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Producing EDM in Logic Pro X

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    0:00

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    Tutorial 2

    Customizing Views

    5:23

    Tim goes over how you can customize the GUI of Logic X, and squeeze that extra bit of room out of your environment. See how to set up screen sets, as well as how to customize your track and mixer views.

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    Tutorial 3

    Master Channel Setup

    2:10

    See how the compressor and limiter are set up on the master channel, and get an insight as to where the direction of the track is going to head.

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    Tutorial 4

    Ultrabeat Guide Beats

    8:47

    You'll learn how to create a multi output Ultrabeat and use the aux channels to route your drums to separate channels. Watch as Tim sets up a simple drum loop using Ultrabeats sample loading ability, as well as its built in sequencer, to provide an initial beat to play along with.

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    Tutorial 5

    Initial Chord Progression

    15:55

    In this video Tim uses the new Retro Synth to lay down the beginnings of a chord progression. You'll see how using the new features in the Piano roll makes it easy to extend, and create new, regions in the main arrangement area. You'll see how easy it is to setup default EQ presets, as well as a few other new midi editing features.

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    Tutorial 6

    Adding Chord Accents

    9:48

    In this video we add a second synth complimenting the original chords. The Retro Synth is up to the task again, and with some parameter changes, the Retro Synth starts adding some movement plucks to the song. Tim covers the basics of the new Logic X Arpeggiator and the grid mode to provide the velocity automation.

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    Tutorial 7

    Rough Bassline

    13:08

    Now it's time to add a bit of low end. Tim roughs out a quick bassline using the ES-M monophonic synth. As well as some questionable keyboard playing skills, you'll also see how to use Aux tracks and an instrument track with a gain and gate plugin to set up a tight sidechain signal for use in your project!

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    Tutorial 8

    Stacking Synths

    17:56

    Learn all about the new Track Stacks in Logic X as Tim layers up a bunch of instruments using the Summing Track Stack. You'll learn how easy it is to pipe a single midi file to many instruments. You'll also see how to use the new Midi Transpose Effect to change your midi in realtime, and use the piano rolls' built in automation editor to draw in some modulation automation. Finally, Tim uses the power of the Summing Stack to process all the channels with effect plugins, and finally changes the current chords and expands them to be a bit more complex.

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    Tutorial 9

    Multi Channel Ultrabeat

    6:16

    In this video you'll learn how to control Ultrabeat by using multiple midi regions for ultimate control of your drums. See how to make your auxiliary tracks appear in your arrangement, reading their own MIDI regions and playing their own sounds. You'll also learn how easy it is to make snare fills and arrangement changes when you're not limited to 1 giant region or a single Ultrabeat sequencer pattern.

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    Tutorial 10

    Starting Complex Fills

    18:16

    Tim starts off by making a synth patch using the trusty ES1, makes a quick visit to the acid sounds of the ES-M, then gets down to business using the EXS24 sampler to load in one shot hits. Learn how to adjust the piano roll grid using Logic X's new custom info view area to get some triplet feel. See how to add ample distortion and keep it all under control with a combination of EQ, limiting and clipping. You'll also see how to use the Haas effect on mono synths to make them stereo, then bring that stereo spread down again to keep everything in check! Once again we make great use of the Summing Track Stack to smash all our complextro fills into a solid sound.

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    Tutorial 11

    Starting Complex Fills Pt. 2

    15:34

    See how to add ample distortion and keep it all under control with a combination of EQ, limiting and clipping. You'll also see how to use the Haas effect on mono synths to make them stereo, then bring that stereo spread down again to keep everything in check! Once again we make great use of the Summing Track Stack to smash all our complextro fills into a solid sound.

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    Tutorial 12

    More Complex Fills

    18:43

    This video is a continuation of the previous video on complex fills. In this one you'll see more tricks and techniques to get short synth stabs and fills. This time we create a new patch using the Clav instrument, import some audio, and learn how anchors can make aligning our certain parts of our audio regions a breeze.

