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Producing Signature EDM Tracks

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    2:48

    A Short discussion about the competitive field of EDM production and why production value is of paramount importance.

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    Tutorial 2

    Kick Resampling Pt. 1

    8:20

    Learn to layer drum sounds and render as a new sample to have something no one else has.

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    Tutorial 3

    Kick Resampling Pt. 2

    8:50

    Final edits and treatments of your newly resampled kick.

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    Tutorial 4

    Loop Slicing Pt. 1

    7:14

    How to avoid going "plug and play" with pre-made loops by slicing and customizing them.

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    Tutorial 5

    Loop Slicing Pt. 2

    7:09

    Further details on treating newly sliced loops including re-arranging slices, routing slices to different channels, and using effects on them.

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    Tutorial 6

    Loop without ReCycle

    4:08

    How to achieve the same slicing results without using ReCycle.

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    Tutorial 7

    Synth Layering Pt. 1

    5:14

    Choosing and layering multiple synths to get a fatter, more distinct tone.

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    Tutorial 8

    Synth Layering Pt. 2

    4:42

    Further details about processing your newly layered synth with effects and busses.

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    Tutorial 9

    Synth Layering Pt. 3

    6:11

    More on effects and busses as well as an introduction to using automation to further design your synth tones.

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    Tutorial 10

    Ghostchaining Pt. 1

    7:14

    An explanation of why we don't use our actual kick as our sidechain trigger but instead use a short percussive sound like a closed hat or a woodblock.

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    Tutorial 11

    Ghostchaining Pt. 2

    8:38

    Now with our ghostchain trigger in place, we will learn how to tune the sidechain compressor.

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    Tutorial 12

    Ghostchaining Pt. 3

    4:32

    Further details on tuning a sidechain compressor.

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    Tutorial 13

    Ghostchaining Pt. 4

    8:09

    Multi-rhythmic triggers. How to use more than one sidechain trigger in a track to get multiple dynamics effects.

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    Tutorial 14

    Ghost Triggers

    5:49

    How to use ghost triggers to gate sounds through instead of simply "ducking" them.

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    Tutorial 15

    EDM EQ Pt. 1

    6:47

    Hi Passing - The most important EDM EQ technique, which is cleaning up "renegade" low end frequencies from sounds that don't need them.

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    Tutorial 16

    EDM EQ Pt. 2

    8:01

    Removal of Resonant Frequencies - The second most important EQ technique which is to remove any "congested" or "clogging" frequencies to ensure clarity and separation in your sounds.

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    Tutorial 17

    EDM EQ Pt. 3

    6:57

    Bus EQ - Appropriate EQ curves for "color or "summing" bus channels.

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    Tutorial 18

    Bus Technique Pt. 1

    9:49

    An explanation of the different types of bus sends and their desired effects. Some busses will be used for color and others will be used to sum signals for specific treatments.

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    Tutorial 19

    Bus Technique Pt. 2

    7:59

    Further details on effective plug ins to use for different color or summing applications. Also an intro to automating bus sends.

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    Tutorial 20

    Playthrough Pt. 1

    8:57

    Here we begin a top to bottom playthrough of a nearly completed House track. We look at ensuring your initial session results in a sculpted and believable groove to then build upon.

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    Tutorial 21

    Playthrough Pt. 2

    7:36

    With our backbone groove in place we discuss building the tracks arrangement as well as how and when to introduce new sounds.

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    Tutorial 22

    Playthrough Pt. 3

    8:17

    Final overview of our completed track including final arrangement decisions, master channel automation, and locking in your final mix.

If you want your EDM tracks to stand out and be instantly recognizable, you need to have your own special “signature” sound. In this video tutorial series, acclaimed EDM producer Chris Herrera shares his techniques for creating your own unique, signature sound.

Chris uses Apple Logic Pro X, but the information covered here works with any DAW. Chris starts off by showing you how to resample and edit your kick drum sounds to create something new and exciting, then teaches you how to slice up and customize loops to make them your own.

Chris now demonstrates how to layer and process multiple synths to make a fat, distinctly personal tone, and then presents his take on Sidechaining called “ghostchaining”.

With demonstrations on how to tune your ghostchain, and how to use multiple sidechain triggers to get really interesting dynamics going in your song, you’ll now be well into your journey of finding your own sound.

