog sounds, getting deep into Logic and more.
Working with Logic Pro Sampler w/ EnyonLooking at the new Logic Pro Sampler. Enyon covers recording sounds, mapping them and triggering samples with MIDI. He takes a detailed look into the Quick Sampler, that can automatically slice a sample and pitch it. You will learn: Using the Quick Sampler Sampling drums Recording live audio samples Sampling rhodes & keys Pitching & Mapping samples Chapter 1: QUICK SAMPLER Only available in Logic 10.5, the new sampler creates a world of possibilities, allowing record input functions and drag and drop features for easily capturing and processing audio samples. Chapter 2: SAMPLING RHODES Starting with a recording of a Rhodes piano and the slice function in Logic’s sampler, you can play audio samples of chords using single MIDI notes. CHAPTER 3: PITCHING & MAPPING SAMPLES Getting deeper into sampling sounds by looking at pitching samples. Enyon discusses building sample maps, stacking samples and pitching using the help of a Tuner.
Virtual Instruments in Logic Pro - Ultrabeat w/ EnyonAn indepth class into designing drum sequences using Logic Pro’s Ultrabeat. Enyon shows us various ways to make the most use out of Ultrabeat, which is a combination of a sampler, synthesiser and tone generator. You will learn: Using Ultrabeat like a pro Drum bussing Effects for drums Synthesising drums Chapter 1: Ultrabeat Ultrabeat is a combination of a sampler, synthesiser and tone generator. Enyon shows us how to set up multi-output drum channels via Ultrabeat and his process of creating drum busses, routing audio channels and more. He uses Valhalla SuperMassive Reverb - A free plug-in from Valhalla, and Smartelectronix by Bram & Sean. Chapter 2: Ultrabeat Continued A look into detailed bussing, applying effects to the clap, creating various sequences (Ultrabeat allows the creation of 24 different sequences). Chapter 3: Velocity & Envelope Controls Velocity changes within drums can simulate a live drummer style of playing, what our ears are used to. Chapter 4: Synthesising Drums Some of the initial preset banks are synthesised sounds, Enyon shows us how to create drums from sine waves.
Production Techniques & Sound Design for Balearics & Disco w/ Alessandro Doretto Looking into a slower genre of dance music, Ballearics, Alessandro shows us his process in crafting sounds to fit the track, making drums groove, transitional effects and working with a choir vocal You will learn: MIDI Drum Patterns Writing Melodies Creating Arpeggios Sampling a vocal Transitional Effects Sampling guitars Arrangement Chapter 1: Introduction Working at 105BPM, Alessandro goes through the 2 variations of the track he will be going through for this session. Chapter 2: The Drums Looking into creating live sounding drums, Alessandro shares his tips for creating MIDI drum patterns. Chapter 3: Melodies Creating pads and using a Fender Rhodes sample, this is how Alessandro created the melody and chord structure for this Balearic track. Chapter 4: Arpeggios Using Operator and Ableton’s Arpeggiator effect for MIDI, Alessandro creates emotive arps to fill up the track. Chapter 5: Transitional Effects & Arrangement How to fill up space with transitional effects and introduce new sections into the track. Q/A - 1 Writing bass notes Creating rhythm sections Layering bass and chords Sampling strings Chapter 6: The Rhythm Section Looking at a different track to the previous chapter, Alessandro breaks down the rhythm section he created for this track . Chapter 7: Bass & Chords Looking at sub-bass he wrote using 16th notes and 3/16th notes. The chords follow the root note and melody of the bass. He then looks at adding groove to the chord pattern (via the groove pool) to make it more human. Chapter 8: Strings & Guitars Using the “String Female Voice” preset from Ableton, Alessandro creates a moving string pattern to sit in the background of the track. He looks at automating the MIDI clip in session view. Chapter 9: Arpeggiators Creating movement using arpeggiators, initial sound created with Ableton’s Operator instrument. Chapter 10: Vocal Sampling Using a Maasai vocal pack to create a choir like dreamy vocal channel, Alessandro talks about the final stages of the track. Q/A A look into Mid-side EQing, effect chains for the vocal, drum channels, Analog instrument and more.
