Xfer Records Tutorial

EDM Sound Design with Serum

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    Tutorial 1

    Future Bass Chords

    5:32

    See how to produce LFO modulated chord stabs for Future Bass and similar styles, including synchronizing note and length, and LFO speed.

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    Tutorial 2

    Trap Lead

    10:22

    Explore synthesizing a dirty, rich lead stab for Trap / Dubstep. Learn how to dial in layered modulation to create harmonic movement, and use macros for added control.

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    Tutorial 3

    Progressive House Pluck

    6:14

    See how to create pristine attacks using pitch and filter modulation, as well as using modulation to create interesting arrangements.

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    Tutorial 4

    Dubstep Bass

    13:05

    Explore making crazy twisted bass sounds using custom waveforms produced within Serum, Resampling within Serum, and layering foley to add cool, organic high end.

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    Tutorial 5

    Deep House

    12:32

    See how to make warm bass sounds suitable for Deep House / Bass music using pitch envelopes to add attacks and transients and more.

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    Tutorial 6

    Wobble House Bass

    13:27

    Discover how using Frequency Modulation in Serum can make tight rhythmic bass patches that are adaptable to Wobble House or Dubstep. Explore using LFO modulation values to tempo lock modulation can create even more interesting sounds.

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    Tutorial 7

    Tech House

    6:34

    See how to make minor chord stabs for Tech House, tuning oscillators, creating FX chains to fit the sound in the mix and more!

Xfer Record’s Serum is one of the most popular synths in Electronic Dance Music today. In this video tutorial series EDM producer Larry Holcombe reveals the steps to take, to make killer EDM sounds with super synth Serum!

Larry covers some of the most popular EDM genres such as Future Bass, Trap, Progressive House, Dubstep, Deep House, Wobble House, and Tech House. See how to make the defining sounds of these genres from scratch, all with Serum, and produce authentic sounding EDM tracks that stand out.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you’re into producing EDM and have Serum, checkout “EDM Sound Design with Serum” and make killer synth tracks now.

fxbizzo
Submitted 1 week ago

You nailed it

Fantastic. Very very helpful and easy to follow. I found all the videos valuable even though many aren't my specific genre. Cheers!

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sevendsix
Submitted 6 months ago

Very cool tips!

Thank you I learned a lot of new Serum tricks!

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Producer, Beat Maker, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro

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Deaz
Submitted 7 months ago

Loved it

Overall, I thought it was very helpful and I can't wait to use some of these tips in my productions.

I am a: Professional, Producer, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro

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DigitEyes
Submitted 8 months ago

Very Inspiring!

It was fun and informative to go through this series and get a sort of hands-on look at sound design in Serum for practical use. It's like getting experience, or reps in Serum, but guided by someone who actually knows what they're doing. This series helped me internalize conceptually what is happening in Serum so that when I go to create my own sounds, I can know what I'm doing without spending too much time with trial and error. I can cut right to the sort of sound I want to create and have enough understanding of the controls to fine tune my sound to exactly what I'm after.

I am a: Beginner, Student, Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Studio One

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madvi11ain
Submitted 9 months ago

Very helpful really!

Gonna use thos soon, bery excited

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live

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Hellofriend
Submitted 10 months ago

Great Videos for Dialing in Useful Sounds

The videos move fast (which I like) and take you through how to create both modern and classic sounds for dance music. This series will be more helpful if you already have some experience working with Serum.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV

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openarms
Submitted 1 year ago

great

love this guy!

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

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theSoulBelow
Submitted 1 year ago

Fantastic IMMEDIATELY useful tutorial

I love how Larry just jumps right in and shows how to create THAT sound and THOSE sounds that are hot right now. Simultaneously, he gives a great demo of what Serum is actually capable of and just how versatile the instrument is.

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

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pilotymc
Submitted 1 year ago

Helped me a lot

It was kind of a pleasure experience where I could learn basic ways to create sounds in serum. With this course I learned about some nice tips and tricks and the infinite possibilities of serum. Thanks.

I am a: Beginner, Student, Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live

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Bruce
Submitted 1 year ago

Illuminates Serum's power with great sounds.

Until I decide to buy Serum, Larry's techniques transport to my modular synth as well.

I am a: Hobbyist

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I learnt the trumpet and piano around age 12 and then guitar a couple of years later. I played in a few indie bands for a few years until I discovered the turntables and Dj'ing. I then swapped the guitar for the synthesizer and the stage for the Dj booth and the rest is history!

2. What training have you had?

I completed a diploma in sound engineering and music technology from islington Music Workshop in London. I am also level 1 certified in Logic. The most important training I have received though is sitting for hours on end at my studio making music!

3. When did you get into recording?

Recording demos for the indie bands I mentioned earlier. Then recording vocals for my tracks as DEF inc. and laterally Rebel Sonix. I also worked in London studio Rollover in around 2005.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've remixed Coldplay, Kylie, Roots Manuva and John B. Labels I have released on include Parlaphone, EMI, Fingerlickin, Eight Fx, Quantum, Botchit and Scarper amongst others. I have composed music for Sony Playstation games, Sky tv, J&B Whiskey, Lexus cars and the BBC to name a few. I have produced online tutorial videos and have had a 1 hour production video in Music Techs magazines cover DVD. I have also Dj'ed at events such as Glastonbury festival and Miami WMC and touring extensively all over the world.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well hopefully I have a clear and concise training method mixed with a serious passion for making music. I have previously worked for Apple teaching Logic and also regularly lecture on Logic and electronic music production. I also teach the Ministry of Sound DJ academy in London which involves teaching an introduction to Djing as well as in depth seminars on using NI's Traktor and also Serato Scratch Live. As a producer making cutting edge electronic music, I have to remain at the forefront of new sounds and production techniques. I mix my time between different areas of the music industry - production, remixing, DJing and also teaching which allows me to develop all those skills simultaneously - so I can improve my teaching ability whilst also continuing to develop as a producer (something which you never stop doing!)

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EDM Sound Design with Serum is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from You nailed it Fantastic. Very very helpful and easy to follow. I found all the videos valuable even though many aren't my specific genre. Cheers!
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very cool tips! Thank you I learned a lot of new Serum tricks!
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Loved it Overall, I thought it was very helpful and I can't wait to use some of these tips in my productions.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Inspiring! It was fun and informative to go through this series and get a sort of hands-on look at sound design in Serum for practical use. It's like getting experience, or reps in Serum, but guided by someone who actually knows what they're doing. This series helped me internalize conceptually what is happening in Serum so that when I go to create my own sounds, I can know what I'm doing without spending too much time with trial and error. I can cut right to the sort of sound I want to create and have enough understanding of the controls to fine tune my sound to exactly what I'm after.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful really! Gonna use thos soon, bery excited
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Videos for Dialing in Useful Sounds The videos move fast (which I like) and take you through how to create both modern and classic sounds for dance music. This series will be more helpful if you already have some experience working with Serum.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from great love this guy!
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Helped me a lot It was kind of a pleasure experience where I could learn basic ways to create sounds in serum. With this course I learned about some nice tips and tricks and the infinite possibilities of serum. Thanks.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic IMMEDIATELY useful tutorial I love how Larry just jumps right in and shows how to create THAT sound and THOSE sounds that are hot right now. Simultaneously, he gives a great demo of what Serum is actually capable of and just how versatile the instrument is.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Illuminates Serum's power with great sounds. Until I decide to buy Serum, Larry's techniques transport to my modular synth as well.
Date published: 2017-02-21