Welcome to Making Beats - 3 Producers Share Their Best Secrets!
This class is unlike any class I've done before: It is a fully collaborative class. That means you are not just going to be hearing about how I make beats, and my production tips and secrets. You will hear those, but you will also hear from two other well-known producers to show you some of their tricks as well. This is an art, and the best way to develop your own style is to hear the perspectives of several teachers - not just one.
For years I've been teaching Ableton Live in the college classroom. These classes I'm making for Udemy use the same syllabus I've used in my college classes for years, at a fraction of the cost. I believe anyone can learn Ableton - and cost shouldn't be a barrier.
Recently I was named as a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation's Music Educator of the Year award because of my in-person university classes. Now I'm taking those classes to Udemy in an online format in order to reach more students, and give them the joy of Music Theory.
In this class, we will cover:
And of course, once you sign up for Making Beats - 3 Producers Share Their Best Secrets, you automatically get huge discounts to all the upcoming parts of this class.
You will not have another opportunity to learn Beat Making in a more comprehensive way than this. Start here.
Dr. Jason Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater. His 2015 album, Aniscorcia, reaching the CMJ Top200 Charts and radio broadcasts nationwide. In 2014 he was named a semi-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.
He currently as an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.
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Welcome to the Class! In this intro, I'll walk you through the basic idea of this class, and show you some excerpts. Enjoy!
This class has 3 teachers (sort of 4) showing you 3 different perspectives on making beats.
Here they are - your introduction to our three teachers.
Our first instructor is Nick Bjelopetrovich, who goes by Bjelo and InSOUL.
Ok, a little rewind here. Lets review Drum Racks, because we are really, REALLY going to need them for the rest of this class.
Lets make our own!
Once we have a cool pattern in our drum rack, we can capture it to arrangement view.
Bjelo is going to show us the cool trick he does to separate the kick from the rest of the drum rack. This is how it works in some detail.
Another Bjelo trick is switching to the triplet grid.
Lets review the settings to connect controllers to your computer really quick to make sure you are all setup correctly.
Once we have some controllers setup, you might want to do a little MIDI Mapping to customize your workflow.
Ok - lets dive in to Bjelo's first video!
Next, lets learn to set one up on our own.
The Operator is one of the most powerful synthesizers in Ableton Live. Bjelo is going to use one in his beat, so lets learn how this works.
Now that we know the basics of Operator, lets look around at some sounds in it.
By adjusting the velocity of some specific notes, we can great cool effects.
Ok - ready to pickup where we left off with Bjelo?
Part of Bjelo's walkthrough. In this segment he adds some synths and effects to fatten up his beat.
Before we dive in, a few works about what is coming in this track.
Lets look at automation and effects - we are going to see a lot of it in the next video, so lets be sure we know how to do it.
Here we go - a full track from Bjelo.
Ok! Up next I have a batch of video lessons to get us ready for the CORA videos. Here we go!
This one might seem obvious, but I wanted to point it out because we will see CORA using it.
Quantizing is an important element if you are going to be playing your beats in (using drum pads or keyboards, or something like that).
In addition to quantizing, CORA likes to use a trick found in the quantization settings. Super cool trick.
Here we go - lets dive in!
First video from CORA - you should be all set to use everything in this lecture now!
Lets jump right into the next CORA video - Bass Lines and Grooves.
In this video we will see how CORA comes up with keyboard material to add harmony to his beats.
Because we are going to see a lot of automation in the next video, I wanted to give you a quick brush up on it.
Now lets jump back over to CORA and see how he uses effects in the arrangement for his beat.
The finishing touches!
J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator in the field of electronic performance, Allen performs on a set of “glove” controllers, which he has designed, built, and programmed by himself. When he’s not working as a solo artist, Allen is a serial collaborator. His primary collaborative vehicle is the group Ballet Mech, for which Allen is one of three producers.
J. Anthony Allen teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN., and is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer. He is a co-founder and owner of Slam Academy, a multimedia educational space in downtown Minneapolis. Recently, Allen founded Hackademica – an innovative net-label for new music.
J. has a PhD in music composition, 2 Master’s degrees in music composition and electronic music, and a bachelors degree in guitar performance. Through his academic travels, Dr. Allen has received numerous awards along the way.
If you run into him on the street, he prefers to be addressed as J. (as in, Jay.)