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Producing 80's Synth Pop in Live

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    Introduction (5:43)


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    Blank Slate (10:01)


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    Bass (3:27)


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    Groove (11:09)


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    Backbeat (5:44)


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    Finishing the Verse (7:06)


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    Starting the Chorus (6:07)


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    Chorus Drums (10:04)


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    Chorus Chords (11:09)


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    Melody (7:03)


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    Breakdown (11:33)


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    Breakdown Melody (4:07)


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    Toms (8:32)


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    The Bridge (7:01)


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    Build the Bridge (6:19)


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    Last Chorus (4:12)


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    Moving Over to Arrangement View (8:09)


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    Heaven (10:10)


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    The Mix (10:10)


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    Master Bus (7:50)


The 80’s sound is back in a big way, and studio guru Scottie Dugan takes you back to the future with these in-depth video tutorials about how to make a professional sounding 80’s inspired synth pop track. Way!

Scottie starts off with an overview of the track you’ll be making together, followed by getting started with a blank slate. Then he moves to the bass and builds up from there, adding the groove, backbeat and more.

Scottie then works out the arrangement, and adds the melody, breakdown, extra percussion and other elements. The mix and master buss effects are then explored, revealing the final touches made to your 80’s masterpiece.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you want to see how to get that 80’s synth pop vibe on your songs and productions, checkout “Producing 80’s Synth Pop with Live” now!


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generaldiomedes
Submitted 1 year ago

Takes some work to reproduce, but worth it

As the tutorial uses a lot of expensive plugins and only provides stems, so it takes a bit of work to reproduce this on your own. However, the reward pays off as you are forced to go through the production process and figure some things out on your own.

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bereza
Submitted 1 year ago

Another great tutorial!

From your two courses "JACK U" & "Producing 80's Synth Pop" (this course) i learn really alot. Now i understandhow how start to build a song, how to mix it etc. For me, courses like these the best way to learn music production. Because we going step by step thru the wole song than separatly watching how compressor work, how sidechain etc... Happy New Year! )

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

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login
Submitted 2 years ago

Nice overall with some shortcomings

generally I liked the tutorial, I think it contains interesting techniques along the way. personally I am not a fan of mix as you go in part because I feel going between sound design and composition doesn't focus my attention on either. Nevertheless the tricks I picked up along the way are useful.

I am a: Producer, Musician, Hobbyist, Beat Maker

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tamer
Submitted 2 years ago

Very Good

really great, clear, & Useful i enjoy it soooooooooooooo

I am a: Professional

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macomposer
Submitted 2 years ago

Very Informative!

Scottie does an excellent job of really showing how to produce this genre from beginning to end. I have been producing for a long time, and it was still very helpful to see how someone else went about building a track. I also picked tips on plugins, more shortcuts to use in Ableton, some workflow ideas that will work out great! Highly recommended!

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

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mitchk
Submitted 2 years ago

Great progression

This series brought you through the progression of an idea through to the creation of a completed song. It brought home the concept of working in session view to quickly create ideas then hone them in arrangement view to a complete song.

I am a: Hobbyist


1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I grew up taking classical piano lessons, so music has always been a part of my life. It started out as a daily chore and eventually evolved into a passion. Now I am very lucky to call it my profession.

2. What training have you had?

After thirteen years of private piano lessons I decided to pursue a formal degree. Two years in and I realized it wasn't for me. From that point on a began teaching myself and taking various online courses that offered subjects that excited me. I've gotten to learn and sit under individuals who are way better than I am.

3. When did you get into recording?

Ableton Live and the ability to make music with a computer were the two biggest reasons I didn't continue pursue a formal degree. I was in a band, we cut a DIY "garage album" and that started the obsession. The once obscured world of synths, hardware and software was now overwhealming as I transitioned away from a piano only mindset.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I have the great privilege to be working with Ableton as one of their Ableton Certified Trainers. Being a part of that community has been really amazing and life changing. I have yet to work with anyone rich and famous... but I have a feeling one day some of these crazy talented people will be. I get to work with students and artists who are chasing their musical dreams. I like the purity and passion that comes with that.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well, I've always been told that I'm a good teacher but I hated talking to people I didn't know. It took a while to get over those introvert tendencies and fear of public speaking and now I can't get enough. Watching a student get that lightbulb breakthrough or seeing an ignition of passion after the transfer of knowledge creates such a sense of fulfillment for me. I can't not teach.

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Producing 80's Synth Pop in Live is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 6 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Takes some work to reproduce, but worth it As the tutorial uses a lot of expensive plugins and only provides stems, so it takes a bit of work to reproduce this on your own. However, the reward pays off as you are forced to go through the production process and figure some things out on your own.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Another great tutorial! From your two courses "JACK U" & "Producing 80's Synth Pop" (this course) i learn really alot. Now i understandhow how start to build a song, how to mix it etc. For me, courses like these the best way to learn music production. Because we going step by step thru the wole song than separatly watching how compressor work, how sidechain etc... Happy New Year! )
Date published: 2017-12-25
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Nice overall with some shortcomings generally I liked the tutorial, I think it contains interesting techniques along the way. personally I am not a fan of mix as you go in part because I feel going between sound design and composition doesn't focus my attention on either. Nevertheless the tricks I picked up along the way are useful.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Good really great, clear, & Useful i enjoy it soooooooooooooo
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Informative! Scottie does an excellent job of really showing how to produce this genre from beginning to end. I have been producing for a long time, and it was still very helpful to see how someone else went about building a track. I also picked tips on plugins, more shortcuts to use in Ableton, some workflow ideas that will work out great! Highly recommended!
Date published: 2016-09-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great progression This series brought you through the progression of an idea through to the creation of a completed song. It brought home the concept of working in session view to quickly create ideas then hone them in arrangement view to a complete song.
Date published: 2016-09-24
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