Moving on, Chris delves into his use of high pass filtering, a key technique in mixing individual tracks, as well as on summing busses. That leads directly into his bussing technique, including different ways of using busses, and the kinds of effects to use to achieve different goals, depending on the bus.

Finally, Chris builds a House track out of all of the various pieces you’ve creating together over the course of the series. He shows you how to arrange, sculpt, and automate your EDM song to give it that final, personal signature vibe.

Whether you’re new to producing dance music, or an experienced EDM producer looking to find your own signature sound, watch “Produce Signature EDM Tracks” today!

Jaxson
Submitted 6 months ago

Helpful!

EQ Tips is great.

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DigitEyes
Submitted 8 months ago

Chris Is An Excellent Teacher

There are a lot of topics covered in this series that flow much like a college audio engineering course. Everything from EQ techniques, side chain compression, bussing, tasteful use of effects etc as well as song arrangement and mindset while creating EDM or really any other style of music. Chris does an excellent job of explaining what he's doing but more importantly WHY he's doing it. He has a way of explaining concepts that are often challenging to understand in a way that is easy to follow and provides you with a fundamental understanding of how the concept in focus is used on the larger scale of music creation so that you can apply it to any number of situations beyond the instance he's using in his example. The topics he covers are applicable in all DAWs, not just Logic which he is using in this series. I primarily use Ableton but have experience in Logic, ProTools and Studio One and can easily understand where everything he covers would exist within each DAW. I'd like to see Chris do some more segments like the ones at the end of this series where he walks through completed tracks and how the arrangement came together. This series is an excellent explanation of fundamental engineering that goes into basically all genres of music recording. I would love to see him put together more segments on the creative side of all these concepts; which ultimately would be more of a songwriting course. All in all, this series is a great review for anyone with a basic engineering background to brush up on audio engineering fundamentals and how to apply them to EDM, and a great first look for beginners with little to no knowledge/experience with audio engineering. I went through two years of a college audio engineering course and still found cool new ideas from watching this series. I would recommend this series to producers/musicians of any level.

I am a: Beginner, Student, Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Studio One

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d33law
Submitted 8 months ago

Amazing tips!

I learned lots of advanced techniques like kick resampling, loop splicing and BUS routing.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer

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cristi
Submitted 11 months ago

1

very good course

I am a: Beginner, Studio One


hybridchildren
Submitted 11 months ago

A +, come back to this for reviewal

Producing Signature EDM Tracks is something to come back to over and over for years to come. I learned a lot from Chris with this series. I've been doing Electronic music(not necessarily EDM) but this will sure help your mix better if you put it to use. Impressive and A+

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Victor.mcguire
Submitted 1 year ago

Awesome!

This is great!

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TobyA
Submitted 1 year ago

Most useful Tutorial i've found in a long time.

This is all about how to help you make and find, your own sound in EDM, how to start creating your own subtle identity, and separate your tracks from the humdrum, through great technical and philosophical concepts and methods. (It actually goes against a lot of "how to make EDM" masterclasses on this site, and many others... beyond cut/paste/EQ formulas aimed to mimic "generic" EDM.) Right from building your own distinctive kick, upwards and on throughout your mix. (As he points out, experienced producers and musicians will pick up on most library and stock/ downloaded presets and elements you're using. That will be a mark against you, no matter how well your track is put together.) This series is best for those who already know the basics, and are ready to start building their own "sound". If you want to just copy others, and get by, maybe look elsewhere.. but if your serious about building an identity into your music,and taking it to the next level, this is definitely worth it. P.S. This all applies to any type of EDM but ALSO, any music you make, that incorporates computer generated or electronic, elements and sounds.

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Safenafe1
Submitted 1 year ago

Essential guide

I really like the presentation of this tutorial. The tutor is very clear and shares the essentials in production set ups for electronic genre based music. There is a lot of info and the video is worth every penny.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer

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macomposer
Submitted 1 year ago

Worth It

Chris does an excellent job of breaking down the process of production. While designed for EDM, the techniques and tips that he teaches are useful for all types of modern music production. He doesn't go into all the Recording Arts details that he could (as he rightfully mentions that are not the focus of the tutorials), so this keeps the tutorials concise and too the point.

