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Loop Based Production Explained®

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14 Videos | Length: 1hr 57min 32sec
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    Introduction & Pro Tools Setup

    In this video, we introduce the track we???re going to be producing, expand the .zip file, set up Pro Tools for importing of loops and set the song tempo.

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    First Loop: Piano

    Next, Kenny takes you through importing your first loop. He goes thru elastic audio and using it to set your loops to the song tempo with the highest quality possible.

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    Snaps, Kick, Snare & Claps

    In this video, see how to add more loops, and focus on some of the drums to make them match the tempo of the song.

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    Synth 1, Bass & Bells

    Next, Kenny brings in some musical / pitched loops. Not only do you need to stretch these files but you also need to adjust their pitch to match the key of the song. See how!

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    Hi-Hat, Tamborine & Shaker

    In this video, Kenny brings in a few more percussive loops and teaches you about about REX files, which are Loops that automatically stretch to your song???s tempo.

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    Synth 2 & 3

    Kenny now finishes off importing loops with these final 2 synths, which serve as the melody for the pre-chorus and chorus for the production.

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    Reverb & Delay FX

    To make these loops really shine, Kenny reveals how to bring in some ethereal effects to create some interesting spaces, featuring reverb and delay that auto pans to the tempo of the song.

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    EQ & Compression Pt. 1

    Next, Kenny shows how you can creatively use EQ and compression to tighten up your loops and prepare them for the final mix.

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    EQ & Compression Pt. 2

    In this video, Kenny continues using stock EQ and compression to get all of the tracks sounding their best.

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    Reverse & FX Loops

    Moving on, Kenny imports a few reverse and FX loops to create transitions from one song part to another. While these are not loops, they still are an important part of the production process.

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    The Song Arrangement Pt. 1

    In this video, Kenny starts arranging the song, which involves duplicating or repeating the 4 bar loop throughout the song and removing the elements you don???t need in each section, which then creates a dynamic arrangement.

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    The Song Arrangement Pt. 2

    Kenny continues the arrangement process, creating a chorus and cutting up the loops via grid based editing to create stuttering repeating patterns.

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    The Song Arrangement Pt. 3

    In this video, Kenny finishes off the arrangement by creating an outro and an ending where the song breaks down over time as opposed to building up. Muting effects are also featured.

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    The Final Mix (Bounce)

    In this last video, Kenny sets up the Final Mix or bounce, and shows how to correctly create a stereo file of your song and plays the entire song from start to finish to be used as a reference.

Product Overview


Studio guru Kenny Gioia delivers a loop based production video tutorial series! If you're new to producing with loops, Kenny will show you how to produce a full track from scratch using only loops and basic DAW plug-ins. The loops used in the videos are also included so you can follow along with your DAW. This series is perfect for those who are just starting out producing beats and tracks.

Kenny welcomes you and then plays the track you'll be producing together, followed by how to expand the included .zip file, readying your DAW for importing loops, and setting the main song tempo. Then it's onto the first loop, which is a piano loop, where Kenny uses elastic audio to make the loops match to the song's tempo, with the highest quality sound possible. Kenny is using Pro Tools for this series, but many other DAWs have similar ways to stretch, warp and adjust loops as well, so you can apply what Kenny shows you to your DAW.

Next, you'll see how to add a variety of loops such as kick drums, claps, hi-hats, tambourine, shaker, synths, bass and more, so that they all work together rhythmically and melodically, creating a solid groove for your song. After the loops are all in place, Kenny jumps over to the mixing side of things and shows you how to EQ and Compress the loops to tighten them up more, and make them sound their best.

Reverse effects and FX loops are then revealed and added for further enhancement of the track, making for cool transitions from one section to the next, propelling the song forward. The remaining videos cover in-depth instruction on creating an exciting arrangement for your loop based tracks, followed by how to set up the Final Mix or bounce, including how to correctly create a stereo file of your song to share.

To see what these step by step loop based production tutorials show you, and how they'll help you to make your first loop based song, see the individual loop based production video tutorial descriptions on this page. If you're ready to develop and sharpen your producer skills when producing with loops, this video series is for you... Watch “Loop Based Production Explained®" today!


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Loop Based Production Explained® is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 7 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Exactly what I was looking for The instructor clearly put careful thought into what he wanted to present, and how, before making the videos, and the result is impressive. This course doesn't really go beyond a basic introductory level, but that was just fine for me, and it still covered quite a lot. I've never worked with loops before and wanted to get an idea of how it's done, so I got exactly what I wanted out of this course. I don't use Pro Tools, so it was interesting to see some of that DAW's idiosyncrasies, but I was not inspired to move away from Studio One.
Date published: 2021-06-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Inspiring Taught cool tricks to get you started. Easy to understand lingo you can transfer to other songs and learn. Protools specificity didn't stop me but it wasn't my favorite.
Date published: 2020-10-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent ! Amazing watching Kenny turn interesting clips into a song. All because he actually knows what he is doing !
Date published: 2020-06-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome!! Awesome!!
Date published: 2019-12-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from So Thorough Kenny is so knowledgeable, musical, and clear, it makes the walkthrough very helpful.
Date published: 2019-11-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Absolutely Incredible!!!! I've been looking for something like this. What a brilliant tutorial!!! I have studied almost everyone of Kenny's tutorials and just when you think you have a grasp of how he thinks and approaches the style of music, he comes along and absolutely blows you away with something new and fresh. Thank you for (and Pros): a. In the last video, playing the song (final version) in it's entirety. I would have also preferred to have the final version of the song played in the introduction video so we have an idea of what we are studying before we dive into it. b. Showing the keystroke short cuts as text message bubble displays on screen. So often, the instructor uses keystroke shortcuts without telling us what keys are used. d. I have always admired Kenny as an outstanding engineer but have come to realize that he is an even better arranger. e. I will be reviewing this tutorial a couple more times so I can grasp and digest all the information shared. Cons: I have always hoped that Groove 3 would have a forum on this website where we could interact with the instructors and ask questions or delve a little deeper on their approach etc.
Date published: 2019-11-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful & practical! this course has improved my production and song arrangement workflow.
Date published: 2019-11-24
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