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Putting It in the Pocket Explained®

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    What do we mean by "in the pocket"?

    Larry welcomes you to the course and discusses how to introduce groove into your music to get listeners heads nodding!

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    Quantization vs Live Playing

    In this video, Larry introduces the concept of quantization, and some strategies for leaving beats natural with an organic feel.

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    "In the Pocket" Bass Playing Styles

    See a few "in the pocket" playing styles are demonstrated by a bass player.

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    Swing

    In this video, Larry explores what swing is and how you can use different swing values to inject a feeling of groove and shuffle into your beats.

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    Syncopation & Polyrhythms

    Larry outlines how subtly thwarting the listeners expectations of the rhythm of a beat can work wonders in allowing us to create an infectious groove.

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    Natural Velocity & Tone

    Larry explores how to add more rhythmic interest into your drum parts. Real drummers are incapable of playing exactly the same velocity every time, so, by re-creating this in our DAWs, we can introduce some natural groove into our beats.

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    Pushing & Pulling

    Next up, Larry brings parts forward and backwards to enable a more rushed or more laid-back feel. He also programs a flammy clap effect.

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    Fine Tuning the Bass & Kick Drum

    Velocity changes can also affect the tone of a drum hit, so by automating attack/decay times and filter tone, we can also re-introduce the funk! In this video, Larry shows you how!

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    Sidechaining to Increase Groove

    In this video, Larry uses attack and release times to help gel different sounds together in the groove.

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    Extracting Groove

    In this video, Larry outlines how you can extract grooves from existing beats to inject some of their character into your own beats.

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    Putting it All Together Pt. 1

    Larry uses many of the concepts shown in this course while building a groove.

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    Putting it All Together Pt. 2

    Larry continues building the groove and works to get it "in the pocket".

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    Polyrhythms

    In this video, Larry uses different parts playing different complimentary patterns to enhance a sense of groove and momentum in a beat.

Product Overview


Studio guru Larry Holcombe presents an in-depth video guide to putting instruments "in the pocket"! Learn everything you need to know about placing instruments and grooves ahead or behind the beat, making things groove, and much more! Course extras include downloadable loops and wav files that appear in the tutorials so you can follow along.

Larry starts by defining "in the pocket", and how once you've got it right, everything feels great and groovy. He then shows the differences between quantization and live playing, and using different swing values to inject a feeling of groove and shuffle into your beats.

Next, you'll explore how syncopation works in production, and bringing parts forward and backwards to create a more rushed or a more laid-back feel. Natural velocity and tone are then investigated and you'll see how recreate this when programing things to induce some funk into your parts.

For the rest of the series you'll explore topics like groove templates and extracting groove, sidechaining to increase groove, musical compression, polyrhythms, and putting it all together to create a truly "in the pocket" groove.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you want to know how and why some tracks groove hard and the steps to take to put your own tracks in the pocket, this is the series for you... Watch "Putting It in the Pocket Explained®" today and watch the heads nod.


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Aposterioris
Submitted 1 month ago

Don’t Loose Your Change Keep It In The Pocket.

I completed creating your first song in Reaper earlier today. I got putting it in the pocket gratis and I just completed watching it as well. It clarify how to make a redundant beat more interesting by adding and subtracting other sounds that hold their own. Not to mention they make rhythmic sense once they are combined. Maybe because I’m new, I’m easily impressed but the instructor was top notch 5 ??’s


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Paul G
Submitted 1 month ago

Very Inspiring!

It was a great tutorial that helped me to understand how to add more human feel to a production, other than just typical groove engine presets. Multiple light bulbs went off during this tutorial series.

I am a: Student, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Reason


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Teleted
Submitted 1 month ago

Just what I was looking for!.

I am newcomer to computer drum and instrument programing and mixing. This course has helped me cut time looking for drum loops and such and given me the confidence to program my own grooves and mixes. This video has been invaluable in the use of my own score writing. Thanks Groove3.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Cakewalk Sonar, Studio One


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BrokenDeath
Submitted 2 months ago

Wow!

