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Downtempo Trap for Beginners

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Chapter 1 : Getting Started

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    Starting with a Piano Recording

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

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    Layering an 808 Bass Recording with a Piano

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

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    Arranging a Recorded Piano & Bass Part Together

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

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    Arranging a Kick Drum with an 808 Bass Part

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

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    Arranging a Half-Time Snare Drum Part

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

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    Keeping a Time Pulse with Hi-Hats & Percussion

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

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    Song Form Arranging

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

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    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

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    Piano High Pass Filter Automation

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

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    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

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    Track Volume & Level Balancing

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

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    Widen Hi Hats & Percussion with Track Pan

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    Visualize the Stereo Image with Ozone Imager

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

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    Maintain dB Level with Compression

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

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    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.

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    Automating a Volume Fadeout

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

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    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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Million Miles
Submitted 2 months ago

awesome.

now i have a better idea of what's involved in making a trap track.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Beat Maker, Pro Tools


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Sherbitz
Submitted 2 months ago

Well...it's something.

Very basic track production for the absolute beginner. About as uninspired as a tutorial can get though. If you're a young gun who just got Ableton and has watched no other tutorials and hasn't produced a single beat yet, then this may get you started.

Response from :

Thanks for your review! Yes, as per the tutorial product description, this series is designed exactly for the person you described, someone who "hasn't produced a single beat yet". Thanks again.

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Bakkbeats
Submitted 3 months ago

helpful and accurate

This has helped me analyze what I'm hearing in hip-hop beats and understand how they are made. Very informative and useful.

I am a: Beginner, Student, Musician, Audio Engineer, Digital Performer, Pro Tools


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Free2
Submitted 3 months ago

Terrible excuse for a tutorial.

To date, this is the only terrible tutorial I've found on this website. The tutorial acts like Abelton is the only DAW you can produce trap in which is ironic considering how terrible this guy is at using Abelton. Watching him right click to duplicate audio files was grating. I'm pretty sure most people could use Audacity quicker than this guy can use Abelton. Aside from that, this tutorial fails at its only objective -it doesn't teach the basics of trap! It teaches you how to pull in loops and clips and erroneously teaches you what an 808 is, but doesn't teach you how to actually create any of this yourself which is the most important part of actually producing something worth listening to! And to top it all off, he calls all of these basic things "arrangement techniques." Pasting a bad snare sample onto the third beat of a measure is as much an "arrangement technique" as putting your car in drive is a "driving technique!"

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, FL Studio, Studio One

Response from :

Thanks for your review! We're so sorry you didn't find the tutorials helpful. Just so you know these videos are for the absolute beginner who wants to start making Trap music. It appears you are too advanced in your production skills for this series, simply by fact that you feel pasting the snare isn't an arrangement technique. For someone who has no DAW skills, pasting the snare is a real eye opener when you're just starting out. We do have more advanced Trap production tutorials on the site. Just use the search word "Trap" and you'll find them. Thanks again!

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losmandu
Submitted 4 months ago

Quick, easy and informative

Quick, easy and informative


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TVPNYC
Submitted 4 months ago

I adore Groove3, but...

...this tutorial is subpar at best. I’m giving all the following 5-stars because Groove3, its interface and the quality of tutorials are continually fantastic and of a very high caliber. This tutorial, however, looks (and it taught by) someone that needs to find a home on YouTube.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools


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JSOG
Submitted 4 months ago

Straightforward song composition

A clear and straightforward introduction of song composition which can be applied in any DAW.

I am a: Semi-Pro


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Million Miles
Submitted 2 months ago

awesome.

now i have a better idea of what's involved in making a trap track.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Beat Maker, Pro Tools

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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Sherbitz
Submitted 2 months ago

Well...it's something.

Very basic track production for the absolute beginner. About as uninspired as a tutorial can get though. If you're a young gun who just got Ableton and has watched no other tutorials and hasn't produced a single beat yet, then this may get you started.

Response from :

Thanks for your review! Yes, as per the tutorial product description, this series is designed exactly for the person you described, someone who "hasn't produced a single beat yet". Thanks again.
Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Bakkbeats
Submitted 3 months ago

helpful and accurate

This has helped me analyze what I'm hearing in hip-hop beats and understand how they are made. Very informative and useful.

I am a: Beginner, Student, Musician, Audio Engineer, Digital Performer, Pro Tools

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Free2
Submitted 3 months ago

Terrible excuse for a tutorial.