Track Deconstruction: Colly Wolly w/ JackyINTRODUCTION TO JACKY Chapter 1: Starting the track Jacky looks at his template which he starts every track with. In it he has set up 1 audio track and 1 MIDI track. He then shows us his Return channel template, which consists of 5 return channels, 1 Reverb and 4 Ping Pong Delays. Chapter 2: Arranging the project Jacky shows us how he organises his projects, stating that organisation is key. He labels various sections of the track (intro, break, ride, etc) so that he can quickly jump to sections within the project. Chapter 3: Transient Envelopes Using Ableton's transient warp feature, Jacky highlights an interesting way to work with loops. By adjusting transient lengths you can change how a loop sounds entirely. Chapter 4: Audio Effect Racks Grouping audio effects can speed up your workflow, Jacky has his audio effect rack template as his go-to for every channel. It consists of a Compressor, EQ Eight, Auto Filter, Utility and Simple Delay. Live Q&A W/Jacky Jacky answers questions on the remix competitions, how he got his music to Steve Lawler, releasing music with promo lists. He discusses his favourite VSTs for bass, both from Rob Papen - Sub Boom Bass & Blue.
Creating Good Remix Parts w/ Saytek Looking at exporting stems for other producers to remix, Saytek demonstrates the importance of organisation, volume levels and labelling when it comes to the export. He then begins a remix of his own track, looking at various production techniques and working with only Ableton stock plugins. You will learn: Exporting stems Re-sampling with Simpler Tweaking remix parts Recording into arrangement view Slicing to MIDI Creating pads Creating risers & fx Working with a vocal Sampling background noise [tags] remix sampling ableton
Mixing Techniques w/ Richard EarnshawLooking at a track he has mixed for BBE Records, as well as a work in progress, Richard dives into the art of mixing, looking at various dynamic processes you can carry out to make instruments sit well together, such as additive & subtractive EQ, stereo imaging, mixing kick & bass, compression, reverb & delays + more. You will learn: What is additive EQ What is subtractive EQ Ways of using these EQ functions Stereo Imaging Mid/Side EQ Mixing kick and bass Sidechaining Compression Chapter 1: Additive & Subtractive EQ The difference between additive and subtractive EQ. Subtractive EQ is great for detailed changes and is a much warmer approach to EQing your music, Additive EQ adds gain to the bandwidth selected, try keep this as broad as possible to avoid pops and harsh harmonics becoming the focus in your mix. Chapter 2: Stereo Imaging A look at Mid Side EQ, nowadays imaging softwares like Izotope Stereo Imager can carry out these functions, albeit less precise than manual mid-side EQing, which can be done in Ableton & Logic’s stock EQ plug-in. He answers the questions: What tracks would you use imaging softwares on? How do you balance kick and bass? Chapter 3: Kick & Bass Dance music is all about the kick and bass relationship. Richard talks about sidechaining and softwares that can carry out sidechaining like Nicky Romero Kickstart. He discusses other dynamic VSTs like multiband compression, and recommends the Sonarworks Room Correction software as a vital mixing tool. He answers the question on what is the difference between a stereo master and stem master. Chapter 4: Compression As a rule of thumb, RIchard would always bus his tracks together. Ie all drums will be bussed to one channel, as would the backing vocals and melodic instruments. Richard starts off with the API-2500 compressor from waves and talks about SUMMING and creating Track Stacks. Q/A Do you write the track first and mix later, or mix as you go? Are there any specific processing effects you could recommend for bass? Do you put anything on the master buss when your sending it to be mastered? Chapter 5: Track playback Looking at an afro style house track, Richard gives us a preview of how this mixed and mastered track sounds. Chapter 6: Drum Bussing Richard busses all his drums into one return channel, he uses compression from the API-2500, slight saturation from the Virtual Tape Machine and RC24 Chapter 7: Reverb & Delay The 2 essential spatial mix effects. Richard discusses ways of creating percieved loudness as oppose to heavy limiting. He uses Echoboy and Valhalla Room Reverb and avoids using the same reverb on every drum channel. Chapter 8: Work in Progress Richard shows us a track he is currently working on, again looking at drum busses, backing vocal treatment and track summing. He discusses how to make a sample bass instrument sound as realistic as possible. Chapter 9: Vocals The track in this session is heavy on the background vocals, Richard discusses ways he would treat a vocal in his session, using sidechain techniques with Nicky Romero Kickstart. He talks on the importance of the positioning of effects in your effect rack, while discussing useful vocal plugins like Vocal Strip by SSL, Multiband compression using Fab Filter Pro MB and the Sonarworks Reference 4. Q/A - 2 In ableton, what is the equivalent of summing in Logic? What do you think of using old effect boxes? Room treatment using Sonarworks Reference 4, they have a headphone version as well.