My "Pocket" knowledge is vastly improved. I learned several new approaches to use during my DAW recording sessions. Thank you for the calm, relaxed and very well explained lesson(s) regarding this topic.


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fuzzbox
Submitted 7 months ago

This is Good

I found I knew most of this.... it's the 80/20. However, I got some insight into the 20 part! ? Since, I use Cubase and Cubase is fantastic with MIDI and not all of the points made translated easily, I found. Some parts were confusing and not clearly stated or I got confused. I will watch it all again as I think it is important to learn to turn what is essentially a machine groove into a human groove. For the price I paid, which was a sale price, great value!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase


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FredD
Submitted 2 years ago

Well done - Interesting and Informative

This course is well done and flows from beginning to end. Explanations are clear. While it has several Logic only plugins, it still was helpful for me (non Logic user).

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Cakewalk Sonar


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ciberscriber
Submitted 2 years ago

Very Groovy!

Groovy, man, groovy! The title says it all.


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Bmsongs
Submitted 2 years ago

Aligning kick and bass

I would have like to have sent a section on where to put the bass and kick together in wave form and aligning

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician

Response from Customer Service:

Hi and thank you for your review,
The tutorial actually does cover manipulating bass and kick specifically in multiple ways to play with getting it in the Pocket. Check out Fine Tuning Bass and Kick and also Pushing and Pulling.
If you would like to update your review after finishing the series, email us at support and we will help you out!

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Aposterioris
Submitted 1 month ago

Don’t Loose Your Change Keep It In The Pocket.

I completed creating your first song in Reaper earlier today. I got putting it in the pocket gratis and I just completed watching it as well. It clarify how to make a redundant beat more interesting by adding and subtracting other sounds that hold their own. Not to mention they make rhythmic sense once they are combined. Maybe because I’m new, I’m easily impressed but the instructor was top notch 5 ??’s

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Paul G
Submitted 1 month ago

Very Inspiring!

It was a great tutorial that helped me to understand how to add more human feel to a production, other than just typical groove engine presets. Multiple light bulbs went off during this tutorial series.

I am a: Student, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Reason

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Teleted
Submitted 1 month ago

Just what I was looking for!.

I am newcomer to computer drum and instrument programing and mixing. This course has helped me cut time looking for drum loops and such and given me the confidence to program my own grooves and mixes. This video has been invaluable in the use of my own score writing. Thanks Groove3.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Cakewalk Sonar, Studio One

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BrokenDeath
Submitted 2 months ago

Wow!

My "Pocket" knowledge is vastly improved. I learned several new approaches to use during my DAW recording sessions. Thank you for the calm, relaxed and very well explained lesson(s) regarding this topic.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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fuzzbox
Submitted 7 months ago

This is Good

I found I knew most of this.... it's the 80/20. However, I got some insight into the 20 part! ? Since, I use Cubase and Cubase is fantastic with MIDI and not all of the points made translated easily, I found. Some parts were confusing and not clearly stated or I got confused. I will watch it all again as I think it is important to learn to turn what is essentially a machine groove into a human groove. For the price I paid, which was a sale price, great value!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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FredD
Submitted 2 years ago

Well done - Interesting and Informative

This course is well done and flows from beginning to end. Explanations are clear. While it has several Logic only plugins, it still was helpful for me (non Logic user).

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Cakewalk Sonar

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

ciberscriber
Submitted 2 years ago

Very Groovy!

Groovy, man, groovy! The title says it all.

