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Songwriting & Producing with Toontrack: Neo Soul

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Chapter 1 : Introduction

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    Series Introduction

    Luke explains the outline for this tutorial series and how Toontrack's products can be used to produce original song tracks.

Chapter 2 : Creating a Song Track with EZkeys

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    Auditioning Keyboard Parts in EZKeys

    Learn how to audition various presets and MIDI parts within the EZKeys interface.

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    Building A Song with EZKeys

    Luke shows you how to build a song track by adding MIDI blocks into the song creator of EZKeys.

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    Editing EZKeys Song Blocks

    Learn how to modify your song by editing individual MIDI blocks.

Chapter 3 : Creating a Drum Track with EZdrummer 2

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    Setting Up EZdrummer 2

    An explanation of the Southern Soul 60's preset used in this tutorial series.

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    Creating a Drum Track with EZdrummer 2

    Learn how to create brand new drum tracks and how to manipulate them using the Edit Play Style function within EZdrummer 2.

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    Creating Drum Fills with EZdrummer 2

    Luke shows you how to add drum fills to your drum track using MIDI fills from EZdrummer 2 MIDI packs.

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    Organizing Your Song Arrangement

    Learn how to create the same track arrangement from EZKeys/EZdrummer 2 within Studio One.

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    Manually Editing Fills in Your DAW

    Modify your drum fills within the "Piano Roll" MIDI editor of your DAW to create custom fills.

Chapter 4 : Creating a Bass Track with EZkeys

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    Creating a Bass Part with EZKeys

    No bass player? No problem. Learn how to create your bass track within EZKeys.

Chapter 5 : Adding FX To Individual Instrument Tracks Using EZmix 2

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    Using EZMix 2 on Drums & Bass Tracks

    Luke explains some of his favorite EZMix 2 presets for the Drum Bus and Bass tracks.

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    Expanding EZKeys Layers & Adding EZMix 2

    Learn how to layer multiple instances of EZKeys with unique EZMix 2 presets.

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    Exporting MIDI from EZKeys & Arranging EZKeys Layers

    Export MIDI tracks from EZKeys and arrange them within your DAW to create movement within your song track.

Chapter 6 : Modify Your Drum Track Using Superior Drummer 2 & EZmix 2

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    Modifying the Drum Track with Superior Drummer 2

    Luke uses a Superior Drummer 2 preset with the same settings as EZdrummer 2 and shows you how to manipulate the drum track using exclusive features from Superior Drummer 2.

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    Using EZmix 2 on Individual Drum Tracks

    Luke shows you how to use EZMix 2 on individual drum tracks using a Multi-Channel Output configuration with Superior Drummer 2.

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    Using EZmix 2 for Parallel Compression

    Luke explains how to create a "Para Comp" channel and how to use EZMix 2 to create an overly processed drum track that can be mixed in with the original drum track.

Chapter 7 : Creating Vocal Tracks with EZmix 2

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    Preparing the Track for Vocals

    Luke makes a few final modifications before sending the track to the vocalist. He explains how to transpose the song track down a couple steps to better fit within the vocalist range.

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    Explanation of Vocal Tracks

    Spencer Hansen discusses his vocal tracks and what he thinks about when recording vocals and writing lyrics for an original song.

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    Using EZmix 2 on Vocal Tracks

    Spencer discusses some of his favorite EZMix 2 presets for lead vocals.

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    Using EZmix 2 on Background Vocals

    Learn how to create a Background Vocal bus channel that can be processed using multiple instances of EZmix 2.

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    Adding an Organ Instrument Track

    Spencer adds a custom organ track to help the song build in the final chorus and outro.

Chapter 8 : Mastering with EZmix 2

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    Using EZMix 2 on the Master Bus

    Luke explains how you can use EZMix 2 on your Master Bus to add that final polish to your song tracks.

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    Using Reference Speakers for Mix Adjustments

    Learn about the importance of using reference speakers and minor adjustments during the final stages of the mix/mastering process.

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    A/B Track With & Without EZMix 2 FX

    Listen to the finished track with and without FX to hear the impact EZMix 2 can have on your individual tracks and on the Master Bus.

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    Series Recap

    Luke recaps this series with a quick outline how Toontrack's products were used in the creation process of this original track.

Product Overview


In this video tutorial series, Toontrack guru Luke Oswald and vocal extraordinaire Spencer Hansen create a groovy Neo Soul song from scratch, all the way to master mix using only Toontrack products and a DAW. Plus, the info can be applied to any genre too!

The dynamic duo uses EZkeys, EZdrummer, Superior Drummer and EZmix to get the job done, along with the basic functions of Studio One. The info can be applied to any modern DAW, so everyone will get something from this series.

See how to create drum, bass and keyboard parts, sketch out the different sections of the song, arrange them, edit and produce them, add vocals and then mix & master for a studio quality sound.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you are into this style of music, or just want a great course on using Toontrack products creatively, watch “Songwriting & Producing with Toontrack: Neo Soul” today!