Approaching a New Track w/ Carl BeeUsing a selection of audio samples, Sub37 MIDI editor, TR8s, Arturia Prophet V and a range of stock Logic 10 plugins, Carl creates a deep, hypnotic track from scratch. Sharing a range of tips and tricks to get your production process flowing. You will learn: Writing drums Writing basslines Writing chords Creating a groove Using automation to create a build Arrangement tips Designing a lead instrument Creating tension & release Chapter 1: Drums & Bass Using the drum samples, Carl Bee starts to carve a loop to make his own rhythms. He uses Sub Boom Bass to create a bassline played in 1/16th notes. Chapter 2: Chords & Groove Stating that he is not a keyboard player, Carl shows us how he uses the Chord Trigger MIDI effect in Logic. Along with the Retro Synth plugin, he begins to write out chords for the track. Carl then starts to work with Ultrabeat to write in hat patterns. Chapter 3: Strings & Leads Using Alchemy to create a string pattern. Carl explains how to chop a loop up into a MIDI playable instrument making it easier to tweak and manipulate. He creates the lead sound using Arturia’s Prophet V software synthesizer. Q/A - 1 Don’t get stuck in a loop. How this track would be arranged. Where did you find the samples from this track from? Splice Samples Chapter 4: Recap Recapping on all the parts Carl has produced for this track, so far working with a kick drum, hats, strings, chords, bass and a sampled effect. Chapter 5: Percussion Carl looks at flex timing shaker loops and adds in an additional hat to add pace to the track. He uses LFOTool to shape the volume of the loop. Chapter 6: Mid Range Sounds Using Alchemy again to create a lead sound, Carl goes on with the arrangement which he states helps him decide what other sounds are needed, He answers a question on how long the breakdown should be, and how he created a unique sound for himself. Chapter 7: Break & Build Using automation processes to create an interesting build. Carl implements his send channels to create tension and release in the track. Using a reverb bus, single band EQ automation and a pitch effect on the arp, using Waves SoundShifter Q/A - 2 How many reverbs do you use? Do you do the final mixdown right at the end? Do you EQ as you go along?
Live Performance with Ableton & Hardware w/ Saytek Saytek is one of the most sought after live performers in the world. In this course, he dives into how to use Ableton for live performance, then dwelling on types of hardware you can buy to aid a live performance set up. You will learn: Working in session view Transitional effects Mapping MIDI Types of hardware on the market In-depth Live Performance course by Saytek: https://members.mixmasters.net/products/live-performance-w-saytek Chapter 1: Introduction How did Ableton become the industry leader for live performance, and what features are built for this. Chapter 2: Working in session view The main way you can perform live in Ableton is through session view. In this mode, loops and music parts are arranged in order to when they should come into the track. Use colours to help you visualise the order. Chapter 3: Transitional effects Keeping it simple so you can trigger audio with one hand, assign MIDI functions to filters and other effects to transition between tracks in a live session. Chapter 4: Hardware Introduction Hardware has several limitations, this is why when purchasing your live set up, you should be completely clear on what you need the hardware to do. Saytek gives us an insight into his live setup. Chapter 5: Controllers The first piece of kit you should consider for a live performance is controllers, posing the ability to play keys, trigger samples, map effects and so much more. Examples: Akai LPD, Ableton Push, Novation Launchpad Chapter 6: Grooveboxes Nowadays, samplers and sequencers are integrated in grooveboxes. A groovebox is a studio in the box with live performance capabilities. Examples: Analog Rhythm Groove 2, Akai MPC, Roland MC707 Chapter 7: Analog & Digital Synthesizers The more expensive of the hardware range. Saytek discusses the pros and cons of synthesizers, varying in price drastically and looking into vintage gear as well. Examples: Moog One Polyphonic Synth, Mother 32, Behringer TD-3, Volca range by Korg Chapter 8: Modular Set Ups Modular set ups involve multiple bits of synthesizers that you route together and build your own synths and patches. Saytek describes this as a rabbit hole, meaning you can keep adding to this set up indefinitely. Q/A How powerful does your computer need to be to do live performance? What hardware do you recommend for someone just starting out? What are some of the worst things that have happened during a live performance? How do you find travelling with all this equipment? Have you ever lost your gear? Do you produce in 3D?
