EDM Production - Learn How to Make Electronic Music!

Logic Pro X: Learn how to produce EDM music from scratch!
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Instructed by Robbie Shaw Music / Production
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  • Lectures 41
  • Contents Video: 2 hours
    Other: 14 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

What students are saying about this course:

A great introduction *****

This is a good intro to EDM for sure. Massive is explained well and the sound design aspect of the course in itself is pretty well thought out. Definitely worth the value, especially if you are new to this kind of music. I've been following it using FL Studio 12 instead of Logic, I've encountered no real issues. DAW doesn't matter, the techniques and information is still valid across any software.

I would recommend it for sure.

- Mason D

good mix of theory + tool basics + practical advice *****

As a relative newbie I found this really accessible, and even things that I was familiar with had good review components and examples. The course is heavily geared to Logic Pro (which works for me), so that may be a consideration if you are on a PC.

- Sam Marcus

Very Detailed *****

This is one of the best EDM courses I have taken. It is very clear from start to finish, and I was very satisfied with what I learned. Looking forward to more courses from Robbie!

- Douglas S.

Nice and clear *****

I really like that the tempo is not too fast and i can understand everything clearly.:)

- Andrea Paaro

***2016 Version Updated*** This course is fully up to date with Logic Pro X, Massive, and Battery 4!

  • Are you a beginner at electronic music production?
  • Are you interested in making your own EDM music and sharing with your friends?
  • Do you have little experience with Logic Pro X but would love to learn more?
  • Do you want to go beyond the basics and create something that you could play at a venue?
  • Have you been to a music concert or festival and dreamed of being on that stage one day?

If you have answered YES to all the previous questions, then this is the course for you!


This course is specifically designed for aspiring beginners and intermediate students. I will walk you through step-by-step, on how to produce the "hip-shaking" dance music you hear in the preview from start to finish.

Don’t worry! This is not one of those super beginner courses that just teaches you how to save and open files in Logic Pro X. By the end of this course, you will have learned how to:

  • Create strong and unique sounds from scratch using Massive VST
  • Mix your instrument tracks properly
  • Create energetic build-ups and transitions through various techniques
  • Understand the theories behind sound and mixing EDM music
  • Create a layout that you can use to produce more tracks in the future
  • Apply these concepts in creating your very own dance music!

You will learn so much from this course. And even if you don’t feel that this course is for you, there’s always a 30-day money back guarantee. So you have absolutely nothing to lose!


What if I want to learn EDM music on my own?

Yes, there are tons of videos on Youtube that teaches you how to produce your own music with Logic Pro X, but it’s hard to see your progress with these videos. It’s like trying to learn the guitar with a new teacher every week. Half the time, you will be stuck learning the same thing over and over again. Save yourself the time, and learn from my years of experience. This course moves from lesson to lesson so that you are able to fully grasp how to produce electronic dance music the right way. Remember, your time is valuable! Don’t waste it sifting through hours of Youtube footage.

What are the requirements?

  • Native Instruments Massive and Battery, you can get the free demo versions on their website
  • Logic Pro X

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Produce "hip-shaking" electronic dance music
  • Create powerful sounds from scratch using Massive VST
  • Understand the theories of sound for producing stronger mixes
  • Learn proven techniques that can seriously increase the track's energy
  • A complete layout that can easily be re-edited to produce more tracks in the future
  • A new sense of respect for being an electronic dance producer :)

What is the target audience?

  • Beginning producers who are inspired by EDM music

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome!
1 page

Welcome to your first step in learning how to make EDM music.

02:53

This lecture goes into detail of how this course is structured. It is divided into two main portions, theory and practice. We will first learn the theories of how to produce EDM music, then we will apply these theories as we go step-by-step on creating a dance track together. Making this course on how to make EDM music for beginners and intermediate learners.

1 page

Here is a list of the most common Logic Pro shortcuts or key commands we will be using throughout this course.

01:03

In this lecture, we will be setting up our project for producing EDM music, through this quick logic pro X tutorial. Most importantly, we will be saving our file and destination folder for our instruments.

Since we won't be using audio files (we're not recording anything live or importing any mp3 files), it's relatively straight forward for EDM music production.

Recreating your Favorite Songs
1 page
Section 2: Creating our Library of Sounds
02:04

In this lecture, we will be looking at how to use the piano roll editor in logic pro X to create Midi notes.

We are not creating the melodies yet, we are just preparing some test notes for when we create our instruments in Massive and Battery.

04:51

Before learning how to produce EDM music, it is important to understand how sound works in the real world. By understanding the theories of sound design, we can prevent the producer's most feared comment - "something doesn't sound right".

In this lecture, we will also learn how to create sounds from scratch using Massive VST, through learning the basics of a synthesizer and how a synthesizer works. Most synthesizers all follow the same basic format, so if you know how to use Massive, you will have a very good idea on how to use any synthesizer.

For more information on sound, Wiki has a very detailed description on how sound works. Especially the portion on the perception of sound, which is one of the most crucial ideas of this entire course.

04:20

In this lecture, we will take a look at how to create a powerful and deep sound bass with Native Instrument's Massive.

