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In this practical training course you will learn how to use tools you have already for electronic music production. Electronic music got it's secrets and we need to learn more and use other people experience in order to be more flexible and make music we like. Let me share some of my knowledge with you.
Some of the history.
As a electronic music producer, I always need to learn new music production software known as DAW (Digital audio workstation). Every production software got it's signature functions and also downside. Cakewalk was my first music production software. It was a good soft at the moment and I liked it a lot, I bought it in 1998. In time I moved to Logic 5 which known as Logic Pro now. Early 2000 Logic become very stable and most powerful music production software ones Apple took over the company. Since than Logic became OS only DAW and many people moved to Mac because of it. So, I did to and I glad I did!
Than somewhere in 2005-2006 I needed the simple solution to make a Dj mix and be able to bit-mach 2 tracks for continues dance music mix using just a software. I was traveling and wanted to use my lap top only... This is how I discovered Ableton Live for the first time. I showed my technique to some people and right after, one body literally went to the music store and bought a copy of Ableton Live.
This days, Ableton Live is the only production solution for me, simply because, the creative flow is endless. I was always saying that, if you are individual electronic music producer with lots of creative ideas you need to use Ableton Live.
Some professional music producers will start in Ableton Live, create the music then move all files to Logic Pro and finish the track in Logic. For me it was very long process when I realized the production power of Ableton Live and start learning this new software. Believe or not it took me almost a year. But in the end I am able to create music ideas flawlessly.
In this course I will not show you how to copy and past or save files in Ableton Live, but I will show you the creative process and how we can use default software tools and 3rd party plugins in order to make unique music we want.
I would like to refer to some of my favorite virtual instruments such as Arturia Virtual Collection V3, Native Instruments and my personal samples. Arturia V3 include several well known analog synths from past - Moog Modular, Mini Moog, etc. It's almost impossible to discover all possibilities of Moog, so many variations could be created using this instrument, which is good for any electronic music production. In Native Instruments, I like to talk about Reaktor 5. Many individual synths included in Reaktor 5 bundle, almost every synth inside Reaktor 5 trigger cool idea in your head. I would also recommend Alchemy from Camel Audio. This synth will bring any music on different level.
If it's not enough, you can always use Ableton Live instruments or rewire Logic Pro and record Logic default instruments with Ableton Live using Sound Flower.
For production effects I love to use almost all default Ableton Live effects and Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5. Compressors from Crysonic and Elysia. Other dynamic effects & EQ from Flux and Fab Filters.
Using instruments to create bits and samples
Like no other DAW Ableton Live has 2 ways to create music. Grid and arrangement windows. Every other professional DAW will provide only arrangement view and you have to guess and copy past loops. It is more convenient to use Ableton Live for creative purpose.
This is just amassing function, this function could be found in other DAW like Logic Pro. However since we using Ableton Live, I would love to show you few very nice features which changed the way I look into music production now.
Recording from instrument to audio
Very simple and effective way to transform virtual instrument into audio file and continue editing
Working with effects could little tricky. I like to use minimum amount of reverbs and delays. I also like to use dynamic effects for almost every track inside my arrangement. In the end, Mastering effects may harm reverbs and delays and create unwanted sound. Right amount of effects should be added.
Arranging the track
Track arraignment could not be easier with Ableton Live. Jut hit record and start improvise with created loops, than go to arraignment view and continue working.
Bouncing mixdown track
I want to give you some effective tips which I've learn during production. What you need to do before bouncing the mixdown.
Mastering is most important final part of music production. Usually producers sending Mixdown version to Mastering house, however many people master there music in house. It takes time to learn mastering and consider your own music, like you trying to master music from other people. This is the only way to make good master out of your own track. I will show you what and how I use mastering plugins or mastering my own music. The answer to the question - Why should we master our own music? Is simple. Nobody will understand your "electronic" music like yourself. Sound engineers may not like and/or understand this type of music which is very important. I'll try on my own than spend $50-$70 for online mastering. Unless you can find mastering house which dos the job in similar music genre.