I am a: Producer, Professional, Musician, Sound for Film/TV

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Francis7
Submitted 1 year ago

Informative video

I learned quite a lot (including 1 or 2 things I'd forgotten). Really useful stuff that I will employ in my next project. Thanks.

I am a: Hobbyist

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Producing Signature EDM Tracks is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Helpful! EQ Tips is great.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Chris Is An Excellent Teacher There are a lot of topics covered in this series that flow much like a college audio engineering course. Everything from EQ techniques, side chain compression, bussing, tasteful use of effects etc as well as song arrangement and mindset while creating EDM or really any other style of music. Chris does an excellent job of explaining what he's doing but more importantly WHY he's doing it. He has a way of explaining concepts that are often challenging to understand in a way that is easy to follow and provides you with a fundamental understanding of how the concept in focus is used on the larger scale of music creation so that you can apply it to any number of situations beyond the instance he's using in his example. The topics he covers are applicable in all DAWs, not just Logic which he is using in this series. I primarily use Ableton but have experience in Logic, ProTools and Studio One and can easily understand where everything he covers would exist within each DAW. I'd like to see Chris do some more segments like the ones at the end of this series where he walks through completed tracks and how the arrangement came together. This series is an excellent explanation of fundamental engineering that goes into basically all genres of music recording. I would love to see him put together more segments on the creative side of all these concepts; which ultimately would be more of a songwriting course. All in all, this series is a great review for anyone with a basic engineering background to brush up on audio engineering fundamentals and how to apply them to EDM, and a great first look for beginners with little to no knowledge/experience with audio engineering. I went through two years of a college audio engineering course and still found cool new ideas from watching this series. I would recommend this series to producers/musicians of any level.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Amazing tips! I learned lots of advanced techniques like kick resampling, loop splicing and BUS routing.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from 1 very good course
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A +, come back to this for reviewal Producing Signature EDM Tracks is something to come back to over and over for years to come. I learned a lot from Chris with this series. I've been doing Electronic music(not necessarily EDM) but this will sure help your mix better if you put it to use. Impressive and A+
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome! This is great!
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Most useful Tutorial i've found in a long time. This is all about how to help you make and find, your own sound in EDM, how to start creating your own subtle identity, and separate your tracks from the humdrum, through great technical and philosophical concepts and methods. (It actually goes against a lot of "how to make EDM" masterclasses on this site, and many others... beyond cut/paste/EQ formulas aimed to mimic "generic" EDM.) Right from building your own distinctive kick, upwards and on throughout your mix. (As he points out, experienced producers and musicians will pick up on most library and stock/ downloaded presets and elements you're using. That will be a mark against you, no matter how well your track is put together.) This series is best for those who already know the basics, and are ready to start building their own "sound". If you want to just copy others, and get by, maybe look elsewhere.. but if your serious about building an identity into your music,and taking it to the next level, this is definitely worth it. P.S. This all applies to any type of EDM but ALSO, any music you make, that incorporates computer generated or electronic, elements and sounds.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Essential guide I really like the presentation of this tutorial. The tutor is very clear and shares the essentials in production set ups for electronic genre based music. There is a lot of info and the video is worth every penny.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Worth It Chris does an excellent job of breaking down the process of production. While designed for EDM, the techniques and tips that he teaches are useful for all types of modern music production. He doesn't go into all the Recording Arts details that he could (as he rightfully mentions that are not the focus of the tutorials), so this keeps the tutorials concise and too the point.
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Informative video I learned quite a lot (including 1 or 2 things I'd forgotten). Really useful stuff that I will employ in my next project. Thanks.
Date published: 2016-09-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from EDM Tutorials Are Inspiriting I am getting into it because I have a goal to produce some Trance, House and Jazzy Music with a signature sound that says DJ Hard. Currently, I’m working with a different DAW & Plug-ins, but I can see how I can use these lessons in the production systems that I’m using. Thank you for these EDM Tutorials. It’s hot ranking. The next time I lay down my groovy beats, I will be putting this knowledge to work. DJ Hard @ http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/DJHard
Date published: 2016-07-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Ideas and Creative Inspiration You're guaranteed to be going through this title again and again; it's packed with loads of information, but very useful information to be inspired by. Very creative and fun tips. Get ready to put in some work on this, but also be ready to feel ten feet taller to feel like you can stand out. Many, many thanks; can't recommend it, enough.
Date published: 2016-07-26