To date, this is the only terrible tutorial I've found on this website. The tutorial acts like Abelton is the only DAW you can produce trap in which is ironic considering how terrible this guy is at using Abelton. Watching him right click to duplicate audio files was grating. I'm pretty sure most people could use Audacity quicker than this guy can use Abelton. Aside from that, this tutorial fails at its only objective -it doesn't teach the basics of trap! It teaches you how to pull in loops and clips and erroneously teaches you what an 808 is, but doesn't teach you how to actually create any of this yourself which is the most important part of actually producing something worth listening to! And to top it all off, he calls all of these basic things "arrangement techniques." Pasting a bad snare sample onto the third beat of a measure is as much an "arrangement technique" as putting your car in drive is a "driving technique!"

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, FL Studio, Studio One

Response from :

Thanks for your review! We're so sorry you didn't find the tutorials helpful. Just so you know these videos are for the absolute beginner who wants to start making Trap music. It appears you are too advanced in your production skills for this series, simply by fact that you feel pasting the snare isn't an arrangement technique. For someone who has no DAW skills, pasting the snare is a real eye opener when you're just starting out. We do have more advanced Trap production tutorials on the site. Just use the search word "Trap" and you'll find them. Thanks again!
Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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losmandu
Submitted 4 months ago

Quick, easy and informative

Quick, easy and informative

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TVPNYC
Submitted 4 months ago

I adore Groove3, but...

...this tutorial is subpar at best. I’m giving all the following 5-stars because Groove3, its interface and the quality of tutorials are continually fantastic and of a very high caliber. This tutorial, however, looks (and it taught by) someone that needs to find a home on YouTube.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

JSOG
Submitted 4 months ago

Straightforward song composition

A clear and straightforward introduction of song composition which can be applied in any DAW.

I am a: Semi-Pro

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Josh Bess is a music producer and educator, born and raised in New York, currently based in Tokyo, Japan. 
Josh Bess is an Amazon Books Top Selling author in the music category with his book, Electronic Dance Music Grooves published with Hal Leonard Corporation. 
 
Josh has music production, composition, and artist credits with Disney, Nickelodeon, MTV, Amazon Fashion Week TOKYO, and more, along with original music releases with electronic music labels, such as Armada Music, Bosphorus Underground Recordings and Naschkatze Underground Recordings.
 
Josh offers private teaching to aspiring music producers on his website, http://www.joshbess.live.

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    In this Josh Bess Ableton Live Webinar, you’ll see how to create a full song from a simple one-shot vocal sample including how to get started, progress, and finish as well as other helpful techniques!

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Downtempo Trap for Beginners is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 7 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from awesome. now i have a better idea of what's involved in making a trap track.
Date published: 2020-05-19
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from helpful and accurate This has helped me analyze what I'm hearing in hip-hop beats and understand how they are made. Very informative and useful.
Date published: 2020-04-13
Rated 0.5 out of 5 by from Terrible excuse for a tutorial. To date, this is the only terrible tutorial I've found on this website. The tutorial acts like Abelton is the only DAW you can produce trap in which is ironic considering how terrible this guy is at using Abelton. Watching him right click to duplicate audio files was grating. I'm pretty sure most people could use Audacity quicker than this guy can use Abelton. Aside from that, this tutorial fails at its only objective -it doesn't teach the basics of trap! It teaches you how to pull in loops and clips and erroneously teaches you what an 808 is, but doesn't teach you how to actually create any of this yourself which is the most important part of actually producing something worth listening to! And to top it all off, he calls all of these basic things "arrangement techniques." Pasting a bad snare sample onto the third beat of a measure is as much an "arrangement technique" as putting your car in drive is a "driving technique!"
Date published: 2020-04-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Quick, easy and informative Quick, easy and informative
Date published: 2020-03-13
Rated 1.0 out of 5 by from I adore Groove3, but... ...this tutorial is subpar at best. I’m giving all the following 5-stars because Groove3, its interface and the quality of tutorials are continually fantastic and of a very high caliber. This tutorial, however, looks (and it taught by) someone that needs to find a home on YouTube.
Date published: 2020-02-28
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Straightforward song composition A clear and straightforward introduction of song composition which can be applied in any DAW.
Date published: 2020-02-25
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Well...it's something. Very basic track production for the absolute beginner. About as uninspired as a tutorial can get though. If you're a young gun who just got Ableton and has watched no other tutorials and hasn't produced a single beat yet, then this may get you started.
Date published: 1969-12-31
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