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Producing Melodic Techno: Ableton Live Beginner’s Guide

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Chapter 1 : Getting Started

  • Course Overview 1:24

    Course Overview

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

  • Preparing Your Live 10 Project 0:33

    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

  • Composing a Melody 4:12

    Composing a Melody

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

  • Splitting Melody & Bass 2:45

    Splitting Melody & Bass

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

  • Adding Atmosphere to Your Horns 2:06

    Adding Atmosphere to Your Horns

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

  • Pickup Note Bass Pluck 1:57

    Pickup Note Bass Pluck

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

  • Adding Atmosphere to Your Bass Pluck 1:52

    Adding Atmosphere to Your Bass Pluck

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

  • Sample Based Harmony 4:37

    Sample Based Harmony

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

  • Adding Atmosphere to Your Orchestral Samples 2:50

    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

  • The Kick 3:43

    The Kick

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

  • Low Tom Bass Rumble 5:13

    Low Tom Bass Rumble

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

  • Dynamic Pulse With Sidechain Compressor 7:58

    Dynamic Pulse With Sidechain Compressor

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

  • The Hi-Hats 6:45

    The Hi-Hats

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

Chapter 4 : Arrangement Tips & More

  • Transition & Impact 4:02

    Transition & Impact

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

  • Practice & Experience 0:58

    Practice & Experience

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

  • Sidechained Reverb Technique 6:08

    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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