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EDM Songwriting & Production

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    0:53

    Introduction to the EDM-focused theory and practice that we’ll cover in this course.

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    Tutorial 2

    EDM Structure & Arrangements

    4:16

    This video explores phrasing and how EDM tracks are structured.

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    Tutorial 3

    Locators & Color Coding

    5:39

    You have many tools available to help with structure and arrangements, locators and color coding.

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    Tutorial 4

    Kick Drums Explained

    8:45

    Kick drums are massively important in EDM, and this video explains the key components of those kicks.

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    Tutorial 5

    Using & Creating Kicks

    13:38

    This video demonstrates using fades with kick samples, then how to make a kick drum from scratch.

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    Tutorial 6

    Writing Synth Parts

    11:35

    We discuss creating melody variations, counterpoint melody, syncopation, and arpeggios.

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    Tutorial 7

    MIDI Writing Shortcuts & Arpeggiators

    9:56

    This video covers the tools to help you write synth parts, demonstrates some midi writing shortcuts, and explores arpeggiators.

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    Tutorial 8

    Understanding Bass

    7:31

    Let’s explore the kick-bass relationship, then how harmonics work and how this effects sound design and mixing.

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    Tutorial 9

    Bass Processing Tools

    12:36

    You can use sidechain compression to control the kick-bass relationship, then distortion and filtering to shape harmonics.

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    Tutorial 10

    Builds Explained

    9:50

    This video will teach you how builds work in terms of timing and tension.

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    Tutorial 11

    Let's Make a Build

    10:56

    Let’s create a build from scratch using the theory outlined in the preceding video.

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    Tutorial 12

    Groove & Quantization

    5:03

    This video shows you how to write parts ‘off the grid.’

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    Tutorial 13

    How to Apply Groove & Humanization

    7:53

    There are different ways we can add groove, including drum loops, recording, midi editing, and effects.

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    Tutorial 14

    Reverb & Delay

    7:36

    What are reverb and delay, and how do we use them in EDM?

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    Tutorial 15

    Reverb Workflows & Delay Types

    9:45

    This video demonstrates how we can creatively use reverb, and also shows how to use two standard delay types.

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    Tutorial 16

    Sound Effects Explained

    5:00

    Let’s explore the uses of sound effects in EDM music: guiding the listener, filling up the mix, and building anticipation.

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    Tutorial 17

    Using & Creating Sound Effects

    10:03

    This video demonstrates some tricks when using sound effect samples, and how to make a sound effect from scratch.

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    Tutorial 18

    Understanding Dynamics in EDM

    6:12

    This video looks at dynamics—and sometimes the lack thereof—in EDM.

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    Tutorial 19

    Dynamic Processing Tools

    7:21

    We can shape dynamics using limiters and compressors.

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    Tutorial 20

    Stereo Width Explained

    5:25

    Let’s talk about the stereo image, and how to approach it in EDM.

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    Tutorial 21

    Stereo Imaging Tools

    5:14

    This video explores tools available to shape the stereo image, including panning and unison.

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    Tutorial 22

    Approaches to Songwriting

    5:12

    There are two different approaches for songwriting in EDM.

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    Tutorial 23

    Automation Tricks & Audio Routing Options

    10:52

    We end the series with a demonstration of useful automation techniques and audio routing workflows.

Adam Pollard aka Multiplier returns with a powerhouse 3-hour tutorial series that teaches you the important fundamentals of EDM songwriting and production. Experience and learn how to create your own pulsing, grooving, and inspiring EDM Tracks!

The series begins with a primer on EDM structure and arranging. After a video on organizational tips on keeping your project color coded, Multiplier spends a few videos exploring both the impact and design of Kick Drums in EDM music. That leads directly into a few videos on writing Synth Parts.

Multiplier then explores the use of Bass in EDM and how to go about designing the perfect EDM Bass Sounds. With Kicks, Synths, and Bass covered, Multiplier discusses more production related elements of EDM music, with videos on Builds, Groove Quantization, Processors such as Reverb and Delay, and Sound Effects.

Moving on Multiplier delivers some “big picture” videos on the importance of Stereo and how Stereo Width enhances the listener’s experience of your track, and how different approaches to EDM songwriting create different outcomes.

Finally, Multiplier demonstrates a few Automation Tricks and Audio Routing Options to add that final polish before your song goes out into the world.

If you’re new to writing and creating EDM music, or you just want some more insight on the topic, don’t miss “EDM Songwriting & Production” today!

Eugenio Jedi Martinez
Submitted 1 week ago

Awesome !!

I think this is just awesome, useful and priceless information, thumbs up Multiplier :)

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multimarty
Submitted 6 months ago

Decent Primer

The author is obviously very knowledgeable of his topic.Still, for anybody who doesn't use Ableton it could be tough especially for a real beginner.So i'll recommend either a good understanding of Ableton or be an advance beginner.

