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Producing 80's Synth Pop in Live

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    5:43

    Let’s take a look and listen to the song we will be creating together.

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    Tutorial 2

    Blank Slate

    10:01

    In this video we will put down our first idea. This is always the hardest for me. We will also talk house keeping.

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    Tutorial 3

    Bass

    3:27

    The next idea is bass. It’s sound will give our listeners am idea of what genre and style our song will be.

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    Tutorial 4

    Groove

    11:09

    It’s important… really important. It may make or break the song. We can take advantage of some built in tools that will help us make it feel good.

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    Tutorial 5

    Backbeat

    5:44

    Next let’s add a clap on the 2 & 4. We will also setup parallel compression for drums and a few other things.

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    Tutorial 6

    Finishing the Verse

    7:06

    We can start rounding out the first section of our song. We will add a few different ideas to keep it fresh.

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    Tutorial 7

    Starting the Chorus

    6:07

    Next let’s add movement for the chorus. This video is all about the 16th note.

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    Tutorial 8

    Chorus Drums

    10:04

    Now let’s pull all the stops and get punchy. We will be creating new drum sounds for the first chorus.

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    Tutorial 9

    Chorus Chords

    11:09

    In this video let’s switch up the chord progression and bring up the energy with new chord elements.

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    Tutorial 10

    Melody

    7:03

    Now that we have a foundation, we can chase after the hook. Hopefully, it will be good enough to get stuck in our listener’s head.

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    Tutorial 11

    Breakdown

    11:33

    Part of the creative process is capturing ideas as they come. This is so important. Who knows where these ideas will lead us.

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    Tutorial 12

    Breakdown Melody

    4:07

    Let’s finish the breakdown idea with a fresh melody.

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    Tutorial 13

    Toms

    8:32

    80’s toms! Need I say more?

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    Tutorial 14

    The Bridge

    7:01

    Now let’s shake things up. We need a new chord progression and instrumentation to freshen our palates.

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    Tutorial 15

    Build the Bridge

    6:19

    More ideas to round out our bridge. These will help us build intro the upcoming chorus.

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    Tutorial 16

    Last Chorus

    4:12

    A lot of times the last chorus is special. Let’s modify current elements and add new ideas to make this part of the song stand out.

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    Tutorial 17

    Moving Over to Arrangement View

    8:09

    Now we can begin the process of finalizing the arrangement. We will record our ideas into arrangement view from session view. Then we will begin finalizing what goes where.

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    Tutorial 18

    Heaven

    10:10

    While working on the verses I wanted to add more interest. In this video we will add the last melodic idea to accentuate our claps.

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    Tutorial 19

    The Mix

    10:10

    Since we’ve been adding effects and processing as we go, this video is all about automation.

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    Tutorial 20

    Master Bus

    7:50

    This final video will take a look at master bus effects. This will be a little mixing and a little mastering. We want to add a final layer of polish to the song.

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!

generaldiomedes
Submitted 2 months 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 2 months 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

Very Good

really great, clear, & Useful i enjoy it soooooooooooooo

I am a: Professional

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macomposer
Submitted 1 year 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 1 year 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