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First Song with Studio One 3

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    Tutorial 1

    The Song

    5:49

    Hear a bare bones piano and voice outline of the basic song, and then the finished version that you will see and hear as it is developed over the course of this two hour series.

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    Tutorial 2

    Getting Started

    3:47

    In this video well create a new empty song, establish a tempo, length, and input quantize value; and lay down a guide drum track to work with as the song is built up.

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    Tutorial 3

    Kik Drum Delay & Guide Drum Loop

    4:12

    Hear how some subtle Beat Delay with low feedback and high width values creates movement in the kik drum part, and how a factory drum loop fills out the groove and helps to reinforce the subtle swing feel.

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    Tutorial 4

    Reinforcing the Rhythm

    2:09

    A short dry percussive Mai Tai sound is added to reinforce the rhythm and also outline the the root key of the song.

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    Tutorial 5

    Verse Chord Progression

    4:30

    Watch as a multi instrument is set up to create a layered pad sound using two different virtual instruments, and hear the chords for the verse being recorded.

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    Tutorial 6

    Portamento Hook

    4:52

    Another multi instrument is created, this time with two monophonic lead sounds that use portamento when transitioning between notes; and a short repeating musical hook is recorded.

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    Tutorial 7

    Organizing the Console View & Adding Reverb

    4:50

    Good digital house keeping is important when building up a song containing may multi instruments. Learn to selectively hide and rename instruments in the Console View in order to keep it uncluttered. And see how to set up a reverb FX track that can be accessed by multiple sources simultaneously.

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    Tutorial 8

    Adding Bass to Second Verse

    3:31

    Long open root notes are added to the second chorus on a layered bass sound, creating interest and anticipation leading up to the chorus.

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    Tutorial 9

    The First Chorus

    4:52

    Preliminary markers are added, and the chords and bass part for the first chorus are recorded.

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    Tutorial 10

    Building Up the Chorus

    5:46

    Hear how adding additional layered elements, including a rhythmic synth part, extra bass layer to add to the attack of each note, and a full drum groove, helps to build the intensity in the first chorus.

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    Tutorial 11

    The Third Verse

    11:07

    In this first breakdown of the arrangement, the texture and voicing of the chords are altered subtly to maintain the listeners interest.

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    Tutorial 12

    The Second Chorus

    3:27

    The arrangement builds by bringing everything back in; and an additional piano part is added to help this section feel subtly bigger than the first chorus.

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    Tutorial 13

    The Third Chorus

    1:51

    As a dramatic contrast to what came before and what will follow, the bass, chord pads, and main drum groove drop out to create space for a long riser that will be added in later.

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    Tutorial 14

    The Bridge

    5:08

    Watch as one of the stock factory multi instruments is added and used as the main sound in the bridge; the final section of new chords added to the song.

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    Tutorial 15

    Adding Sweep & Riser FX

    8:46

    Watch as some sweep effects are layered together and added to the transitions into chorus 2, 3, 4 & 5; and a long riser is placed thorough out the entire chorus 3 breakdown to help build anticipation and excitement leading up to the bridge.

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    Tutorial 16

    Subgrouping with Busses

    6:35

    See how Bus tracks are added to the session and set up as sub groups for drums, synths, bass, and FX; and hear how the FX tracks are panned and edited to sit in the mix better.

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    Tutorial 17

    Setting up a Cue Mix for the Vocalist

    4:55

    Learn how to use the Audio I/O Setup window to configure the ins and outs on your hardware, and how to set up a custom headphone mix using Studio One 3s Cue mix function.

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    Tutorial 18

    Recording the Lead Vocal

    5:45

    Watch as multiple takes of the lead vocal are recorded using the Takes to Layers function in Studio One 3.

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    Tutorial 19

    Adding Vocal Harmonies & Backups

    3:48

    Follow along as the vocal arrangement is filled out with some subtle backups and harmony parts.

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    Tutorial 20

    Editing the Vocals

    6:00

    Watch as the takes are trimmed and the track layers are expanded so selected parts of the various takes can be comped together.

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    Tutorial 21

    Vocal Processing

    5:50

    Listen as a new plate reverb is set up for the vocals, and the Fat Channel gate, compressor, and EQ are adjusted on the lead vocal track.

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    Tutorial 22

    Vocal Delay Effect

    5:22

    Watch as the vocal tracks are sub grouped, and sends to a rhythmically timed delay are set up on the backup tracks. An automation track is then created to bypass the delay on/off for specific words.

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    Tutorial 23

    Exporting Stems

    3:34

    Learn how to export either individual tracks, subgroups, or the full mix; using the built in Export Stems function.

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    Tutorial 24

    Melodyne & More

    5:05

    Hear how Melodyne is used to subtly improve the tuning across the main lead vocal; and watch as anticipation is enhanced by having the rhythm section drop out during the bar before the bridge.

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    Tutorial 25

    Adding the Guitar Parts

    8:15

    See how guitar parts, recorded remotely, are added to the song and processed to blend in with other elements in the mix.

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    Tutorial 26

    The Final Mix

    8:53

    Explore some of the final track and bus processing tweaks, and listen to a final run through of the entire song.

