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Music Production Theory & Arrangement Hacks

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  • Detect Key Signature with Mixed In Key Studio Edition 7:07

    Detect Key Signature with Mixed In Key Studio Edition

    In this video, we'll use Mixed In Key Studio Edition to calculate the key signature of our accapella giving us a starting point for our composition.

  • Creating Drum Grooves with Captain Beat 11:25

    Creating Drum Grooves with Captain Beat

    Next up, we'll create a drum groove using Captain Beat. A preset pattern is taken and then edited to fine tune the groove. The drum hits are also tweaked to fit the vibe of the track.

  • Creating Drum Fills Using Captain Beat 4:26

    Creating Drum Fills Using Captain Beat

    Now we'll create 2 drum fills using the brand new drum fill feature in Captain Beat. These are placed in the verse and pre-chorus section to allow us to flick between them.

  • Importing & Tuning Drums 12:44

    Importing & Tuning Drums

    In this video, we add in some custom drum hits to help the drums match the artistic vision. We then use Mixed In Key Studio Edition to try tuning our kicks and toms so that they are tonally suited to the key of the track.

  • Chords Pt. 1 9:48

    Chords Pt. 1

    Now we use Captain Chords chord selection process to map out a chord progression for the verse section of the track. We then experiment with rhythm presets to find a rhythmic structure for the progression.

  • Chords Pt. 2 14:38

    Chords Pt. 2

    In this second part on chords in Captain Chords, we try out a progression using preset progressions and timings. Then we use the play mode to jam out a progression using our computer keyboard. Finally we use the MIDI keyboard to experiment with a progression which we then input using the custom option.

  • Chord Rhythm 10:40

    Chord Rhythm

    Now it's time to make a decision regarding our chord ideas and then add a custom rhythm to the progression using the rhythm record feature.

  • Chord Arrangement 14:40

    Chord Arrangement

    Next up, we export MIDI from Captain Chords to allow us to arrange the various sections in Logic Pro. We'll also program one more alternative progression to use in the arrangement.

  • Chord Editing in the DAW 9:42

    Chord Editing in the DAW

    In this last video on our harmonic backdrop, we do a final amendment of the chords using MIDI in Logic Pro?s Piano Roll.

  • Arranging Beats from Captain Beat 11:03

    Arranging Beats from Captain Beat

    Now see how to export our drums from Captain Beat and arrange the main loops and fills to create interest in the main drum arrangement.

  • Adding a Bassline Pt. 1 11:32

    Adding a Bassline Pt. 1

    Watch how to use Captain Deep locked to Captain Chords to automatically generate a bassline for our main section, which is then added to the arrangement and tweaked to fit the groove.

  • Adding a Bassline Pt. 2 8:49

    Adding a Bassline Pt. 2

    Now we'll add a second bassline that completes our B section chords, and then add it to Logic Pro for further tweaking and fitment.

  • Adding a Melody 13:14

    Adding a Melody

    In this video, we use the idea function of Captain Melody to create a simple melody using fifths and roots of our chords, and arrange them rhythmically to complement our other elements.

  • Arpeggiation Pt. 1 12:28

    Arpeggiation Pt. 1

    Next up, we'll enlist the help of Xfer records Cthulhu to create some interesting rhythmic arpeggiator sequences that follow our chords. We'll then tweak the parts by switching off steps and experimenting with patterns vs note numbers.

  • Arpeggiation Pt. 2 18:08

    Arpeggiation Pt. 2

    In the second part on the Cthulhu arpeggiator, we cover randomizing the sequence, changing octave for steps, adding custom pitch, groove and gate times and also ways to add harmony on a step by step basis.

  • Detecting Chords Using Scaler 2 7:51

    Detecting Chords Using Scaler 2

    Here we introduce a new concept of using the chord detection feature of Scaler 2 to work out the harmony of an electric piano part. See how!

  • Quick & Dirty Melodies 7:00

    Quick & Dirty Melodies

    In this final video, we'll go through a very simple way of ensuring that you stay in key and write harmonious melodies by drawing in reference scales in Logic Pro's piano roll.

Product Overview

Studio wiz Larry Holcombe delivers comprehensive production video tutorials on how to easily create professional chord progressions and arrangements! See how to use some of the latest 3rd party software applications like Captain Chords and Scaler 2 to create amazing songs quickly and easily. These videos are for those who already know their DAW of choice, but don't want to learn music theory, and are looking for innovative ways to create chords and arrangements. Plus, you also get the accapella and audio tracks used in the videos so you can follow along on your system.

Larry greets you and starts at the beginning with how to use Mixed In Key Studio Edition to calculate the key signature of the accapella used in the video series to give you a solid starting point for the composition. Then it's onto creating a great drum track using Captain Beat, and then generating a fantastic chord progression using Captain Chords, which perfectly supports and enhances the vocal part.

Adding a deep baseline with Captain Deep is next, followed by how to edit and export a solid arrangement. Larry then shows you how to create and add a melody, cool arpeggiation, add harmonies with Scaler 2, and much more.

To see what these detailed production video tutorials show you, and how you'll learn ways to hack the composition process and make amazing, professional chords and arrangements, check out the individual production hacks video descriptions on this page. Make professional songs and productions fast and easy... Watch "Music Production Theory & Arrangement Hacks" today!

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