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Producing Melodic Techno: Ableton Live Beginner’s Guide

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Chapter 1 : Getting Started

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    Course Overview

    Josh welcomes you and gives you an introduction to what you will learn in this course.

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    Preparing Your Live 10 Project

    Learn how simple it is to set the tempo of your project in Ableton Live 10 and more.

Chapter 2 : Melody & Harmony

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    Composing a Melody

    Watch how to import a MIDI melody into your project and edit the part as you desire.

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    Splitting Melody & Bass

    Learn how to split a bass part from your melody composition for further development.

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    Adding Atmosphere to Your Horns

    See the simplicity of importing preset audio effect racks to enhance the ambience of your instruments in Live 10.

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    Pickup Note Bass Pluck

    Learn the importance of this simple rhythmic element, a pickup note.

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    Adding Atmosphere to Your Bass Pluck

    See how to add a spatial element to your plucked instruments with Echo in Live 10.

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    Sample Based Harmony

    Watch how to add fullness to your music with harmonized orchestral samples and learn when to use specific samples.

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    Adding Atmosphere to Your Orchestral Samples

    Discover how to adjust the tone of orchestral samples with audio effect racks and filtering.

Chapter 3 : Drums & Percussion

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    The Kick

    See how to compose a four on the floor kick drum pattern with a Drum Rack in Live.

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    Low Tom Bass Rumble

    Explore how to compose a sixteenth note tom rumble pattern with a Drum Rack in Live 10.

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    Dynamic Pulse With Sidechain Compressor

    See how to add dynamic movement to your drum pattern with sidechain compression.

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    The Hi-Hats

    Watch how to adjust the time felt in your drum groove with hi-hat patterns.

Chapter 4 : Arrangement Tips & More

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    Transition & Impact

    Connecting your song form with transitional sounds can be as simple as dragging & dropping audio samples into your project. Watch how!

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    Practice & Experience

    Learn how to further build your skills with practice and experience.

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    Sidechained Reverb Technique

    See how to build a custom sidechained reverb audio effect chain in Ableton Live 10.

Product Overview

Josh Bess presents melodic techno production video tutorials designed for the absolute beginner! See step by step how to make your very first melodic techno track in Ableton Live and start your journey into producing this epic electronic music genre. You also get the samples, audio effects, MIDI files, and Serum presets used in the tutorial so you can follow along.

Josh uses Ableton Live and the industry standard Xfer Serum virtual synth for these videos, but if you don't have them, you can download fully functional free trial versions here:

Ableton Live 10 Suite (Trial)

Serum 1.21 or Higher (Trial)

Josh starts off by welcoming you and then goes over what you'll learn throughout the video course, which is to learn how to combine modern techno production with traditional song writing and composing skills to produce a club rumbling melodic masterpiece of your own.

He then shows you how to prepare your first Ableton Live project for the tasks ahead, and then how to compose a melody in a melodic techno style, cool composition tips, how to add atmospheric sound design elements, apply sidechain compression techniques, and create rhythmic elements.

Moving on, you'll see how to add fullness to your music with harmonized orchestral samples and tips on when to use them specifically, utilize audio effect racks and filtering for interesting sounds, program techno drum parts, make cool transition and impact sounds and more.

To see what these melodic techno production tutorials show you, see the individual melodic techno video tutorial descriptions on this page. If you're into melodic techno, are new to producing and have Ableton Live, this video series is for you... Watch "Producing Melodic Techno: Ableton Live Beginner’s Guide" today.

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Producing Melodic Techno: Ableton Live Beginner’s Guide is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Inspiring and helpful Thank you for showing how fast you can create a nice track!
Date published: 2021-03-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Great tutorial very well explained in a simple way. Thanks
Date published: 2021-01-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really informative Great tutorial - step by step tutorial clearly explained - I learnt a ton of useful stuff and went off on all sorts of tangents - well worth the time spent on it.
Date published: 2020-11-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Outstanding Intro to Creating a Song in Ableton Live This video serves a valuable role. It shows new producers exactly how to create a new song in Ableton Live. Viewers learn how to create each of the musical parts, like main synths/horns/strings, drums parts, and transitions. This video plays a unique role. Other tutorials focus on how Ableton Live works or interesting tricks in Ableton Live. But then new producers are confused about specifically creating a song. This tutorial walks you through creating a song. It also shows you then how to add mixing to each of the parts. This is very basic and yet invaluable for anyone new. Viewers obtain effects racks to use right away, such as side-chain compression, delay, and reverb. I strongly recommend this video to anyone new. Also watch the tutorials in the Ableton Live production package deal. That includes "Ableton Live 10 Explained" and "First Song with Ableton Live." Those three videos will give newcomers a good introduction to just getting your first song into Ableton. I also recommend watching "Ableton Live 9 Explained" because the tutorial flow is different than "Ableton Live 10 Explained." Be persistent. It can take several tries to absorb the material. Watch several from different viewpoints. I recommend this video for anyone new to creating music in Ableton Live.
Date published: 2020-07-10
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Short and Sweet As the description says, this is good for beginners. Although I’m not a beginner, I was interested to see if I could learn some new techniques for melodic techno. After watching, I would say this is one of the better courses for learning how to get started quickly. No fillers just good content. I strongly recommend if you are just getting started. If you are not a beginner, you could definitely skip the course. Regarding the genre specific techniques, I personally don’t believe this is melodic techno... more Mainroom EDM and the stab techniques are good for that. As far as the rolling bass lines, I’d recommend watching Julien Earle, he has several techniques for getting the sound which sound much more techno to me.
Date published: 2020-07-03
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