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Producing 80's Synth Pop in Live

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    Introduction

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

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    Blank Slate

    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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    Bass

    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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    Groove

    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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    Backbeat

    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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    Finishing the Verse

    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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    Starting the Chorus

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

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    Chorus Drums

    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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    Chorus Chords

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

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    Melody

    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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    Breakdown

    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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    Breakdown Melody

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

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    Toms

    80’s toms! Need I say more?

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    The Bridge

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

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    Build the Bridge

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

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    Last Chorus

    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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    Moving Over to Arrangement View

    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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    Heaven

    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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    The Mix

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

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    Master Bus

    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.

Product Overview


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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AzureCrystal
Submitted 2 months ago

Been through many Ableton videos on Groove3 until I hit this jackpot!

Been through many Ableton videos on Groove3 until I hit the jackpot, everything I needed to learn was in this course, well explained and to the point without boring minutiae.


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honkpape
Submitted 3 months ago

Mixed bag - amazing, yet frustrating too.

Some highly useful pieces of information in here and I've learnt a lot, so thankyou. However, some bits are extremely frustrating and lack any explanation - e.g. 'building the bridge' has almost no explanation how he arrives at the sound. Uses so many 3rd party plugins with little explanation. Other parts of the vid are amazing however.


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ALPHALUX
Submitted 2 years ago

Inspiring & Professional Tutorial

I enjoyed the tutorial from Scottie. His narration and workflow was in depth and helpful, especially the manipulation of sound to created an authentic feel. I liked: down-to-earth narration, scope and professional take on create an efficient and logical workflow. I didn't like: use of big $ plugins without some alternatives (and there is a lot). Either way, I would recommend the tutorial nevertheless as it is helpful and well thought out.


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gatesy
Submitted 2 years ago

Close to a perfect tutorial

Whilst I undoubtedly picked up a lot of tips from Scott I would have liked to have the complete raw project provided and more insight from him on how the melodies worked with the chords and reason for the choices made. A longer look at the sounds made in plugins would have been appreciated too e.g. why a preset was tweaked.


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generaldiomedes
Submitted 3 years 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 3 years 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 4 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 5 years ago

Very Good

really great, clear, & Useful i enjoy it soooooooooooooo

I am a: Professional


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macomposer
Submitted 5 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 5 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



AzureCrystal
Submitted 2 months ago

Been through many Ableton videos on Groove3 until I hit this jackpot!

Been through many Ableton videos on Groove3 until I hit the jackpot, everything I needed to learn was in this course, well explained and to the point without boring minutiae.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

honkpape
Submitted 3 months ago

Mixed bag - amazing, yet frustrating too.

Some highly useful pieces of information in here and I've learnt a lot, so thankyou. However, some bits are extremely frustrating and lack any explanation - e.g. 'building the bridge' has almost no explanation how he arrives at the sound. Uses so many 3rd party plugins with little explanation. Other parts of the vid are amazing however.

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Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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ALPHALUX
Submitted 2 years ago

Inspiring & Professional Tutorial

I enjoyed the tutorial from Scottie. His narration and workflow was in depth and helpful, especially the manipulation of sound to created an authentic feel. I liked: down-to-earth narration, scope and professional take on create an efficient and logical workflow. I didn't like: use of big $ plugins without some alternatives (and there is a lot). Either way, I would recommend the tutorial nevertheless as it is helpful and well thought out.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

gatesy
Submitted 2 years ago

Close to a perfect tutorial

Whilst I undoubtedly picked up a lot of tips from Scott I would have liked to have the complete raw project provided and more insight from him on how the melodies worked with the chords and reason for the choices made. A longer look at the sounds made in plugins would have been appreciated too e.g. why a preset was tweaked.

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Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

generaldiomedes
Submitted 3 years 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.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

bereza
Submitted 3 years 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

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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login
Submitted 4 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

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

tamer
Submitted 5 years ago

Very Good

really great, clear, & Useful i enjoy it soooooooooooooo

I am a: Professional

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

macomposer
Submitted 5 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

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

mitchk
Submitted 5 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 4.6 out of 5 by 10 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Been through many Ableton videos on Groove3 until I hit this jackpot! Been through many Ableton videos on Groove3 until I hit the jackpot, everything I needed to learn was in this course, well explained and to the point without boring minutiae.
Date published: 2021-03-30
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Mixed bag - amazing, yet frustrating too. Some highly useful pieces of information in here and I've learnt a lot, so thankyou. However, some bits are extremely frustrating and lack any explanation - e.g. 'building the bridge' has almost no explanation how he arrives at the sound. Uses so many 3rd party plugins with little explanation. Other parts of the vid are amazing however.
Date published: 2021-02-10
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Inspiring & Professional Tutorial I enjoyed the tutorial from Scottie. His narration and workflow was in depth and helpful, especially the manipulation of sound to created an authentic feel. I liked: down-to-earth narration, scope and professional take on create an efficient and logical workflow. I didn't like: use of big $ plugins without some alternatives (and there is a lot). Either way, I would recommend the tutorial nevertheless as it is helpful and well thought out.
Date published: 2019-06-23
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Close to a perfect tutorial Whilst I undoubtedly picked up a lot of tips from Scott I would have liked to have the complete raw project provided and more insight from him on how the melodies worked with the chords and reason for the choices made. A longer look at the sounds made in plugins would have been appreciated too e.g. why a preset was tweaked.
Date published: 2019-06-01
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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