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Bedroom Pop Sound Design Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Synth Keys

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    Lo-fi Keys Pt. 1

    In this video, Thomas introduces the course and shows how to make a lo-fi keys patch using Serum.

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    Lo-fi Keys Pt. 2

    Next, learn how effects processing can be used to further fill out the lo-fi keys sound.

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    Chill Indie Keys

    This video demonstrates some creative uses of the various wavetables and portamento feature to make a dynamic and playable pitch-bending keys sound.

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    80's Bright Textured Keys Pt. 1

    Discover how to create a keyboard sound inspired by the Roland JV-1080 synthesizer. These bright 80's keys are found all over bedroom pop productions.

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    80's Bright Textured Keys Pt. 2

    In this second part, Thomas highlights some effects processing that can be used to bring the patch to life.

Chapter 2 : Leads & Plucks

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    Textured Flute Lead

    Learn how to use the more unusual flange filters in Serum to create complex textures from simple waveforms. This is achieved through the keyboard tracking of these filters.

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    Textured Vocal Lead

    Thomas shows how to take an audio sample of a vocal and use it to generate a custom wavetable in Serum. This creates a hybrid between a sampler and a wavetable synthesizer that gives you a unique texture not possible with a standard synthesizer.

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    Juno 106 Pluck

    Watch how to create a Juno 106/60 inspired pluck sound that's usable in a wide variety of productions.

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    Chorus Guitar Patch

    This video illustrates how to make a chorus guitar patch that's extremely popular in bedroom pop and indie rock songs.

Chapter 3 : Bass Patches

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    Classic Indie Synth Bass

    Learn how to make a classic synth bass tone - another staple of bedroom pop and indie synth tracks. This bass makes use of filter modulation and creative compression to give it tight and crunchy sound.

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    Funky Synth Bass

    Here Thomas shows how to make a funk-inspired synth bass sound, which is applicable in a myriad of productions.

Chapter 4 : Pads & Textures

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    Rhodes Pad

    Discover how to synthesize Rhodes-style patches - and many useful variations thereof - using Serum.

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    Juno Type Pad

    Finally, learn how to make a Juno pad sound inspired by Tame Impala. This patch makes use of vintage modeled wavetables and interesting modulations to get that classic, sought-after Juno sound.

Product Overview


Sound design expert Thomas Cochran presents a comprehensive set of Bedroom Pop Sound Design video tutorials! After the multi-Grammy-winning smash success of Billie Eilish and her partner in crime, brother Finneas O'Connell, the debate over whether you can achieve professional sounds with a DAW in a home studio is all but over. Thomas guides you through the process of creating your own 21st-century sounds, from the comfort of your bedroom, using the versatile Serum plugin, but the techniques shown are applicable to most any wavetable hardware or synth plugin. These videos are for new Bedroom Pop producers.

Thomas welcomes you and kicks things off by demonstrating how to create various keys sounds with Serum, beginning with an evocative lo-fi patch. You'll then discover how to bring the sound to life through the application of various effects to achieve different textures. Next up is an indie pitch-bending patch with portamento that beautifully complements a chilled tune, followed by some bright, textured sounds modeled after the famous Roland JV-1080 synth.

Next, explore various lead and plucked sounds, all of which are staples in modern bedroom pop productions. You'll learn how to apply flange filters to create a textured flute lead and even use the same filters on a vocal sample, creating a hybrid sound not possible with a standard synth. Explore a plucked sound based on the Roland Juno 106/60, and craft a silky chorus guitar patch!

Throughout the rest of the course, you'll follow Thomas through more avenues of sound design, including a classic indie synth bass (using filter modulation and compression) and a funky synth bass that can be applied to a number of styles. Thomas brings things to a close with a couple of expressive pads, modeling various Rhodes-style pads and a classic Juno-type pad that's been recently championed by Tame Impala and others.

To see exactly what these in-depth Bedroom Pop Sound Design tutorials show you, and how they can open a whole new world of creative expression, see the individual Bedroom Pop Sound Design video tutorial descriptions on this page. Start giving your bedroom productions the attention to detail they need ... Watch "Bedroom Pop Sound Design Explained®" now.


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