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Music Production w/ Pro Tools Vol 1 - Pop

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    Tutorial 1

    The Working Demo

    3:37

    Kenny plays the vocal that the track will be produced around, as well as lays down some guide tracks.

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    Tutorial 2

    Song Setup

    6:41

    Kenny's shows you how to map out the song's arrangement using markers and setting up some key plug-ins.

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    Tutorial 3

    Getting in the Groove

    12:33

    Kenny demonstrates how to create a groove using one-shot samples, loops and effects to build a beat that further inspires you to work on the track.

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    Tutorial 4

    Adding Percussion

    13:02

    Kenny now builds on top of the drum beat with percussion elements that take the song's groove to the next level.

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    Tutorial 5

    Keys Please

    16:49

    Kenny now lays down the keyboards and synths. See him utilize many Pro Tools virtual instruments and MIDI features while creating foot tapping keyboard and synth parts.

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    Tutorial 6

    Acoustic Guitars

    4:30

    Kenny puts down some real acoustic guitars to add depth and dimension to the song. He then better sits them in the track using EQ.

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    Tutorial 7

    Electric Guitars

    6:08

    Kenny plugs in and rocks the song proper. He also shares his methods for better fitting and effecting the electronic guitar in the track by utilizing numerous plug-ins.

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    Tutorial 8

    Arrangement Tweaks

    20:28

    Kenny starts to remove different elements from the song to create better dynamics and movement for the song.

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    Tutorial 9

    Give the Drummer Some

    17:06

    Kenny now overdubs real, live drums into the production which elevates the song to new heights. He then uses Elastic Audio to fine tune the live drum groove so it fits perfectly with the programmed drums.

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    Tutorial 10

    Extra Samples

    25:49

    Kenny now goes back and adds extra samples such as crashes, reverse crashes and synth effects to create excitement and impact to the song. Cool automation tricks are also shown.

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    Tutorial 11

    More Keys Please

    14:36

    Kenny Rewires in Propellerhead Reason to add some uplifting piano, string and synth parts to the song. An effected tremolo guitar is then added for even more depth.

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    Tutorial 12

    Printing VIs

    6:48

    Kenny shows you how to print all of your virtual instruments to individual audio tracks in order to save computer power and not have Reason running in the background real-time. He also goes over how to duplicate the send effects on the original VI tracks onto the newly printed audio tracks preserving the effect sound.

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    Tutorial 13

    Power Guitar

    4:30

    Kenny decides to add some heavy electric guitar to the song to make the chorus even more rock sounding, while still preserving the other chorus section elements.

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    Tutorial 14

    Guitar Special FX

    17:52

    See how Kenny creates guitar swells and stuttering filter effects to add even more dynamics to the song.

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    Tutorial 15

    Percussive Guitar

    4:59

    Kenny lays down the 'chick' guitar sound to make the song groove harder.

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    Tutorial 16

    Live Bass

    8:45

    Kenny busts out the bass to give the song a harder edge and groove. He then explores different plug-ins and settings that make up a killer bass tone. He then arranges the live bass into the perfect bass track.

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    Tutorial 17

    Octave Guitar

    10:29

    Kenny creates a thick octave guitar sound to complement the chorus lead vocal line and drive the melody home.

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    Tutorial 18

    Track Grouping

    7:48

    Kenny explains and demonstrates how to manage all of your tracks so you can better navigate and produce your song.

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    Tutorial 19

    Lead Vocals

    7:10

    Kenny is now ready to cut the 'keeper' vocal tracks. He has the singer in the vocal booth and records all the takes and comps the ultimate lead vocal. Auto-Tune is also featured to make the vocals pitch perfect.

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    Tutorial 20

    Vocal Doubling

    6:19

    Kenny demonstrates how he likes to track doubled vocals to make specific parts fatter and more powerful sounding.

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    Tutorial 21

    Harmonies

    8:13

    Kenny breaks down the main vocal harmonies going over their arrangement, panning and placement in the song.

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    Tutorial 22

    Bridge Vocals

    4:46

    See how Kenny treats just the bridge vocals to give them more weight and forward motion as they move into the chorus section.

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    Tutorial 23

    Vocal Special FX

    16:56

    Kenny now creates an interesting vocal break down effect to make the transition into the last chorus more powerful and exciting.

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    Tutorial 24

    Reverse Vocal FX

    9:47

    Discover how Kenny adds a cool reverse vocal reverb effect during different parts of the song to create more forward motion.

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    Tutorial 25

    Automating Vocals FX

    17:44

    Kenny fine tunes the vocal delay effect and dials in the perfect repeat amount and tone on select vocal phrases.

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    Tutorial 26

    One Last Thing

    6:18

    Kenny adds the final percussive element, different hi-hats on the upbeat of the different parts of the song. This really makes an impact on the groove and results in a world-class production.

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    Tutorial 27

    The End

    4:41

    Kenny says some final words and plays the final 'board mix' from beginning to end. This pro-production is now ready to be mixed and mastered!

Kenny Gioia is a multi-platinum producer and engineer who has worked with countless name acts. In this exciting new series, he shows you his method for creating a professional, radio-ready Pop music production, out of nothing more than a rough guide vocal take.

See how it's all done, from programming drum parts, laying down keys, synths and guitars, live bass, real drums, comping the perfect vocal take and more. You'll discover many cool Pro Tools features and functions, as well as shortcuts and tricks that can be applied to any DAW.

This is truly a lesson from a master music producer, revealing the most common steps to achieving a professional Pop music production, as well as things you've never thought of. Take your production skills higher, get "Music Production with Pro Tools Vol 1: Pop" today.

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I've played an instrument since I was 10. Drums and Trumpet. I'm 40 now. I can play a little bit of any instrument. Master of none. Rock bands most of my life.

2. What training have you had?

I was taught trumpet classically from grade school up until I graduated high school. I went to Five Towns College for engineering and learned that you can't just learn this stuff from school. I did graduate though.

3. When did you get into recording?

I've been recording since I was 15. Two cassette players wired to a Radio Shack mixer. Eventually I got an 8 track reel to reel by Fostex. I've used just about every DAW and I started using them before they even recorded audio. Vision and Performer were just MIDI sequencers at the time. Before they became Studio Vision and Digital Performer. I got studio jobs because I knew computer MIDI and most studios didn't. I eventually moved up to Sound Tools which was two track. Then Pro Tools made a Audio Media III card which let you have 4 inputs. Gradually I moved up from there with Pro Tools D24, Pro Tools Mix to HD.

4. People you have worked with/for?

Marcy Playground
Mandy Moore
LFO
Willa Ford
Lee Ann Womack
Paulina Rubio
Hall & Oates
Bayside
Head Automatica
Cute is What We Aim For
FTSK
and many more...

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Hmmm. My Mom always said "Self Praise Stinks". I think it's because I have no ability to talk like a professional announcer, or plan out my teachings. So I teach as if you were sitting next to me. Pretty much off the cuff. I think that engages people more. We're so used to hearing everything done so properly and planned out with unnecessary explanations and proper wording that the brain will actually ignore most of it. Your brain tunes it out like you're back at your desk at school. But if the teacher grabbed you aside and just explained it to you, I believe you'd get more out of it. That is what I try to do.

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