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Songwriting & Producing with Toontrack: Dream Pop

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Chapter 1: Series Introduction

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    Introduction (5:23)


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    The Dream Pop EZX Product Explained (6:32)


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    EZkeys, String Machine, & EZmix 2 Product Overview (4:33)


Chapter 2: EZdrummer 2 - Dream Pop Presets & Grooves

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    Creating a Foundational Groove with EZdrummer 2 (5:49)


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    Adding Groove Layers with EZdrummer 2 (9:18)


Chapter 3: EZkeys - Creating a Song Track

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    EZkeys Dream Pop MIDI (4:35)


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    Song Arrangement with EZkeys Pt. 1 (6:13)


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    Song Arrangement with EZkeys Pt. 2 (8:18)


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    Song Arrangement Overview (5:28)


Chapter 4: EZkeys - Creating Pads & Using EZmix 2

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    Auditioning String Machine Sounds (4:23)


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    Creating Pad Chords in EZkeys (11:37)


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    Adding a 2nd EZkeys Pad Layer (2:37)


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    Using EZmix 2 with EZkeys (8:53)


Chapter 5: EZdrummer 2 - Groove Layer Arrangement & EZmix 2

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    Adding EZdrummer 2 Layers Pt. 1 (8:34)


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    Adding EZdrummer 2 Layers Pt. 2 (6:23)


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    Using EZmix 2 with EZdrummer 2 (7:19)


Chapter 6: Editing Your Piano Part & Volume Automation

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    Editing EZkeys MIDI in Your DAW (5:56)


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    Volume Automation in Studio One (8:56)


Chapter 7: EZdrummer 2 - Creating Pads & Bass Tracks With The Dream Pop EZx

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    Consolidating Virtual Instrument Tracks (5:41)


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    Creating Pads with EZdrummer 2 - Dream Pop EZX (10:31)


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    Creating a Bass Track with EZdrummer 2 (7:52)


Chapter 8: Creating Vocal Tracks

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    Vocal Track Overview (5:31)


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    EZmix 2 Presets for Lead & Background Vocals (5:01)


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    EZmix 2 Presets for Vocal FX Tracks (4:36)


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    EZmix 2 Presets for Beat Rhythm Vocal FX (5:34)


Chapter 9: EZmix 2 - Master Bus FX Chain

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    Additional EZmix 2 FX (4:49)


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    EZmix 2 Mastering Preset (3:37)


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    Series Recap (1:53)


In this video tutorial series, Toontrack guru Luke Oswald and vocal extraordinaire Spencer Hansen return, and this time create a stunning Dream Pop song from scratch, using only Toontrack products and a DAW. See it built from nothing, all the way to mix and master!

Using Toontrack’s “Dream Pop EZX”, “Grand Piano Expansion”, and the “Dream Pop EZKeys MIDI Pack” these guys put together a pro level production including vocals. Luke and Spencer use Studio One, but the info can be applied to any modern DAW, so you’ll be able to use what they show in the videos in your own DAW and productions.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you are interested in this style of music, or just want to see an inspirational way to use Toontrack products creatively, watch “Songwriting & Producing with Toontrack: Dream Pop” today!


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TTwin
Submitted 3 months ago

Inspiring video

well explained lessons, inspiring, great song


nicobaby
Submitted 1 year ago

Great Workflow!

Great tutorial , learned a lot from it, thank you guys!

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

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RolandKeys88
Submitted 1 year ago

Excellent workflow

Very clear, concise training, gained more than I anticipated!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Musician

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GuiGautreaux
Submitted 2 years ago

The best of this series so far!

Luke is becoming better and better at showcasing many skills, workflows, and techniques at once. Here you can see all of Toontrack products power at full force, while also better grasping Studio One production workflow capabilities, and also many interesting music production ideas and workflows. Excellent!!!