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    Tutorial 13

    Creating a Melody

    13:42

    It's time to get onto the keyboard! Watch as Tim takes a minutes worth of keyboard noodling, the ES2, some delay and reverb, and turns it all into great sounding intro arpeggio. You'll gain insights into building parts which smoothly transition into other parts with zero effort.

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    Tutorial 14

    Creating a Pad

    19:10

    This video will teach you how to make a lush pad sound using the new Table mode of the Retro Synth. Tim goes over an audio tour of the available wavetables and then programs up a pad sound from scratch which will form the foundation of the previously made melody. You'll get to see how to properly program and EQ your synth patches so they compliment and not conflict with each other. Finally, Tim will do a bit of recycling on the chords he'd previously made to form the new pad progression.

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    Tutorial 15

    Creating Movement

    19:33

    It's time to get deep into the new Arpeggiator. Tim uses and abuses the Arpeggiator in order to make a riff based on chords, simply by using the Arps grid mode. Once again we stack up a piano sound with a synth in order to keep things sounding big. Next up is some stereo widening and an overview of the new Modulator MIDI effect to add some pitch bend vibrato. You'll learn some EQ and compression tips to keep the new sounds from conflicting with our existing ones, as well as how simple things like note lengths can completely change the groove of your song.

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    Tutorial 16

    Creating Movement Pt. 2

    10:04

    Next up is some stereo widening and an overview of the new Modulator MIDI effect to add some pitch bend vibrato. You'll learn some EQ and compression tips to keep the new sounds from conflicting with our existing ones, as well as how simple things like note lengths can completely change the groove of your song.

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    Tutorial 17

    Sub Bass

    7:55

    In this video you'll see how to generate some great sounding sub bass using the new Retro Synth. You'll learn about the quirks of the double/stereo spread functionality in the Retro Synth, as well as how you can use the Sine Level to generate some large low tones. See how you need to have volumes identical to do proper A/B testing when adding effects, especially on really low tones which always sound better louder!

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    Tutorial 18

    The Annoying Sound

    29:47

    Big, Reverby, and annoying are the three key elements used in this video. You'll see Tim transform a simple generated Tom sample from Ultrabeat into a super annoying, yet super trendy, aggressive lead sound. Using multiple limiters and compressors on a single sound is an engineers nightmare, but nothing is sacred when it comes to EDM. Tim then records a few quick takes and then uses the best bits from each one to make a loop for the tougher part of the track.

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    Tutorial 19

    Roughing our Arrangement

    16:25

    In this video you'll get to see how simple it can be to rough out a full length club track once you've got all the ingredients. Tim fleshes out a full arrangement with intros, drops, choruses and outros using everything we've created so far. See how to reuse parts from other instruments to change up your breaks and prevent things from being so repetitive.

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    Tutorial 20

    Creating some Fills

    23:48

    It's time to start creating some interest and applying some fills. In this video we'll look at creating some simple snare fills to keep interest. Tim also creates a noise sweeper from scratch, as well as a pitched riser to bring a bit of excitement to your builds. He also uses some samples from a sample CD to bring a bit more variation.

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    Tutorial 21

    Smoothing out Transitions

    17:19

    Just as you'd assume, this video starts us on the path of smoothing out our songs transitions. You'll learn how crucial automation and effects are for guiding the listener from part A to part B. Tim adjust the arrangement to make things flow a bit better, starts automation in the main sounds, and uses various FX tweaks to keep things interesting.

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    Tutorial 22

    Smoothing out Transitions Pt. 2

    13:53

    Tim adjust the arrangement to make things flow a bit better, starts automation in the main sounds, and uses various FX tweaks to keep things interesting.

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    Tutorial 23

    Smoothing out Transitions Pt. 3

    16:53

    In this epic video we continue adding automation, effects, and dozens of subtle changes which all help towards turning our rough arrangement into a finished track. Tim also doubles up the main lead sound to be brought in after the second drop, so it really pokes out and drives the track to completion.

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    Tutorial 24

    Smoothing out Transitions Pt 4

    26:46

    In this epic video we continue adding automation, effects, and dozens of subtle changes which all help towards turning our rough arrangement into a finished track. Tim also doubles up the main lead sound to be brought in after the second drop, so it really pokes out and drives the track to completion.