How to Start a Record Label in 7 Steps w/ Nick Sadler Nick shares the knowledge he gained setting up multiple indie record labels selling music to millions of fans. You will learn how to clone this system with zero experience & obtain knowledge on how to get unlimited fans to buy and stream your music even if you dont have a huge advertising budget. It’s easier than you think and you dont need a big team to do it. Nick Sadler is a music industry veteran, spanning a career over 20 years. Having worked with flux pavilion, Skrillex and more. You will learn: How to get unlimited fans to buy & stream your music How to get a logo designed for $20 in 1 hour or less The number 1 thing you need to do to start a label that will cost less than $10 Every step to release and promote a record release in under a minute. Chapter 1: Introduction Nick shares the knowledge he gained setting up multiple indie record labels selling music to millions of fans. You will learn how to clone this system with zero experience & obtain knowledge on how to get unlimited fans to buy and stream your music even if you dont have a huge advertising budget. It’s easier than you think and you dont need a big team to do it. Nick Sadler is a music industry veteran, spanning a career over 20 years. Having worked with flux pavilion, Skrillex and more. E myth mastery - read! Chapter 2: Step 1: Write your business plan What is a label? Made of 3 parts, business admin, music branding, music distribution. Step 1: Write your business plan. A business plan will guide you to decide releases, artists, time frame & budgets. It will provide the confidence for success and give you the best chance of getting a good deal. Seven sections of a business plan: Title Page/Summary Strengths, opportunities and core values Business Strategy Distribution channels & label products Label management & operations Marketing Financial budgets & forecasts Download template from labelmachine.com Chapter 3: Step 2: How to organise your business filing system 12 folders that will be the backbone of your record label: Accounts Action Plans Demos Design Directory Databases Distribution Legal Licenses Marketing & PR Merch Passwords Releases Chapter 4: Step 3: Decide your record label name A unique name is needed for you to register a website, create a bank account and to define your brand. Make sure it is available by checking www.discogs.com Then go onto www.namechk.com to see if your name is available on social platforms. Consider the acronym of the name. Register the name at www.123-reg.co.uk Or www.godaddy.com Chapter 5: Step 4: Website & Social Media Option 1: Website in a box www.squarespace.com www.wix.com www.weebly.com www.bandcamp.com Option 2: Wordpress Option 3: Agency (not cheap) Option 4: Store Website www.shopify.com Social Media: Facebook Instagram Twitter Soundcloud Youtube Snapchat/Pintrest/Linkedin Chapter 6: Step 5: Design your logo Design your label logo for $20 in an hour or less. Option 1: Hire a professional designer Option 2: Freelancer website Fiverr.com Freelancer.com Designcrowd.com 99designs.com Option 3: Online logo maker Looka.com Chapter 7: Step 6: Register your record label as a business Three reasons why you need to do this: Protection Legitimacy Motivation Registering in the US: www.legalzoom.com UK: www.companiesmadesimple.com Global: www.stripe.com/atlas Chapter 8: Step 7: Pick a distribution model 3 types of distributors: Aggregators (The Orchard) Self Distribution (Distrokid/CD Baby/Tunecore) Serviced Distributors You must apply to them with a good business plan, they dont work with everybody. (Believe Digital, InGrooves, AWAL) Specifically for electronic music - FUGA, Label Engine, Label Worx & Symphonic www.hypeurl.co/distribution Chapter 9: Step 8: Every step to release and promote in under 1 min Get music complete Create artwork Create release strategy and schedule Create marketing and PR Schedule Create marketing assets Write a press release Write recording & remix contracts Record metadata Send music to distributor Secure blogs, playlists & DJ promo Secure spotify playlist Create your facebook & instagram ads Build your release page Activate PR & marketing schedule Release record Chapter 10: Ultimate fan generator How to get unlimited fans to buy & stream your music. Marketing Funnel Theory: The main aim is to get email addresses Create a lead magnet using hypeddit.com or other magnet site. Create Facebook promotion: find 5 similar artists Create video ad using: shutterstock.com pexels.com/videos pixabay.com/videos/search mixkit.com/vertical-videos Create a copy, target fans of artists you sound like. Budget 20$, set target audience in terms of location Add interests; Artist, 1,2,3,4,5 Chapter 11: Recap & Q/A