I am a: Student, Beat Maker, FL Studio

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pnmelancon
Submitted 6 months ago

Helpful Overview of Basics

Broad concepts are explained well regardless of what DAW you are using.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase, Logic Pro

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Bigfrog
Submitted 7 months ago

Decent overview of the capabilities of a DAW for beginners

These videos are a pretty good intro for what a DAW can do. I would think this would be good for beginners of any DAW (and any style of music) but the author does not describe how the techniques can be applied to DAWs other than Ableton. If you're intermediate or advanced there's not too much here for you.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician

Response from Customer Service:

Hi John and thank you for the kind words! We agree that these videos are a good intro for EDM songwriting and production in a DAW.
The authors focus is the DAW he is most familiar with so the tutorial is shot in Ableton but the techniques can be applied across all DAW's
As this is geared towards beginners, I will add a request for a more advanced tutorial for intermediates.
Thanks again!
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Avonocado
Submitted 8 months ago

Brilliant

Just brilliant. Helps newbies a lot.

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Hyperfunc
Submitted 8 months ago

Concise and very helpful!

Really appreciate

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streetname
Submitted 9 months ago

Adam's The Man

This video series so far has been a huge asset to reminding myself that you can always learn something new every day. Thank you!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live

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openarms
Submitted 9 months ago

great

one of the best I have seen

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro

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dominikbrendan
Submitted 10 months ago

Awesome!

Thanks for this course. Although I rarely use Ableton - now I am more conscious of the basic production techniques.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Ableton Live, Pro Tools

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Pawnee
Submitted 10 months ago

Easy to understand!

This helped me for more acknowledge

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, FL Studio

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started producing music just over 5 years ago, right about when Skrillex's Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP dropped.

2. What training have you had?

I'm fully self-taught, and haven't had any formal training. I use online resources and learn a lot by talking to other producers about how they do things too.

3. When did you get into recording?

(same answer as number 1)

4. People you have worked with/for?

DJTechTools, iZotope, Output, CAPSUN Pro Audio, Loopmasters, Plugin Boutique, Industrial Strength, 5Pin Media

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I've had a lot of experience in the EDM space, from producing tracks and sample packs that have charted on sites like Beatport, through to DJing internationally and running a record label. And on the training side I've produced thousands of tutorials, and also tutor people one to one.

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EDM Songwriting & Production is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome !! I think this is just awesome, useful and priceless information, thumbs up Multiplier :)
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Decent Primer The author is obviously very knowledgeable of his topic.Still, for anybody who doesn't use Ableton it could be tough especially for a real beginner.So i'll recommend either a good understanding of Ableton or be an advance beginner.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from Decent overview of the capabilities of a DAW for beginners These videos are a pretty good intro for what a DAW can do. I would think this would be good for beginners of any DAW (and any style of music) but the author does not describe how the techniques can be applied to DAWs other than Ableton. If you're intermediate or advanced there's not too much here for you.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Helpful Overview of Basics Broad concepts are explained well regardless of what DAW you are using.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Brilliant Just brilliant. Helps newbies a lot.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Concise and very helpful! Really appreciate
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Adam's The Man This video series so far has been a huge asset to reminding myself that you can always learn something new every day. Thank you!
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from great one of the best I have seen
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome! Thanks for this course. Although I rarely use Ableton - now I am more conscious of the basic production techniques.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Easy to understand! This helped me for more acknowledge
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from For Beginners Fundamentals. I wasn't sure what to expect with this but it's basically all stuff I've already figured out on my own anyway. For beginners it would probably be helpful and time-saving. Some videos could be a bit more in-depth.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great for those starting out If you are done learning the technical aspects of a DAW, and some beginner terminology, this will help you to begin to craft and complete real songs.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from EDM Really good course with some neat tricks and tips to really get started on producing
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial... Covers all aspects of basic EDM creaton in an extremely clear way. Hard to improve on this !
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent tutorial with clear examples This is a great tutorial that explains the format of the typical EDM song and the elements usually found in it, and a number of important things to know about for making a song sound good. Mr Pollard does a great job explaining these things and uses good and clear examples to illustrate points. This is definitely useful for anyone new to writing electronic dance music.
Date published: 2016-09-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Well thought out I haven't finished this yet but after a 3 year break of music I'm liking the tips to get me back
Date published: 2016-09-13
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Glad I viewed the course In a few veideos, where focused lots of subjects. Really a compreensive tutorial.
Date published: 2016-08-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Best Ableton Intro Tutorial The teacher was very thorough and accessible. Good lessons on a variety of topics. Best introductory tutorial I have seen yet and it helped me get started.
Date published: 2016-07-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from nicely packaged approach to constructing EDM Nice to have a good overall and inclusive approach rather than a "watch me make a track" type of tutorial. Very much appreciate the detail given where it matters such as straight forward explanations of subjects such as tension release etc. Great for someone setting out on production and plenty of tips for the seasoned producer too.
Date published: 2016-07-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Worth the watch EDM has not previously been of great interest to me, being a young 55 years old. However, I have enjoyed his clear and concise instruction of EDM techniques that can be applied to other genders of music.
Date published: 2016-03-21