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    Tutorial 25

    Finishing Touches

    23:55

    It's getting close! In this video you'll see even more little tricks and tips on how to get your track flowing from intro to outdo. We pad up the drums for the DJ sections, add some more fx for the transitions, and automate even more instruments and fx. We take a solid listen through the entire track, making changes along the way, as well as noting an arrangement change we'll need to make later on.

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    Tutorial 26

    Finishing Touches Pt. 2

    10:10

    We take a solid listen through the entire track, making changes along the way, as well as noting an arrangement change we'll need to make later on.

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    Tutorial 27

    Finishing Touches Pt 3

    25:39

    In this video, Tim polishes up the 2 main transitions to get them silky smooth. You'll learn about the hidden dangers of overlapping midi notes, as well as how to prevent out of tune notes thanks to half played pitch bends. You'll see different techniques applied to make our pitched riser less "synthy" as well as some more arrangement tweaks to get the most out of out transitions.

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    Tutorial 28

    The To Do List

    20:21

    Tim explains one of the most valuable things you can do when you reach near completion of your track… The To-Do List! Walk through the to do list, fixing up and changing things that normally wouldn't seem out of place when you just listen to just sections of your track. You'll see how easily this can be done yourself by using the notes feature build into Logic X! Closing down your DAW can sometimes be the best way to simulate an outsiders perspective on your own work. Not being able to see your arrangement view, and listening to your track is a very ear opening experience.

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    Tutorial 29

    Final Mix & Thoughts

    10:28

    We're done! In this video, Tim applies some multi band compression and limiting to round off the final mix. After going over the master plugin choices, we get to hear the full song in its entirety and Tim finished off with a few closing words of wisdom.

This is it. If you've ever wondered how to produce a professional, huge sounding Electronic Dance Music track from the beginning, all your questions will now be answered. Chart topping remixer Timothy Allan is back yet again, this time creating an authentic EDM track using nothing but the new Logic Pro X. Although shown in Logic, you can apply the theories and techniques to any DAW or genre. With the included Logic Pro X session files and over 7 hours of video tutorials, this is the most comprehensive Logic Pro X production series available.

Tim starts with an introduction to the series and plays a section of the finished track so you can hear where you'll be ending up. Then he dives right in, using Ultrabeat to create the rhythm foundation for the song, then lays out the chord structure and accents. The all important baseline is next, and Tim explains how to craft one that propels the track forward and also shows how to compress it for that classic pumping EDM sound.

Using the new "Track Stacks" feature in Logic Pro X, Tim serves up giant layered synth tracks for the song, then develops the drum tracks further and adds fills to the different sections. Melody and Pads via the new "Retro Synth" are next on the list and Tim goes in-depth here, explaining further the important elements that make up a world-class EDM track.

Honing and tweaking the arrangement are now shown, and Tim really demonstrates how to fine tune the song's structure and overall sound using many different tools such as automation, compression, reverb, EQ, multi-band compression and much, much more. Please check out the titles and descriptions to the left to see a detailed explanation of each video. There's so much covered in this series, it's like getting a masters degree in EDM Production! Watch "Producing EDM in Logic Pro X" today.

ahnnewyen
Submitted 1 month ago

Great Content! I learned a lot from this video series!

I've gained a lot of knowledge and new techniques from these videos and I like how the real-time workflow and the way he works from start to finish are totally relatable. Totally worth the money!

I am a: Beginner, Student, Hobbyist, Producer, Logic Pro

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SylverWyrm
Submitted 6 months ago

Lots of little tricks to get the juices flowing

Some good workflow ideas, as well as some specific technics for getting certain "it" sounds

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Logic Pro

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Brohil
Submitted 10 months ago

very insightful

this has helped me understand EDM production better!