01:58

In this lecture, we will be taking a look at Native Instrument's Battery 4, and how to add the claps into Logic Pro X.

Note: The library layout may look different on my version, but the kits should have the same names.

01:29

In this lecture, we will be adding snares into our song. We will also be looking at how to look for two different snare sounds to get the best overall quality.

01:37

A very important part of any EDM track is the hi hats. In this lecture, we will be adding the hi hats from Battery 4.

01:20

Are you a fan of asian sound bells? Like the popular ones we might here from some of Diplo's tracks or Angger Dimas? Believe it or not, there are some pretty good sounding asian bells within Battery 4!

05:45

In this lecture, we will be making some beep sounds that are quite popular within the Hip Hop genre. We will be creating this sound through Massive.

03:50

In this lecture, we will be creating our powerful synth lead. Don't worry if it doesn't sound all that much in the beginning, because we will be spicing up the sound of this lead throughout this course. But we must start with the basic components first.

02:26

In this lecture, we will by adding a rhythmic element to our melody line, which is a very useful technique that you will see later in this course.

04:14

Do you like the laser and bubble sounds that we hear a lot these days in EDM music? In this lecture, we will learn how to create something similar to those sounds.

Section 3: EDM Production Stage
01:21

In this lecture, we will be organizing our instruments so that we have a better visual of what we are working with. This layout is a very common layout among music producers.

Inputting the Notes
1 page
05:50

In this lecture, we will be dragging in the Midi files that you have downloaded from the previous lecture. This will definitely save us class time, to focus on what is more important :)

Section 4: How to Mix EDM Music
03:26

Understanding the theories of sound is very important. It allows us to decide what actions we should take with our instruments to make the whole song come together. We will also learn how to apply these theories to an EDM mix.

2 pages

A guide on how to mix EDM Music

02:42

Now that we have a basic understanding of space design through the previous two lectures, it's time to apply this theory to our mix. Learn how to balance a mix through gain and pan in this lecture.

02:11

In this presentation, we will be looking at two of the most commonly used effects - reverb and delay. Understanding the theory behind these two effects is an important part of enhancing our mix.

2 pages

A guide on how to use reverb and delay

02:17

In this lecture, we will be using are newfound knowledge of reverb and apply it into our mix.

02:43

Now let's apply what we have learned about delay into our mix with this cool delay technique. Remember, a lot of these effects are used to enhance the space of our instruments, making them sound more "real".

Section 5: How to Create a Strong Transition
06:14

In this lecture, we will explore the powers of automation, and how to create strong transitions within an EDM mix. Often times, the most crucial parts are not when the beats come in, but the build-up that makes the beats sound more powerful.

04:23

In this lecture, we will be learning how to create a glide within our bass sound, to make the transition more interesting and powerful.

04:40

In this lecture, we will explore how to use automation and filters to create a very commonly used approach in EDM mixes. Almost every famous EDM track these days uses filtered sweeps of some sort.

03:34

In this lecture, we will be exploring another method of creating a strong transition.

Section 6: Cool EDM Production Techniques
07:14

In this lecture, we will be looking at a panning technique to help create a stereo image, and make the introduction more interesting

08:20

A great technique to energize the lead and prevent repetition

Section 7: What is EQ
03:33

In this theory lesson, we will explore the world of frequencies and equalization. This is a very crucial part in making our mixes sound good through speakers. Remember, an orchestra of 120 musicians might sound good in the real world, but putting 120 microphones in front of each musician and creating a mix of 120 tracks might not sound the same coming through 2 speakers. It's about frequencies and equalization at this point.

2 pages

A guide on how to EQ

03:10

Everybody loves the bass. But be careful, in many cases with the bass sound - less is more! Don't overdo it with the bass.

04:08

Remember, speakers can only handle so much. Sending too many frequency signals to the speakers will not sound right. In this lecture, we will identify frequencies that "fight" we each other, and how they put unnecessary pressure on the speakers.

Section 8: Finalizing the Track
02:23

In this lecture, we will compress and limit our master track. But remember, this is not mastering! That is audio engineering on a whole other level. In this lecture, we will be looking at the basics of compressing and limiting that'll make your track sound decent enough.

01:24

In this lecture, we will bounce our track so that we can share our music with the world.

Section 9: The Future!
Future Application
2 pages
Sample 1 (Logic Built-in Units)
00:56
Sample 2 (Waves Plug-in Units)
01:17

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Instructor Biography

Robbie Shaw, Producer, Song-Writer, Composer, DJ, Violinist, Dog-Lover

Robbie has been producing electronic dance music for more than 7 years. As a classically trained musician since the age of 8, he has studied various aspects of music from violin, orchestration, film scoring, to DJing and producing various kinds of music.

While majoring in music composition, he has also studied under Curtis Roads, the father of granular synthesis. He has performed at numerous venues across California, Japan, Taiwan, and other parts of Southeast Asia, while getting residency at the 3rd largest club venue in Taipei. Robbie is currently producing various songs through different genres for various production companies throughout Asia.

Robbie has also been teaching music for over a decade. Which has given him the opportunity to teach various levels, and understand his students' needs.

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