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Music Production Recipe: Trap Influenced Pop

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Chapter 1 : Getting Started

  • Overview 1:20


    Josh Bess explains how simple it is to create a beat, utilizing royalty free samples and simple musical ideas.

  • Using Ableton Live 10 0:55

    Using Ableton Live 10

    Josh introduces you to Ableton Live 10, and explains how to download a free trial, if you do not already own this DAW.

  • Choosing the Samples 2:17

    Choosing the Samples

    Josh Bess introduces you to the samples used in this video course, and explains how to choose the best samples for your music, utilizing Splice and other sample packs.

  • Choosing the Presets 2:59

    Choosing the Presets

    In this video, Josh Bess explains how to manage your presets, utilizing the user preset library with Serum.

  • Course Extras Overview 0:59

    Course Extras Overview

    Josh introduces the course extras available for download with this course, to allow you to dive in further with each topics explained.

Chapter 2 : Drums, Percussion, & Sub Bass

  • Building a Drum Kit for Trap 1:54

    Building a Drum Kit for Trap

    Josh explains how to build a custom drum kit in Ableton Live, with your own choice of samples.

  • Arpeggiated Hi-Hat Technique 2:47

    Arpeggiated Hi-Hat Technique

    In this video, Josh explains how to create rhythmic movement with hi hat samples, utilizing an arpeggiator.

  • Creating a Low & High 808 Sub 1:47

    Creating a Low & High 808 Sub

    Josh demonstrates a simply way to energize an 808 sub bass, with saturation, stereo imaging, and compression.

  • Drum Rack Choking 4:09

    Drum Rack Choking

    In this video, Josh shows how to choke individual samples within a drum rack with the Live 10 choke feature.

  • 808 Release Time 2:35

    808 Release Time

    Josh explores how to shorten and lengthen samples within the drum rack, utilizing the simpler device's release time in Live 10.

  • Meshing the Kick & 808 2:25

    Meshing the Kick & 808

    Josh shows a simple technique to mesh your kick and 808 sub bass, with simple adjustments of the volume attack envelope.

  • Creating a Trap Drum Groove 5:18

    Creating a Trap Drum Groove

    Josh explains how to write and record a drum groove from scratch in Ableton Live 10.

  • Compressing the Drum Samples 2:43

    Compressing the Drum Samples

    Josh introduces a simple technique to keep your drum samples at a consistent volume range, with compression.

  • Bringing the Ideas from Session View to Arrangement View 3:44

    Bringing the Ideas from Session View to Arrangement View

    Josh explores how to simply move your ideas from the Session View in Live 10, to the Arrangement view.

Chapter 3 : Chords & Rhythm

  • Introduction to Serum 1:55

    Introduction to Serum

    Josh introduces you to Xfer Record's Serum.

  • The Live 10 Scale Device 1:51

    The Live 10 Scale Device

    Josh explores the Ableton Live 10 MIDI Effect, Scale, to keep your notes in key.

  • Creating Chords by Note Layering 5:26

    Creating Chords by Note Layering

    Josh shows a simple way to create chords in Ableton Live 10 by stacking single notes, to create harmony.

  • Creating Arpeggios 3:32

    Creating Arpeggios

    Josh introduces the Ableton Live 10 MIDI Effect, Arpeggiator, to transform simple chords into arpeggiated melodies and musical background phrases.

  • Freezing MIDI 1:51

    Freezing MIDI

    In this video, Josh explains how to freeze MIDI tracks in Live 10.

  • Flattening MIDI to Audio 1:37

    Flattening MIDI to Audio

    Josh examines the benefits of flattening your MIDI tracks to audio tracks, in Live 10.

Chapter 4 : Basic Mix Down & Exporting

  • Basic Mixing & Mastering 5:02

    Basic Mixing & Mastering

    Josh explains the simplicity and importance of mixing with volume, EQ, compression, and reverb.

  • Exporting the Song 2:09

    Exporting the Song

    In this video, Josh explores the best audio exporting settings for your music.

Chapter 5 : Adding a Little Extra

  • Adding Additional Drum & Percussion Parts 3:53

    Adding Additional Drum & Percussion Parts

    Josh demonstrates the idea of adding any instrumental idea to your music at any point, no matter what part of the process you are in.

Product Overview

Electronic Music production wiz Josh Bess delivers a tutorial video series for beginners on producing a Trap influenced Pop track from scratch. See everything it takes to craft a modern sounding electronic track, step by step with simple instruction that anyone can follow. You also get the sounds that Josh uses for free!

Josh starts off by welcoming you and explains how simple it is to create a beat, utilizing royalty free samples and simple musical ideas. Josh uses Ableton Live in videos to create the song, but most of it will apply to any DAW. With that said, Josh gives you a crash course in Ableton Live and then jumps right into sample selection.

Next, Josh talks about workflow and then shows how to build the perfect drum kit using your own samples, programming a signature Trap hi-hat pattern, creating a low and high 808 Sub sound, and many more tips and tricks regarding the all-important drum track.

Moving on, Josh introduces Serum, one of the most popular 3rd party virtual synth instruments, used on countless modern hits. You’ll see how to program chords with unique rhythms, craft arpeggios, why it’s good to turn MIDI tracks to audio, basic mix down techniques, exporting your song and much more.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more detailed info. If you’re interested in putting that Trap flavor into your Pop songs and productions, this video series is the one to watch… Checkout “Music Production Recipe: Trap Influenced Pop” today!

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