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Songwriting & Producing with Toontrack: Neo Soul is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 17 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Excellent training
Date published: 2018-10-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Amazing Video I really enjoyed Luke's teaching style. The educational part for me was understanding his mindset..his approach, his thinking...how he looks at a generic chord structure, moves things around just a little ..which in turn transforms the chordal progression from good to amazing and leads perfectly into the next section. Here are a few things I would have loved to hear in the song: a. Finger snaps on verse 2 on the rim shots??? which would add an extra layer of groove. b. Would have loved to hear the organ come in a little bit earlier....during the bridge perhaps. The chordal structure would lend for some amazing voice leading. c. It just might be my headphones but the mastering plugin made the snare sound on chorus a little too bright and aggressive. It pulled my attention away from the vocals. I guess this illustrates your point about the importance of A/B'ing and referencing in your earlier video. d. Lastly, I think the last video should have been where we get to hear the song in it's entirety without any track or effects muting so we could enjoy the fruit of your labor :-). Can you upload that song? All in all...absolutely amazing educational video. I will be checking out more of Luke's tutorials.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excelente tutorial.. Toontrack es una excelente herramienta. Y en la manera en este tutorial te explica e aprendido muchas cosas. Gracias...
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great features! Very cool tutorial! More please tutorials from Toontrack products. There is nothing better than showing the entire production of the song!
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from These toontrack tutorials are really inspiring Great material from these guys and I just love the toontrack products. This one is a neo soul based music and there are others on groove. Hope they keep coming in a variety of styles. The stems would have been useful to build these tracks along with the tutorials but otherwise truly great to work with.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Inspiring I found this tutorial to be inspiring and a solid explanation of the toontrack workflow. Both guys are easy to listen to and don't get bogged down in the details. In other words, they don't assume you are an idiot. I'm looking forward to going through their other videos.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Nicely paced walkthrough on a real project I wrote the review just to mention that, for me, the narration was louder than the music. I think it should be the other way round. To hear some of the effects and variations I had to turn the volume up to a decent working volume but down again as soon as the narration blasted in. Kind of frustrating. The actual course content, guidance and info was very good.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Not the usual boring product infomercial Many tutorials break out just one product too much in isolation and one therefore doesn´t get a feel for how to use it in context of the production and mixing process. This tutorial is one of the few exceptions I´ve seen. It´s not one of the usual boring product infomercials of little use, that unfortunately are too common. This tutorial puts the products more in perspective and the teachers show more experience and depth of knowledge with the products. I for example really like how the teachers show some specific presets of the EZmix plugin that they actually uses on a regular basis. They doesn´t just fiddle around, they have used the products before, they have a plan and show things that they knows works. I think doing an original song helps, maybe the producer and singer this way has some more skin in the game to show off their skills so that the song sounds good. Groove 3, please continue with more tutorials in this direction. Toontrack products and Studio One are great, I´d like Spectrasonics and Fabfilter plugins to be covered this way also. I´ve been a subscriber of Groove 3 tutorials for some years now. I was just thinking I´d had enough, but now I think I´ll stay subscribing for another year.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful I have these products and found this video to be very helpful in integrating it all
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Easy to use... for copycats A spoonful of fresh cream over a Maggi soup, it's still a Maggi soup. I do not see how this can help to compose. This start with a pattern that I do not compose, the Drums follow and the Bass follow this pattern... the rest is only cosmetic. The video is good made and the explanation is good. But I still not see the intention!? This has nothing with composing to do. You can achieve the same with programs like Band In a Box in 30 seconds or better buy a Karaoke.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Perfect for starters Super inspiration for Building a song from start to end
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from ***Excellent Tutorial*** I'm a beginner keyboard player who has been thinking about purchasing EZKeys and EZdrummer 2. This tutorial answered all my questions and inspired me. I would like to see a tutorial on how to use EZMix for live vocal effects. You mentioned that you used it in live performances.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Adequate Overall I found the series very helpful...enough so that I went ahead and purchased EZ Keys. The only negative I have is there is some type of distortion going on in some places with the VO (enharmonic resonance I believe). Other than that a really helpful tutorial.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from The real thing! The tutorials are real-world examples of using Toontracks plugins.With tech savviness and musicality, the instructors gave inspiring and practicals tips in these series.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Tutorial This tutorial was very well done. It truly offered a step by step explanation and demonstration on writing a song just using what is available with EZ plug-ins and the host DAW. The explanation was clear and simple, and the author spoke in an intelligent and pleasant manner. I vey much enjoyed this tutorial. Thanks for the great job.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Applies to any style of music, great guide I almost didn't watch this because the title sounded like a tutorial on creating a "Neo Soul" song. This is actually a detailed guide on how to create any style of song in Studio One 3 using EZKeys, EZDrummer, Superior Drummer 2.0 and EZMix. It just uses Neo soul as a good example.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Neo Soul Very detailed videos showing how to best use the EZ line of products. Well done! My only suggestion would be to lower the voice over tracks relative to the music in the videos. I had to raise and lower my volume while watching.
Date published: 2016-11-05
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