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|Section 1: Introduction|
|Section 2: Creating Multiple Dance Music Bits|
|Please download samples and loops file|
Creating Bits (Part 1) Working with samplesPreview
Creating Bits (Part 2) Editing SamplesPreview
Creating Bits (Part 3) Creating Multiple Loops
Creating Bits (Part 4) Recording loops
Creating Bits (Part 5) Final Adjustments
|Section 3: Adding Sounds|
Adding Sounds (Part 1) Recording Bass
Adding Sounds (Part 2) Editing Bass Sound
Adding Sounds (Part 3) Recordings Tips
Adding Sounds (Part 4) Exporting Sounds & Group
|Section 4: Arrangement|
Arrangement (Part 1) Preparation
Arrangement (Part 2) Editing
Arrangement (Part 3) Effects
Arrangement (Part 4) Production Tips
Arrangement (Part 5) Creating More Sounds
Arrangement (Part 6) Creating More Sounds
Arrangement (Part 7) Searching Additional Sounds
Arrangement (Part 8) Adding Flavors
Arrangement (Part 9) Sounds Editing
Arrangement (Part 10) Adding More Flavors
Arrangement (Part 11) Preparation For Mixdown
|Section 5: Mixdown|
Mixdown (Part 1) Uploading Arrangement Files
Mixdown (Part 2) Effects
Mixdown (Part 3) Final Touch & Export
|Section 6: Mastering|
Mastering (Part 1) Effects
Mastering (Part 2) Export & Compare
Arthur Explicit was born Dec. 12 1971. As a young kid he always liked to learn new things. Music was one of them. Arthur started to learn piano at the age of 8, and he learned the acoustic guitar when he turned 14. He started working for free in one of the most popular recording studios in 1989. He went to the studio with his older brother and while his brother took care of business, Arthur started playing around with the drum machines and sequencers. 20 minutes later the first beat was recorded. At the time in late 90′s, professional music equipment was quite expensive and of course a young kid was not able to afford it. So, this is Arthur’s first experience using these kinds of gear. The studio owner took note of it and offered Arthur an internship in his place.
Arthur started working in the studio almost every day and learned about music recording. After a few months he started recording bands with out help. In 1992 Arthur produced his first Chill Out Album in this studio. “I asked for free studio time instead of payment for my work”, he said. The studio owners let him use it for free at night. And this is how Arthur was able to afford his very first electronic music album recording. Arthur and his father opened a record label and start selling this music.
After 7 years break Arthur started over and learned to produce new styles of music. His first album was in Psy-Trance genre. He said that he wanted to give it a try. Psy-Trance elements are not easy to produce, he liked the sound design in this kind of music production. Later, in 2004 Arthur produced his first House Music EP, then he created an album.
After several releases and online recognition, Arthur started to dj in one of the small local clubs. After a few months he starts playing in New York City, but music production was more important at the moment and Arthur would still spend most of his free time in a recording studio. Dance music sounds are also not easy to produce. Many times music producers spent many hours and days just for one sound. As a House and Techno music producer, Arthur always tried his best in order to be original and that took a lot of time and work.
In 2007 Arthur collaborated with the dj/producer Lee Kalt and after just a few months, they created a new records that became a vinyl and has been released on Subliminal records. In 2008 Arthur moved to Las Vegas for a while but he decided that electronic music would be better in the city and most of New York is the city and not the suburbs. Vegas was fun of course, but music comes first!
Somewhere in between Arthur released a few solo albums in Techno, Chill Out, Ambient and General Electronica. Many cool comments were received from his Fans and DJs who enjoyed and played his music. His 2012 album was produced specifically for the dance floor. Every second of final production was considered.
What will happen next in his music career? Arthur is planning to spend more time in the studio and on the road producing electronic tunes and focus on fresh ideas.</p>