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Downtempo Trap for Beginners

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Chapter 1 : Getting Started

  • Starting with a Piano Recording 1:26

    Starting with a Piano Recording

    In this lesson, you'll learn how to start a song with a recorded piano recording.

  • Layering an 808 Bass Recording with a Piano 0:57

    Layering an 808 Bass Recording with a Piano

    See how to layer an 808 bass with a piano recording.

  • Arranging a Recorded Piano & Bass Part Together 3:56

    Arranging a Recorded Piano & Bass Part Together

    Watch how to arrange a piano track and bass track simultaneously.

  • Arranging a Kick Drum with an 808 Bass Part 2:39

    Arranging a Kick Drum with an 808 Bass Part

    In this lesson, learn how to arrange a kick drum with an 808 bass recording.

  • Arranging a Half-Time Snare Drum Part 2:27

    Arranging a Half-Time Snare Drum Part

    Watch how to arrange a half time backbeat snare drum pattern.

  • Keeping a Time Pulse with Hi-Hats & Percussion 2:54

    Keeping a Time Pulse with Hi-Hats & Percussion

    Learn how to arrange a hi-hat to create a time pulse for your music.

  • Song Form Arranging 7:29

    Song Form Arranging

    In this lesson, you will learn how to arrange a song form in your DAW.

  • Arranging Transitions with a Reverse Snare Drum 1:41

    Arranging Transitions with a Reverse Snare Drum

    Explore how to create a reversed snare drum effect as a transitions effect making a smoother lead in to the next part of your song.

Chapter 2 : Sound Design & Track Management

  • Piano High Pass Filter Automation 7:19

    Piano High Pass Filter Automation

    Discover how to morph the tone of a piano with high pass filter automation.

  • Finalize Your Song with Freeze & Flatten 4:02

    Finalize Your Song with Freeze & Flatten

    In this lesson, learn how to render your mixdown to audio with freeze and flatten in your DAW.

Chapter 3 : Mixing & Mastering

  • Track Volume & Level Balancing 2:36

    Track Volume & Level Balancing

    Watch how to start the mixing process with basic track level balancing.

  • Widen Hi Hats & Percussion with Track Pan 1:19

    Widen Hi Hats & Percussion with Track Pan

    See how to widen the stereo image of your song with track pan in your DAW.

  • Simultaneously View the Arrangement View & Session View 0:54

    Simultaneously View the Arrangement View & Session View

    Specific to Ableton Live, learn how to view both the Arrangement View and Session View in Live 10 with a second window. But you can apply the idea to any DAW.

  • Visualize the Frequency Spectrum with SPAN 0:42

    Visualize the Frequency Spectrum with SPAN

    In this lesson, you will learn how to visualize the frequency spectrum of your music to better cause what is going on sonically, with the free plugin SPAN.

  • Visualize the Stereo Image with Ozone Imager 0:48

    Visualize the Stereo Image with Ozone Imager

    Now see how to visualize the stereo image of your music with the free plugin, Ozone Imager.

  • Maintain dB Level with Compression 1:57

    Maintain dB Level with Compression

    Learn how to maintain the dB level of your master output with a Compressor for a more consistent volume.

  • Maintain & Boost dB Level with FabFilter Pro-L 2 1:41

    Maintain & Boost dB Level with FabFilter Pro-L 2

    In this lesson, you'll learn how to boost and maintain the dB level of your master track with the popular paid for FabFilter Pro-L 2 plug-in.

  • Automating a Volume Fadeout 1:48

    Automating a Volume Fadeout

    See how to automate a volume fadeout for the end of your song in your DAW.

  • Export Your Final Master 2:32

    Export Your Final Master

    In this final lesson, learn how to export a master audio file of your final song for all the world to hear.

Product Overview


Production wiz Josh Bess delivers an in-depth Downtempo Trap production video tutorial series! See and hear how to make your first beat in this trending genre, including sound design, editing, mixing and mastering for a polished, professional sounding track. These videos are designed for beginner producers looking to make their first Downtempo Trap beat. Course extras to create your own music and follow along with this course are included!

A basic understanding of music production in the Live 10 Arrangement View is recommended to get the most out of this course, but you can also apply this info to any DAW, so everyone can learn and benefit from the instruction. To start, Josh welcomes you and shows you how to start your track off with a recorded piano part, perfect for the genre.

Next, you'll learn how to layer an 808 bass sound with the piano part and arrange them for a solid harmonic foundation, and then add kicks, snares and hats to complete the classic trap beat groove. Josh also shows you how to create and add in transitions with a reverse snare sound to make going into the different parts of the song more seamless.

Sound design is next, and you'll discover how to morph the tone of the piano with high pass filter automation, as well as manage your tracks by freezing and flattening them in your DAW. The rest of the videos are all about mixing and mastering, and Josh shows you volume and track leveling basics, using track compression, buss dynamics, frequency spectrum and imaging plug-ins for mastering, automation and more.

To see what these detailed Downtempo Trap production tutorials show you, and how you can easily create your first Downtempo Trap beat, see the individual Downtempo Trap video tutorial descriptions on this page. Get trapped in the wonders of the Downtempo Trap genre... Watch "Downtempo Trap for Beginners" today!


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