From 0-10,000 Followers on Instagram w/ Rebecca Smart BakkenIn this course you will learn the importance of your first thousand followers and how to convert them into lifelong superfans. Rebecca shows us how to sell products to our fans, whilst giving lots of value to keep them coming back. If you’re struggling for Instagram followers, you will learn what you need to do in order to grow your numbers and find your fans authentically. You will learn how to: Use the Landing Page to attract new followers and engage them Plan and create new content through social media Network to build your fanbase Lessons: 1. Introduction This course’s goal is to: Give out a clear roadmap of how to grow your instagram from scratch with real and loyal fans (not just followers). This is aimed towards musicians of all genres. You must make the investment towards creating more content. Build a fanbase & community around your music 2. Landing Page Instagram bio, profile picture, link, story highlights. The landing page is key to attract new followers and engage them. The landing page on your instagram is vital Your username is a part of your digital instagram stamp and online identity Your profile picture needs to represent you and your brand Pictures with humans tend to work better Use a background that enhances you Use a music prop Write a direct and interesting bio The bio link is one of very few exit’s out of instargam before 10k Use linktree.com - its free Design story covers with canva.com 3. Content Consistency is key on social media. If someone hits subscribe they want updates for you, it keeps you relevant and accessible. Quality over Quantity. For a musician account, Rebecca recommends 1 feed post a day. Create content categories, share content series - video series. Create a plan and use creator studio or pre-publishing software (Buffer, Later) Use the 80/20 rule: 20% promotional and to drive sales, 80% educational, informational, inspirational, personal interests. Create Categories- Example of weekly feed content: Music Process - 2 posts Personality - 2 posts Identity - 1-2 posts Sales/Promotion - 1 post Viral Content - 1-2 posts 4. Network You wont get anywhere without networking, building authentic online relationships is more important now than ever. You need to surround yourself with like-minded people who can help push you that bit further and open doors for you. This can be done by: Using the ones that follow you now: Network with strategic people Using Content Using IG Live
How to get 1000s of real fans, streams and listeners on Spotify w/ John GoldJohn Gold is the CEO & Founder of Hypeddit. Chapter 1: Introduction John introduces the way to gain 1000s of Spotify fans, that worked for him. He is a music artist, family man and CEO of Hypeddit.com. He states the ultimate key to success is having real fans. They are the equivalent of a business having customers. Chapter 2: 6 Mistakes to avoid Forgetting about fans Fans give you money, marketing, power & influence. They are what customers are to a traditional business. You need fans to have a successful music career. People who stream your music can either send positive or negative signals to Spotify algorithms. Real fans will always send positive signals. Believing that you need to make mainstream music to have success Any genre can work! Just doing what everyone else does (playlists) Dont become dependant on playlist curators, it can often lead to fake results and risk your profile. The wrong playlists can hurt your chances of cracking Spotify’s algorithm. Wasting time and energy on social media Free social media traffic is great in theory, but: You have to create and post content all the time It takes weeks or months to see results Results are not guaranteed Hiring an expert to do it for you Nobody understands your music and your fans better than you. Nobody can connect with your fans better than you. You wont understand the process this way Underestimating yourself, and getting stuck Through learning curves and education, you can get the hang of the system and see what works best for you. Chapter 3: Facebook ads You need fan traffic to grow your following. The different types of traffic are: Social Ads Referral Search You can research your favourite artists fans and get them to notice you by running ads tailored to suit your favorite artists demographic. Chapter 4: Automated spotify growth machine The goal is to build an automatic fan machine that automatically grows our Spotify presence even when we sleep. Don’t point ad traffic directly to spotify, this can result in low quality fans hurting your Spotify algorithm. Send your fan traffic to a link page, this link page can then link to your Spotify and other platforms. Chapter 5: Recap Q/A How long does the growth engine take? When can an artist start growing their audience? What is the Spotify growth engine?
