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Downtempo for Beginners

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Chapter 1 : Song Writing & Arranging

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    In this lesson, Josh introduces you to the Downtempo for Beginners course.

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    Getting Started with Ableton Live 10

    In this video, you will learn how to get started with Ableton Live 10.

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    Starting with a Recorded Guitar

    See and hear why this guitar recording is perfect for the main foundation of this Downtempo song.

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    Choosing the Best Drum Loop

    In this lesson, learn how to add a recorded drum part to your music.

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    Humanizing a Drum Hit with Warping

    In this video, you will learn how to manipulate the rhythm of a drum recording with warping in Live 10.

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    Transforming a Clock into a Percussion Part

    See how to turn a recording of a clock into a cool percussive instrument.

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    Enhance the Backbeat with Claps

    In this lesson, you'll learn how to arrange a backbeat clap pattern.

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    Create an Atmospheric Background Effect

    Discover how to create a spatial effect with with a Vocal and Frozen Reverb in Live 10.

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    Bass Notes with a Frequency Visualizer

    In this video, you'll explore how to visualize the notes of your music with a frequency visualizer.

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    Humanizing a MIDI Bass Part

    Learn how to manipulate the rhythm of your MIDI bass part, giving it a more humanized feel, as well as make it fit better with an existing Guitar part.

Chapter 2 : Sound Design & Recording

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    Adjusting Pitch with a Frequency Shifter

    See how to adjust the pitch of non-tonal instruments with frequency shifter in Live 10.

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    Humanizing a MIDI Synthesized Bass Part

    In this video, you'll learn how to humanize the tone of your MIDI instruments with sound design.

Chapter 3 : Mixing & Mastering

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    Volume Balancing & Metering

    Learn all about how to start the mixing process with track level balancing.

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    Mixing with EQ

    In this lesson, you will learn how to mix frequency levels with EQ.

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    Stereo Width & Panning

    Josh now shows you how to widen the stereo image of your song with track pan in Live 10.

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    Adjusting Stereo Width with Auto Pan

    In this lesson, you will learn how to automate the panning of a track with Auto Pan in Live 10.

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    Adjusting Stereo Width with Utility

    Explore how to adjust the stereo width of a track with Utility in Live 10.

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    Creating Space for Drums with Sidechain Compression

    In this video, see how to use Sidechain Compression to create space for your drums in the mix.

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    Balancing Levels with a Multi-Band Compressor

    Josh now shows you how to balance levels of specific frequency spectrums in your song with multi-band compression.

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    Increasing Volume & Managing Dynamic Range

    In this lesson, see how to boost and maintain the dB level of your master track with FabFilter Pro-L 2 limiter.

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    Exporting Music with a Volume Fadeout

    Discover how to export a master audio file of your final song including a classic fade out effect.

Product Overview

Production guru Josh Bess delivers an in-depth Downtempo production video tutorial series! See how to make your first beat in this popular 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 beat.

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 begin, Josh welcomes you and shows you how to get set up with Ableton Live, and then starts with a vibey guitar part, and explains why it's perfect for the foundation of this Downtempo song.

Next, Josh goes over how to choose a great drum loop, humanize the percussion and bass parts for a better feel, creative sound design ideas such as turning a clock tick sound into a cool percussion part, enhance the groove further with claps, make atmospheric background effects, and much more.

Moving on Josh goes into the ways to mix and master downtempo, keeping to the genre's true sound by utilizing proper volume balancing and metering, using the right amount of EQ, stereo width and panning, getting creative with Auto-Pan, Sidechain Compression, and Multi-Band Compression and other tools, and finally, how to export your song with a slow fade out.

To see what these comprehensive Downtempo production tutorials show you, and how you'll make your first Downtempo beat fast and easy, see the individual Downtempo video tutorial descriptions on this page. Get down with the Downtempo genre today... Watch "Downtempo for Beginners" now!

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Downtempo for Beginners is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 13 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This course is awesome! nice and clear to learn
Date published: 2020-07-28
Rated 0.5 out of 5 by from An Ad For FabFilter A truly terrible tutorial. For one, the instructor never explains certain navigational issues key to beginners. But worst of all, about 30% of the tutorial involves the use of something not provided by Abelton, namely FabFilter.
Date published: 2020-04-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Learning A lot Good way to learn Live 10
Date published: 2020-02-24
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good beginners course This course is pretty good about sticking to the basics and not dwelling to long on any one topic IMO. My only critique would e about the use of high end (I.E. Expensive) plug ins on a course aimed at beginners, who are more likely to be learning while using "stock" or perhaps a few free plug-ins. Otherwise, very good and the course wandered just enough out of the basics to present a few unexpected bonus ideas. Thank you! (P.S. I am taking a few points off for some issues with viewing via mobile devices. It can be hard to navigate back to the index.)
Date published: 2020-02-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This course is great and simple! i loved it:) Simple and clear:)
Date published: 2020-02-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I think is good for a beginner, and and also who is NOT a professional. The teacher give me a lot of stuff and ideas!
Date published: 2020-02-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great technics in context I like how the author explains and showcases all music production technics though a short and relatively simple piece of music. That allow us to focus on the technics and eventually apply it later in other contexts
Date published: 2020-01-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Useful even when you think you know what you are doing! I only watched this because I had some time to fill in learning new things, but I didn't want a difficult topic. And yet I picked many useful things. I understand music theory and have some experience in the domain, hence this was a little slow for me (but I can see how useful it is for less experienced people). I liked the ploy for how people with little knowledge of music theory can still write some meaningful MIDI for the bass part. I don't need for this particular purpose, but it will come useful in other situations. The chosen examples/music loops illustrate very well the concepts described.
Date published: 2020-01-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Useful video Very methodical and organized workflow without being technical. Great before and after results straight to the point without too much rule enforcement, but trustworthy guidelines of the basics.
Date published: 2020-01-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from great primer worth watching for all levels
Date published: 2020-01-13
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Learned a load of new techniques I like the focused nature of each video and the fact that the files are available for download to practice with
Date published: 2020-01-12
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very nice beginners course Even though most of this stuff wasn't new for me, I still enjoyed this very much. The only thing I think would be nice if we started out with samples that had less fx on them already. Both the guitar and vocal sample are very wet already and knowing how to add these atmospheres (reverb etc.) to these samples would have taken this course to the next level.
Date published: 2020-01-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very valuable!!! I picked up some very valuable info from watching this as he explains everything very well. I'm already applying what I learned from this to my own productions!
Date published: 2020-01-11
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