How to produce a Retro Techno House Record in Ableton Music
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How to produce a Retro Techno House Record in Ableton Music

This is a step by step video screencast tutorial that will teach you how to create an old skool Techno House record.
4.0 (14 ratings)
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Created by Rob Webster
Last updated 9/2013
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What Will I Learn?
  • Produce Dance Music
  • Have an understanding of arranging music
  • Better use of software synths
  • Be able to construct beats from scratch
  • Learn about automation and effects units
  • Learn about mix downs
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  • All you need for this course is Ableton, a pair of speakers and the ability to download software from the internet.
  • Midi controller keyboard

To listen to the full track we will be creating, please go to lesson 8 below and hear the music. This course is designed so that you can create your very own retro Techno House track using Ableton Live and a free VST plug in Soft Synth. Combined with a free pack to download created by me with all of the sounds and beats. In this course you will learn what sounds are used to create this genre of music and how to arrange them correctly to produce a recording which replicates the classic Techno sound of the late 80's. The course materials are strictly my samples pack, a free VST synth that you are required to download from the internet and Ableton Live. The course is laid out in very easy to follow videos starting with the beats and then progressing into digital samplers and soft synths. It then goes into other area of production such as automation and filtering sounds, and finally into a mixing and mastering session at the end to create the final product. The course should take you no longer than 2-3 hours to complete if you follow my guidelines. The reason to take this course would be to give yourself a better understanding about Dance Music production in general should you need it and to help you understand how to select the correct sounds for a certain genre.

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginner and Advanced Beginner
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Curriculum For This Course
9 Lectures
How to produce a Retro Techno Acid House Record in Ableton music
9 Lectures 02:04:54

This first part of the course explains how to import the sounds and arrange the beats for the track. It demonstrates the basic rules of creating that classic Techno sound in Ableton. This tutorial will give you an insight into beat programming.

Preview 14:00

This lesson concentrates on installing a free VST soft synth and adding the sample pack sounds provided into the Ableton Sampler plug-ins. It also lays out the music into an arrangement that starts to build the music up to create the main frame of the track. We add a bass, and four other separate sounds to create the groove. Please make sure that in this lesson you download the free VST soft synth in the external resource link within the file.

Adding Soft synths and importing the sounds for recording

In this lesson we begin to arrange the recorded work in Ableton and work on the intro and the build up. We focus on adding the right sounds in the correct order to create a nice and steady flow of music.

Lesson 3 Arrangement part 1

Lesson 5 continues from the previous session finalising the arrangement by laying out all of the beats and sounds into a complete track.

Lesson 4 Arrangement part 2

In this lesson now that the arrangement is complete, we begin to add the filtered automations to the key sounds and add the sound effects to finally complete the track.

Lesson 5 Automation & Filtering and Sound effects.

This lesson is the mix down, where we strip the track back and start to eq all of the individual drum sounds and synths. We focus on using spectrum analysers and compressors and other plug ins to help get a nice sounding and well balanced mix.

Lesson 6 Mixing down the track

The final lesson focuses on mastering the track. This way of mastering is a simple and useful way to test drive your final track in your DJ set on a loud system, or just to play on your system at home. This topic demonstrates the usage of Multi-band Dynamics and limiters to give the track a louder sounding finalised wave format.

Retro House Music Tutorial Lesson 7 Mastering

The final track that we will be producing. Take a listen and see if this is the kind of music that you would like to produce on this course. If so please consider signing up for the course.

Preview 08:10

Closure and recap of the tutorial
About the Instructor
Rob Webster
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Waxadisc Digital Dance Music Tutorials

My name is Rob Webster and I am a professional record producer and record label owner.

I create and teach people how to produce music of various genres and to hopefully pass on my knowledge and experience to others who wish to become producers. My courses are mostly within the Ableton software with the use of various 3rd party plug ins and I teach a whole range of different genres ranging from Techno to Chill Out music. My courses are very easy and simple to follow with many different learning techniques such as playing the keyboards and chord structure through to editing and audio mixing. You can read my biography below, thank you.

I have been a DJ since 1993 and I have been producing records since 1999.I have had several chart hits and remixes worldwide. My first big hit in the UK charts was in 1999 and was called "Everybody" under the artist name "The Boy Wunda" This was released on Manifesto Records which is a part of Mercury/Universal Music, and reached number 1 in the UK Club Charts and number 7 in the official UK charts and the top 40 all across Europe. You can view the track on Youtube. My second hit was a remix for Pop group "Atomic Kitten" called "See Ya" and that went to number 6 in the UK in 2000. After this I remixed a track called "The Ghetto" by "The Rhythm Masters" under the name "Soul Glow" and this went to number 1 in Pete Tongs Radio One club chart back in 2002. Since 2005 I have ran several record labels on the internet, but since 2009 I have successfully been in charge of "Cold Rockin Records" which releases mainly Disco House Music. I have recorded under many different artist names for this label. The main one being "Area Social" and I have had over 30 releases go into the top ten download sales chart at digital stores such as Junodownload. My album under the Area Social name went to number 8 in the sales chart in 2011. I also run another label called "Traxscape" which release Chill Out Music and I have had two albums out on that and several pieces form the first album have been used in scientific documentaries.I now as of 2016 run a Disco House record label called "Waxadisc" I have also just had a number one in the junodownload sales chart with a track called "Bionic Love" as Robjamweb for the world famous record label"Editorial". Recently I had a track go to the top chart spot again at Juno Download called "You Know How" and a brand new ep called the Cosmic Soul ep which came out on Masterworks Music. So I constantly keep releasing my own material as well as teach other producers.

The names below are some of the works I have and still record under. You can find all of my work on the internet.


Area Social

The Boy Wunda

Filthy Filtered Disco Freek

Rob Webster

Dakota Soul