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Luke Oswald Professional Drummer and Instructor

1. When did you start dabbling in music?
I've always had an interest in drumming from a young age and started playing in 6th grade when a family friend stored their drum set at my parents house for a summer. I started playing in church the next fall and have been playing ever since. No one had to tell me to practice, it was just something I loved to do. I just enjoyed everything that had to do with drumming.

2. What training have you had?
I studied piano at a young age, then played trumpet from elementary through middle school. I started drumming on my own at the age of 12, then switched to drumming as my main instrument in high school and went on to study in college along with Music Business. I've been teaching drums since college, both private instruction and drum clinics.

3. When did you get into recording?
When I was in middle school/high school, I was very interested in music technology. It was much different then, but I remember recording/sequencing song arrangements with music software and filming videos and editing in camera all the time. In and after college, I started learning about audio production when I was recording drums for the bands I was in.  In the late 2000's I stumbled upon drum sample technology, and that changed everything for me. I started really digging into the study of audio production, recording, mixing and mastering. I started studying video production around the same time as I knew I wanted to eventually film high quality drum videos while using this sample technology.

4. People you have worked with/for?
During my time in Nashville, I studied drums with Derico Watson (Victor Wooten), Jeff Bowders (Paul Gilbert), Will Denton (Steven Curtis Chapman, LeAnn Rimes), Marcus Finnie (Kirk Whalum, India Arie) and Raymond Massey (Pearl Drums). I've recorded drums on multiple albums produced by Sadson Music Group and have played on albums with artists such as George Clinton and Samantha Ware.

5. Why are you so good at training people?
To me, teaching is as inspiring as performing. When you teach, you're forced to understand the topic at a much deeper level.  I love the process of learning and improving, and to me teaching is just an extension of that process. I learn something new every time I teach anything, whether it be a drum lesson or a software tutorial. I also believe as artists we have a responsibility to pass on the knowledge that we've accumulated. You must take action and apply what you've learned to your own life, but that only goes so far.  If you can take what you've learned and share it with someone else, you're giving them the opportunity to take that knowledge, nurture it and allow it to influence their own lives. Eventually, they can pass that knowledge on to someone else, and the process keeps going. You never know the impact you can have on someone simply by sharing with them what you've learned.

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    Addictive Drums 2 Advanced Vol 1

    In volume one of this advanced video tutorial series, eDrum guru Luke Oswald explains a wide range of topics designed to make you a real master and addict, of XLN’s Addictive Drummer 2 virtual instrument plug-in!

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    Addictive Drums 2 Advanced Vol 2

    In volume two of this advanced video tutorial series, eDrum guru Luke Oswald covers the finer nuances, more features and functions, as well as eye-opening tips and tricks for using XLN’s Addictive Drums 2 virtual instrument!

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    Advanced Drumming Combinations & Patterns

    In this Drumstroke™ video tutorial series, drum guru Luke Oswald lays down the groove and shows you awesome drumming combinations and patterns that you can use to spice up your drumming or drum programming!

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    Bass Drum Technique Workshop

    In this Drumstroke video tutorial series, drum guru Luke Oswald reveals the steps to take to build up bionic feet when playing your kit, including speed and endurance and the ability to play what’s in your head!

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    Creating Drum Fills & Patterns

    In this Drumstroke#TM# video tutorial series, drum master Luke Oswald reveals how to create both basic and advanced drum fills and patterns, that you can apply to both real drums and programmed drums in your DAW!

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Songwriting & Producing with Toontrack: Dream Pop is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Inspiring video well explained lessons, inspiring, great song
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Workflow! Great tutorial , learned a lot from it, thank you guys!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent workflow Very clear, concise training, gained more than I anticipated!
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from The best of this series so far! Luke is becoming better and better at showcasing many skills, workflows, and techniques at once. Here you can see all of Toontrack products power at full force, while also better grasping Studio One production workflow capabilities, and also many interesting music production ideas and workflows. Excellent!!!
Date published: 2017-01-15
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