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Bmsongs
Submitted 2 years ago

Aligning kick and bass

I would have like to have sent a section on where to put the bass and kick together in wave form and aligning

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician

Response from Customer Service:

Hi and thank you for your review,
The tutorial actually does cover manipulating bass and kick specifically in multiple ways to play with getting it in the Pocket. Check out Fine Tuning Bass and Kick and also Pushing and Pulling.
If you would like to update your review after finishing the series, email us at support and we will help you out!
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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I learnt the trumpet and piano around age 12 and then guitar a couple of years later. I played in a few indie bands for a few years until I discovered the turntables and Dj'ing. I then swapped the guitar for the synthesizer and the stage for the Dj booth and the rest is history!

2. What training have you had?

I completed a diploma in sound engineering and music technology from islington Music Workshop in London. I am also level 1 certified in Logic. The most important training I have received though is sitting for hours on end at my studio making music!

3. When did you get into recording?

Recording demos for the indie bands I mentioned earlier. Then recording vocals for my tracks as DEF inc. and laterally Rebel Sonix. I also worked in London studio Rollover in around 2005.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've remixed Coldplay, Kylie, Roots Manuva and John B. Labels I have released on include Parlaphone, EMI, Fingerlickin, Eight Fx, Quantum, Botchit and Scarper amongst others. I have composed music for Sony Playstation games, Sky tv, J&B Whiskey, Lexus cars and the BBC to name a few. I have produced online tutorial videos and have had a 1 hour production video in Music Techs magazines cover DVD. I have also Dj'ed at events such as Glastonbury festival and Miami WMC and touring extensively all over the world.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well hopefully I have a clear and concise training method mixed with a serious passion for making music. I have previously worked for Apple teaching Logic and also regularly lecture on Logic and electronic music production. I also teach the Ministry of Sound DJ academy in London which involves teaching an introduction to Djing as well as in depth seminars on using NI's Traktor and also Serato Scratch Live. As a producer making cutting edge electronic music, I have to remain at the forefront of new sounds and production techniques. I mix my time between different areas of the music industry - production, remixing, DJing and also teaching which allows me to develop all those skills simultaneously - so I can improve my teaching ability whilst also continuing to develop as a producer (something which you never stop doing!)

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Putting It in the Pocket Explained® is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 8 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Don’t Loose Your Change Keep It In The Pocket. I completed creating your first song in Reaper earlier today. I got putting it in the pocket gratis and I just completed watching it as well. It clarify how to make a redundant beat more interesting by adding and subtracting other sounds that hold their own. Not to mention they make rhythmic sense once they are combined. Maybe because I’m new, I’m easily impressed but the instructor was top notch 5 ??’s
Date published: 2020-08-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Inspiring! It was a great tutorial that helped me to understand how to add more human feel to a production, other than just typical groove engine presets. Multiple light bulbs went off during this tutorial series.
Date published: 2020-08-11
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Just what I was looking for!. I am newcomer to computer drum and instrument programing and mixing. This course has helped me cut time looking for drum loops and such and given me the confidence to program my own grooves and mixes. This video has been invaluable in the use of my own score writing. Thanks Groove3.
Date published: 2020-08-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Wow! My "Pocket" knowledge is vastly improved. I learned several new approaches to use during my DAW recording sessions. Thank you for the calm, relaxed and very well explained lesson(s) regarding this topic.
Date published: 2020-07-29
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from This is Good I found I knew most of this.... it's the 80/20. However, I got some insight into the 20 part! ? Since, I use Cubase and Cubase is fantastic with MIDI and not all of the points made translated easily, I found. Some parts were confusing and not clearly stated or I got confused. I will watch it all again as I think it is important to learn to turn what is essentially a machine groove into a human groove. For the price I paid, which was a sale price, great value!
Date published: 2020-02-11
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Well done - Interesting and Informative This course is well done and flows from beginning to end. Explanations are clear. While it has several Logic only plugins, it still was helpful for me (non Logic user).
Date published: 2018-11-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Groovy! Groovy, man, groovy! The title says it all.
Date published: 2018-10-28
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Aligning kick and bass I would have like to have sent a section on where to put the bass and kick together in wave form and aligning
Date published: 1969-12-31
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