A Journey Through Rekordbox 6 w/ Sam Shepherd Business developer for Pioneer DJ, Sam Sheperd talks about the new Rekordbox 6/6.2, with a focus on the new cloud control control that could change the way DJ sets are done. Cloud control lets you sync your Rekordbox library across multiple devices, allowing you to update your set when you are on the go. Chapter 1: Introduction You can download Rekordbox here for free. Chapter 2: Organising Rekordbox There are 4 modes in which you can use Rekordbox: Export Performance Lighting Edit Sam explains the different modes and shares tips on how to organise your library, looking at ways to import tracks, create playlists and exporting methods. Chapter 3: Rekordbox 6 The updates in the new Rekordbox 6: Auto Re-Locate - Once you move a folder on your computer, Rekordbox 5 would have trouble accessing the file. With Rekordbox 6, an auto-locate feature has been added that will scan your entire computer for the correct file. (Preferences -> Advanced -> Database) New Waveform Display - Pioneer introduced a 3 band visual waveform. Blue represents sub-frequencies. White represents high frequencies. Orange represents mid frequencies. This matches most DJ mixers with 3 band EQs. Light Mode - A white display background that works well for sunny areas, you can now alternate between dark and light mode. Collaborations with streaming services - Rekordbox 6 now integrates with Inflye and other promotional and streaming services. Chapter 4: The Cloud The cloud feature works in conjunction with your Dropbox folder. This makes working on the move and without your personal laptop or external hard drive an easy task. Sam discusses the various plans you can get on Rekordbox. Via Airserver, you can replicate Rekordbox on your phone. Allowing you to play tracks, add Hot Cues, mix, loop audio and update your Rekordbox playlists from anywhere in the world. Chapter 5: CDJ Integration Sam plugs in his iPhone to the CDJ 3000s, which can then access your Rekordbox library and play music using your phone as the source. Chapter 6: Edit Mode With Edit mode, you can cut and paste certain parts of the track, with a region select for beats, you can clone parts of the track or take them out to make it more of your version of the track. You can save loops from tracks and put them in your palette. Q/A What formats are available with edit mode? Will Rekordbox work with DJS 1000? Will clubs need fast WiFi to use this function? Can you record your set directly to the cloud as well? Is the app only iOS or is it only Android? Does the CDJ 3000 have wifi? When will google drive or other services come? Does the Inflyte option come automatically? What about using Beatport link in export mode?
From digging to dancefloor using beatport link w/ Laren AgiusThe product manager for Beatport, Laren gives us a walkthrough on Beatport link, from how to dig music on this store to preparing playlists for performances. Beatport link is a dedicated DJ streaming platform, with access to millions of tracks directly in DJ performance software or hardware. It’s designed to be your music partner throughout our DJ career. Chapter 1: Introduction Laren is the product manager for Beatport. In this course he is going to discuss the benefits of Beaptort link: A dedicated DJ streaming platform Access to millions of tracks directly in DJ performance software or hardware Unlimited cross-platform playlists High Qualtiy audio streaming Access to expoertly curated playlists to help you discover new music Designer to be your music partner throughout your DJ career. Chapter 2: Beatport Playlists Once you have a LINK subscription, Beatport will give you the same experience we are all used to, but allowing full track playback. You can start creating LINK playlists while shopping on beatport. Chapter 3: Importing tracks from Spotify You can import tracks from Spotify, allowing you to build your LINK playlists from multiple streaming sources. Chapter 4: Curated Playlists Beatport LINK introduced curated playlists to help you discover new music. Split up into genres with some of the biggest artists adding playlists continuously. Q/A How do you encrypt the tracks to avoid file sharing and ensure artists are being paid? How is the rekordbox integration? Will Beatport LINK be available on phones? Chapter 5: Rekordbox Beatsource now integrated with Rekordbox, with it it displays curated playlists that are genre based. Beatport LINK will update your Rekordbox playlists constantly as soon as they are in your beatport playlists. Are you looking for beta testers?
Get Paid for your music in TV, Film & Games w/ Darren StoneDarren is a musician, television composer, and producer. Garnering over 60M views on songs he’s written for Disney, achieved No1 childrens amazon bestseller and is involved in gaming, documentary and TV. In this class he looks at building various revenue streams in the media. You will learn: Building a business around producing music Various streams of income Sync rights Music licensing Distribution services Where to put your music for TV, film & games Chapter 1: Introduction Building a business around producing music. Obtaining various sources of income via sync deals, music licensing for TV, film and games can build your artist profile significantly. How much do you need to stream on Spotify to earn the living wage? 3000+ streams an hour. Chapter 2: Distribution Services Self distribution services include sites like Tunecore, CD Baby, Distrokid & Ditto. They allow you to pay a set fee per track and puts the music across all streaming and purchasing platforms. Darren breaks down the pros and cons for each various distribution service, and looks at Songtrust.com that can help with licensing and tracking mechanical and performance rights. He then breaks down the advantages of TikTok and how you can use this service to generate income, and discusses the app Zebr which links music to influencers. Chapter 3: Music Licensing Over the last few years, the number of music licensing companies has increased significantly, allowing producers to take advantage of this. Darren breaks down the difference between exclusive and non-exclusive agreements. A sync right basically means a company or individual will pay you a blanket fee to use your music to synchronise with their adverts or video. Sites that can host royalty free music licenses: Audiojungle.net Songtradr.com Pond 5 Production music libraries Q/A Is it advisable to use PRS and songtrust? When is it worth signing PRS pro?