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EDM Sound Design with Serum

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    Tutorial 1

    Future Bass Chords

    5:32

    See how to produce LFO modulated chord stabs for Future Bass and similar styles, including synchronizing note and length, and LFO speed.

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    Tutorial 2

    Trap Lead

    10:22

    Explore synthesizing a dirty, rich lead stab for Trap / Dubstep. Learn how to dial in layered modulation to create harmonic movement, and use macros for added control.

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    Tutorial 3

    Progressive House Pluck

    6:05

    See how to create pristine attacks using pitch and filter modulation, as well as using modulation to create interesting arrangements.

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    Tutorial 4

    Dubstep Bass

    13:05

    Explore making crazy twisted bass sounds using custom waveforms produced within Serum, Resampling within Serum, and layering foley to add cool, organic high end.

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    Tutorial 5

    Deep House

    12:32

    See how to make warm bass sounds suitable for Deep House / Bass music using pitch envelopes to add attacks and transients and more.

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    Tutorial 6

    Wobble House Bass

    13:27

    Discover how using Frequency Modulation in Serum can make tight rhythmic bass patches that are adaptable to Wobble House or Dubstep. Explore using LFO modulation values to tempo lock modulation can create even more interesting sounds.

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    Tutorial 7

    Tech House

    6:34

    See how to make minor chord stabs for Tech House, tuning oscillators, creating FX chains to fit the sound in the mix and more!

Xfer Records Serum is one of the most popular synths in Electronic Dance Music today. In this video tutorial series EDM producer Larry Holcombe reveals the steps to take, to make killer EDM sounds with super synth Serum!

Larry covers some of the most popular EDM genres such as Future Bass, Trap, Progressive House, Dubstep, Deep House, Wobble House, and Tech House. See how to make the defining sounds of these genres from scratch, all with Serum, and produce authentic sounding EDM tracks that stand out.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If youre into producing EDM and have Serum, checkout EDM Sound Design with Serum and make killer synth tracks now.

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I learnt the trumpet and piano around age 12 and then guitar a couple of years later. I played in a few indie bands for a few years until I discovered the turntables and Dj'ing. I then swapped the guitar for the synthesizer and the stage for the Dj booth and the rest is history!

2. What training have you had?

I completed a diploma in sound engineering and music technology from islington Music Workshop in London. I am also level 1 certified in Logic. The most important training I have received though is sitting for hours on end at my studio making music!

3. When did you get into recording?

Recording demos for the indie bands I mentioned earlier. Then recording vocals for my tracks as DEF inc. and laterally Rebel Sonix. I also worked in London studio Rollover in around 2005.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've remixed Coldplay, Kylie, Roots Manuva and John B. Labels I have released on include Parlaphone, EMI, Fingerlickin, Eight Fx, Quantum, Botchit and Scarper amongst others. I have composed music for Sony Playstation games, Sky tv, J&B Whiskey, Lexus cars and the BBC to name a few. I have produced online tutorial videos and have had a 1 hour production video in Music Techs magazines cover DVD. I have also Dj'ed at events such as Glastonbury festival and Miami WMC and touring extensively all over the world.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well hopefully I have a clear and concise training method mixed with a serious passion for making music. I have previously worked for Apple teaching Logic and also regularly lecture on Logic and electronic music production. I also teach the Ministry of Sound DJ academy in London which involves teaching an introduction to Djing as well as in depth seminars on using NI's Traktor and also Serato Scratch Live. As a producer making cutting edge electronic music, I have to remain at the forefront of new sounds and production techniques. I mix my time between different areas of the music industry - production, remixing, DJing and also teaching which allows me to develop all those skills simultaneously - so I can improve my teaching ability whilst also continuing to develop as a producer (something which you never stop doing!)

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