The Ultimate Ableton Disco House Music Production Course
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The Ultimate Ableton Disco House Music Production Course

How to produce five sub genres of Disco dance music.
4.7 (14 ratings)
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Created by Rob Webster
Last updated 7/2016
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Produce music compositions based upon specific genres of Disco House music
  • Use sidechain effects and other plug ins, arranged sample based loops for Dance Music production.
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  • All you will need is a copy of Ableton live version 8 or 9 and be able to download two third party plug ins which are free and the links for those are in the course lectures. Also you need to download the sound pack which is within the course for free also.

This course is aimed at Ableton Live users who have the basic understanding of how the software works. If you are a complete beginner then maybe spend some time learning how to operate the program before embarking upon this course.

In this course you will learn how to create five of Disco musics sub genres.

The five genres are

Disco House

French Filtered Disco House

Hi NRG Euro Disco

Slow Disco Soul re-edits

Upbeat Disco re-edits

The materials used in this are mainly Disco samples and drum hits and other loops that are required for this type of music, all of which are in the resource folders within each tutorial.

Some vst synths are required to be downloaded which are at no extra cost to you as they are free.

The course runs for around two and half hours but each sub genre is around 30 minutes and you can take as long as you need to complete them.

The course is structured in simple steps which generally begin by timing and warping the samples and then layering the loops with programming in beats.

You should take this course if you are interested in this kind of Dance music but are not quite sure which sub genre you feel is best for you. So it may be that you are interested in learning about re-edits but then may find that you are much more into the French Filtered genre. So its designed as a sort of crash course featuring a little bit of everything so it gives you a taste of it all.

Who is the target audience?
  • You should take this course if you are interested in Electronic Dance Music Production.
  • This course is not recommended for people who have not grasped the basic techniques of the Ableton Live software.
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Curriculum For This Course
13 Lectures
Begin by listening to the sound clips in the first video
13 Lectures 02:46:30

Please take a listen to the sound clips in the video here as this is what we will be producing throughout the course.

We will be focusing on loop based Disco music where the approach is to produce 5 different sub genres ranging in tempo and style, but with an emphasis on Disco Music as a whole.

Preview 06:07

The course introduction slide show commentary explaining the tutorials. Here you can get a full description of how and what we will be making throughout the tutorials.

Preview 02:08

Part one of the Disco House course. We will begin by inserting the samples and the beats in order to arrange a track. We will be creating beats and selecting the right samples in order to produce a track of this sub genre.

Also we will look at how to find the root key of a disco sample using a spectrum analyser.

Disco House Part One

The final part of the Disco House course where we will have an overview of the whole track and to look at how we did the build up and also explained is the way in which the track has been arranged.

Disco House Part 2

This course begins by selecting the correct loops for the track and layering the beats on top. This is done by using the loop selection control panel in order to find the most suitable hooks for the arrangement.

Preview 16:32

Here we will be finalising the arrangement and setting out the track with the beats on top so that we can lay out the arrangement. We will also be adding automated filter effects to the mix to bring up the loops in the traditional fashion which is best suited for this type of sub genre.

Upbeat Disco Re-edits Part 2

This course focuses on the French House sound of the late 90's. It outlines the way in which samples were cut from tracks and reworked into a new loop.This style of Disco music was created by the likes of Daft Punk and Alan Braxe and is a more pumped up version of Disco House music.

French Filtered Disco House Part 1

Here we will start to arrange the selected loops and beats. We also will be adding a compressor with a side chain effect added to the mix to create the pumping sound that is the standard practice for this style of production.

French Filtered Disco House Part 2

This section will finalise the arrangement and review the track by going through the whole production.

Preview 07:27

This is the slow Disco course where we will work on selecting the correct vocal snippets and arranging a beat pattern. We will be adding percussion loops and also chopping up the vocal and adding delay and frequency cut off effects to create the desired sound.

Soulful Disco Re-edits Part 1

Here we arrange the track into a short composition and edit the loops in order to create a brand new re-edit. This arrangement is quite straight forward and has a simple but effective outcome.

Soulful Disco Re-edits Part 2

This is the only course where we will be using 3rd party plug in vst synths. This course is aimed at recreating the early 1980's sound from Europe and New York from the likes of legendary producers such as Bobby Orlando and Patrick Cowley. We will be recording in bass lines and chord arrangements,

Hi NRG Euro Disco Tutorial Part 1

This is the final part of the course where we will be adding a Vocoder effect on some vocals in order to give off that cosmic feel which was the key signature for Hi-NRG Music. Then we will close the tutorial with a full arrangement and an overview of the track and all of its components. 

Hi NRG Euro Disco Part 2
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