PreSonus Studio One 3 gives you everything you need to take your musical ideas and turn them into a complete, shareable masterpiece. In this in-depth video tutorial series, Eli Krantzberg shows you how to go from idea to finished product and everything in between using just Studio One.

Eli begins with introducing the song, both the initial bare bones spark, and the fully produced final. He then starts with a clean slate and takes you through establishing a guide drum track on which you can build up your song.

With the rhythm laid down, Eli spends a number of videos showing you how to use Beat Delay and drum loops to fill out and create movement in the drum parts. Then he spends a few videos creating and reinforcing the main chords of the song to outline the root key and create layered pads and hooks.

Eli ends this section by taking some time for digital housekeeping, such as organizing the console view. The next six videos are all about recording what will be the final parts for the song. Eli demonstrates recording the verses, the choruses, building up the chorus, the bridge, and adds sweeps and risers.

Eli now focuses the next videos on mixing techniques, specifically subgrouping, in which you create Bus tracks for drums, synth, bass, and FX. He also covers panning and editing the FX tracks to make them sit just right in the mix.

From there, Eli shows you how to record the lead vocals. Multiple takes are recorded, including adding harmonies, as well as how to edit and process the recorded vocals.

When you write songs, you may want to collaborate with other musicians. Eli explains how to export stems using the Export Stems function, which are used to exchange tracks with a guitarist who adds tracks remotely.

Eli finishes off the series by covering using Melodyne in Studio One 3, and doing some last minute arranging. After that, he explores some mixing and bus processing tweaks, and shares the final song.

If youre new to recording and producing with Studio One 3, or to digital music production in general, First Song in Studio One 3 will get you started on the path of complete song creation!

Poverty Records
Submitted 1 week ago

Nice Job Groove 3!

Great! Keep the Studio One tutorials coming!... Definitely a Dynamic DAW that is constantly changing... Eli is a great teacher ... Please let him know!

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Bighank
Submitted 1 month ago

Excellent on all key point on building songs

Groove 3 is an idea software for today artist who want to go from musician to recording your very own songs it actually help me develop as a musician to hear what I sound like, unbelievable it makes you feel the music hear the music Groove 3 starts with basic thru expert try it, I started with a yearly membership and been there every year. Try it out you can only go up.

I am a: Producer, Audio Engineer, Musician, Student

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djpugster70
Submitted 2 months ago

Studio One 3

I am very happy with studio one. its what I've been looking for

I am a: Beginner

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Cosmo
Submitted 3 months ago

wow so good to see the production thoughts

loving it, thanks for sharing the knowledge on how to build and change ssounds

I am a: Beginner, Producer, Musician, Beat Maker

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Chaeya
Submitted 4 months ago

Great Introductory Tutorial

I don't know for an absolute beginner, however, if you already know how to work a DAW, it's good to watch this first to get your feet wet. I could pretty much just start using it at this point, since I already know Ableton and Sonar. The other tutorials will just be gravy.

I am a: Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Student

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RobC7
Submitted 9 months ago

Enjoyed this tutorial..

I am familiar with Studio One but this tutorial gave me some great ideas and different ways of approaching creating a song... instructor was great, good pace, NOT annoying :-) and very knowledgeable about the software.

I am a: Professional, Audio Engineer, Musician, Sound for Film/TV

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Wrench42
Submitted 10 months ago

Excellent overview

Just what I was looking for. Going over the process of recording and mixing a song from scratch with enough detail to kick start the creative process.

I am a: Musician

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kaabi
Submitted 1 year ago

excelente

good lesson but there is some section missing how to clean the mix i think it is will be more helpful thank you Khalid Ali ,, Saudi Arabia

I am a: Beginner

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nice Job Groove 3! Great! Keep the Studio One tutorials coming!... Definitely a Dynamic DAW that is constantly changing... Eli is a great teacher ... Please let him know!
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent on all key point on building songs Groove 3 is an idea software for today artist who want to go from musician to recording your very own songs it actually help me develop as a musician to hear what I sound like, unbelievable it makes you feel the music hear the music Groove 3 starts with basic thru expert try it, I started with a yearly membership and been there every year. Try it out you can only go up.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Studio One 3 I am very happy with studio one. its what I've been looking for
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from wow so good to see the production thoughts loving it, thanks for sharing the knowledge on how to build and change ssounds
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Introductory Tutorial I don't know for an absolute beginner, however, if you already know how to work a DAW, it's good to watch this first to get your feet wet. I could pretty much just start using it at this point, since I already know Ableton and Sonar. The other tutorials will just be gravy.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this tutorial.. I am familiar with Studio One but this tutorial gave me some great ideas and different ways of approaching creating a song... instructor was great, good pace, NOT annoying :-) and very knowledgeable about the software.
Date published: 2016-07-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent overview Just what I was looking for. Going over the process of recording and mixing a song from scratch with enough detail to kick start the creative process.
Date published: 2016-06-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from excelente good lesson but there is some section missing how to clean the mix i think it is will be more helpful thank you Khalid Ali ,, Saudi Arabia
Date published: 2016-02-26