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Creating a Vintage Movie Score Inspired Beat

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Chapter 1 : Intro

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    Introduction

    In the first video of the course, Thomas introduces the sample that will be created and also the beat that will be made from the sample.

Chapter 2 : Making the Sample

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    Making the Sample Pt. 1

    To start off the song we first need to make the vintage movie score inspired sample. Thomas shows you how to take a mellotron sampler and create some vibey guitar and pad layers.

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    Making the Sample Pt. 2

    Thomas now rounds out the first 8 bars of the sample by adding additional layers and a vintage inspired brass lead.

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    Making the Sample Pt. 3

    See how to add string layers to the second half of the sample, which fills out the sound providing additional material to work with during the arrangement and slicing process.

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    Processing the Sample

    Learn how to process audio samples to make them sound like they were recorded from an old record.

Chapter 3 : Making the Beat

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    Slicing & Re-pitching Sample

    This video covers sample slicing and re-pitching, to create a new melodic sequence from the sample which will be used as the basis for the song.

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    Adding Drums

    Watch how to create the rhythm for the song using a variety of different drum samples, as well as what type of samples are used in modern trap beats.

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    Adding the 808 Pt. 1

    Learn how to process and arrange 808 sounds for modern trap productions.

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    Adding the 808 Pt. 2

    This video covers how to add additional mid range harmonics to the 808, so that the mix translates to a verity of speakers. This video also covers the melodic arrangement.

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    Reese Bass

    Watch how to create a textured Reese bass layer for the main 808. This synth will make it easier to hear the 808 on cheeper speakers and also add flavor.

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    Texture Boom Layer for 808

    To add some additional punch to the 808, Thomas shows you how to take a simple sample and add it as a layer to the kick.

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    Adding Bass Guitar

    Watch how to add a vintage inspired bass guitar to the track, including how to use this to add variation for a verse part.

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    Adding Percussion

    Thomas now demonstrates how to add some simple percussion to give life to the rhythm section of the track, which enhances the main beat and adds a nice brightness to the drums.

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    Adding Chords Pt. 1

    See how to create an additional chord layer for the main section of the song using a Rhodes keyboard, that will add additional flavor to the sample.

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    Adding Chords Pt. 2

    Learn how to use some of Ableton?s built in features to create chords directly from the original audio sample. This will then be used as a sketch for making the main chord melody.

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    Adding Final Texture Layer

    To fill out the verse section Thomas adds a resampled harp from the Arturia CMI sampler. This creates a lo-fi flavor and also provides some melodic variation to the verse.

Chapter 4 : Arrangment

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    Quick Beat Arrangement

    This video shows you how to make the basic arrangement and song structure of the track.

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    Arrangement Variation

    To wrap up the course, Thomas shows you how to make interesting fills to add more exciting and movement to the song.

Product Overview


Studio wiz Thomas Cochran brings you detailed beat production video tutorials! See how to make a complete "vintage movie score" inspired beat, step-by-step using many of today's popular plug-ins and instruments. The videos are shot with Ableton Live, but the info can be applied to any DAW. This series is for those who are already familiar with using their DAW, but want to learn to make a vintage sounding beat. You also get the samples and Ableton Live projects used in the videos so you can follow along on your studio system.

Thomas greets you and then starts at the beginning, by playing the sample that will be created and the beat that will be made from the sample, followed by 3 in-depth videos on crafting the rough sample from scratch. Watch as Thomas shows you how to create and layer vibey guitar, pad, brass lead, and string samples, and make them sound like they were recorded from an old record, via numerous processing techniques that utilize these instruments and effects:

Arturia Mellotron V

Arturia CMI V

Arturia Stage-73 V

Serum

NI Kontakt Scarbee Rickenbacker Bass

Fab Filter Pro Q

Fab Filter Pro R

Sound Toys Little Radiator

SoundToys Echo Boy

Sound Toys Decapitator

Acme Audio Opticom XLA-3

Purple Audio MC 77

Blackbox Audio HG-2

Waves J37 Tape

Now it's time to make the beat! Thomas rolls up his sleeves and teaches you how to slice and re-pitch the sample for even more vintage flavor, add then adds drums, including the venerable 808 for kick drum duty, a fat Reese Bass, cool percussion, and a vintage inspired bass guitar for even more retro grooviness.

Then you'll see how to create chords directly from the original audio sample, which will then be used as a sketch for making the main chord melody, and then utilize a resampled harp sound from the Arturia CMI sampler, which gives everything a lo-fi flavor while providing melodic variation to the arrangement. Last but not least, Thomas reveals how to make the basic arrangement and structure of the track, plus how to make interesting fills that add more excitement and movement to the song.

To see what these comprehensive beat making tutorials show you, and how they'll teach you to add that "vintage movie vibe" to any sample or beat, see the individual beat production video tutorial descriptions on this page. Go back in time and bring that classic recording sound to your future beats and productions now... Watch "Creating a Vintage Movie Score Inspired Beat" today.


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Thomas Cochran electronic musician and multi instrumentalist from Austin Texas, who now lives in Los Angeles. He focuses on creating electronic music that features both ambient and classical influences.

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing music at a young age, starting with classical guitar. This started my love for music and eventually expanded into learning other instruments as well. To date, I have had over ten years of classical experience and training as well as additional instrumental experience.

2. What training have you had?

I grew up studying classical guitar and composition and eventually started applying my classical knowledge to learning other instruments as well, ranging from violin, cello, keys, and drums.

3. When did you get intro recording?

I got into recording out of necessity when me and some friends started a band back in high school and couldn't afford studio time. Through this, I learned about music production and recording and haven't looked back since.

4. Why are you so good at training people?

I love learning about the technical aspects of music production, this helps me understand the how music production works under the hood. I have also worked for several years creating music production tutorials online.

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