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Gazelle
Submitted 2 years ago

Good enough

I have seen almost all the video's by now and I think I am ready for a review. I am a beginner in Logic Pro X and in EDM so I write it from that perspective. I am satisfied with the video's, but I do not think it is great. It's good. What I like is that these video's shows you the entire process of creating the track from start to finish. I also like the included project file. I kind of followed along with the video's so I created my first EDM track based on the track made in the video's. So in that sense, it is really good. What I missed however is a bit more of explanation. I understand that these video's are not supposed to explain basic Logic functions, but sometimes I wonder why he puts a Compressor on a track etc. I know how compressor's work, but it is just the reasoning behind why for a particular track he chooses to use a compressor with the particular settings. Off course, doing this the whole time would make these video's to long, but a bit more would have been appreciated. I also would have liked to see some arrangement markings in the project files. Especially for beginners like me it would have been very helpfull. Nevertheless, I do not regret buying these video's and I will watch it till the end. I learned a lot from it.

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist

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thomk
Submitted 2 years ago

very informative

Just purchased this and not quite finished watching the whole tutorial, but so far I have got a lot of great information. I think this will help me get up to speed with Logic. I have been using Pro Tools, Reason and Live and decided to make the switch from PT as my main DAW and go with Logic, due to Avid going with a subscription platform.

I am a: Producer, Musician, Sound Designer

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

As a very young kid my parents signed me up for piano lessons. My mom said if I quit that I would regret it later on in life, but I thought piano lessons were boring! Electronic music was a natural progression for me from those early days, it let me combine my love of technology and all things nerdy with a love of loud and strange noises.

2. What training have you had?

I've had years and years of training from a good friend of mine named "The Internet", and before him my other good pal "Trial and Error". 

3. When did you get into recording?

The wonder of synthesis and certain electronic music is that you never really have to record anything if you don't want to! Although I do remember way back in the day recording found sounds on an old garage sale cassette recorder I bought, and using those samples in old school Trackers on the Apple II.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've worked with, and for, a whole bunch of fantastic people so far. Some of the more popular ones include Empire of the Sun, Dirty South, Ash, Paul Oakenfold, Carl Kennedy, Hong Kong Blondes, Loverush UK, Molly Bancroft, Made by Monkeys, Tiff Lacey, Marcie, Offer Nissim and Kirsty Hawkshaw. Madonna chose a track I made for a compilation she released, although she never called or took me for lunch! That really doesn't count as 'working with' does it!?

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I'm good at training people because I remember what it was like to be the newbie, and I try and go over things that I would have found interesting and cool, back when I was starting out. I take the time to learn the techniques inside and out, and then break that down quickly for people.

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Producing EDM in Logic Pro X is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Content! I learned a lot from this video series! I've gained a lot of knowledge and new techniques from these videos and I like how the real-time workflow and the way he works from start to finish are totally relatable. Totally worth the money!
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Lots of little tricks to get the juices flowing Some good workflow ideas, as well as some specific technics for getting certain "it" sounds
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very insightful this has helped me understand EDM production better!
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good enough I have seen almost all the video's by now and I think I am ready for a review. I am a beginner in Logic Pro X and in EDM so I write it from that perspective. I am satisfied with the video's, but I do not think it is great. It's good. What I like is that these video's shows you the entire process of creating the track from start to finish. I also like the included project file. I kind of followed along with the video's so I created my first EDM track based on the track made in the video's. So in that sense, it is really good. What I missed however is a bit more of explanation. I understand that these video's are not supposed to explain basic Logic functions, but sometimes I wonder why he puts a Compressor on a track etc. I know how compressor's work, but it is just the reasoning behind why for a particular track he chooses to use a compressor with the particular settings. Off course, doing this the whole time would make these video's to long, but a bit more would have been appreciated. I also would have liked to see some arrangement markings in the project files. Especially for beginners like me it would have been very helpfull. Nevertheless, I do not regret buying these video's and I will watch it till the end. I learned a lot from it.
Date published: 2016-08-20
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from very informative Just purchased this and not quite finished watching the whole tutorial, but so far I have got a lot of great information. I think this will help me get up to speed with Logic. I have been using Pro Tools, Reason and Live and decided to make the switch from PT as my main DAW and go with Logic, due to Avid going with a subscription platform.
Date published: 2016-08-13