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Songwriting & Producing with Toontrack: Neo Soul

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Introduction

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    Tutorial 1

    Series Introduction

    1:29

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

Creating a Song Track with EZkeys

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    Tutorial 2

    Auditioning Keyboard Parts in EZKeys

    7:43

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

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    Tutorial 3

    Building A Song with EZKeys

    5:52

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

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    Tutorial 4

    Editing EZKeys Song Blocks

    12:18

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

Creating a Drum Track with EZdrummer 2

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    Tutorial 5

    Setting Up EZdrummer 2

    4:08

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

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    Tutorial 6

    Creating a Drum Track with EZdrummer 2

    13:39

    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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    Tutorial 7

    Creating Drum Fills with EZdrummer 2

    3:38

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

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    Tutorial 8

    Organizing Your Song Arrangement

    3:41

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

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    Tutorial 9

    Manually Editing Fills in Your DAW

    4:26

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

Creating a Bass Track with EZkeys

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    Tutorial 10

    Creating a Bass Part with EZKeys

    9:28

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

Adding FX To Individual Instrument Tracks Using EZmix 2

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    Tutorial 11

    Using EZMix 2 on Drums & Bass Tracks

    10:52

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

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    Tutorial 12

    Expanding EZKeys Layers & Adding EZMix 2

    8:23

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

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    Tutorial 13

    Exporting MIDI from EZKeys & Arranging EZKeys Layers

    6:11

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

Modify Your Drum Track Using Superior Drummer 2 & EZmix 2

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    Tutorial 14

    Modifying the Drum Track with Superior Drummer 2

    7:12

    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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    Tutorial 15

    Using EZmix 2 on Individual Drum Tracks

    11:00

    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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    Tutorial 16

    Using EZmix 2 for Parallel Compression

    5:52

    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.

Creating Vocal Tracks with EZmix 2

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    Tutorial 17

    Preparing the Track for Vocals

    5:43

    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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    Tutorial 18

    Explanation of Vocal Tracks

    4:19

    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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    Tutorial 19

    Using EZmix 2 on Vocal Tracks

    6:30

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

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    Tutorial 20

    Using EZmix 2 on Background Vocals

    3:45

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

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    Tutorial 21

    Adding an Organ Instrument Track

    1:29

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

Mastering with EZmix 2

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    Tutorial 22

    Using EZMix 2 on the Master Bus

    8:51

    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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    Tutorial 23

    Using Reference Speakers for Mix Adjustments

    2:32

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

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    Tutorial 24

    A/B Track With & Without EZMix 2 FX

    3:48

    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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    Tutorial 25

    Series Recap

    2:04

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

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!

lakland
Submitted 4 months ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools, Reason

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DAW
Submitted 9 months ago

Excelente tutorial..

Toontrack es una excelente herramienta. Y en la manera en este tutorial te explica e aprendido muchas cosas. Gracias...

I am a: Beginner, Student, Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro

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elmuz
Submitted 1 year ago

Great features!

Very cool tutorial! More please tutorials from Toontrack products. There is nothing better than showing the entire production of the song!

I am a: Producer, Musician

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Rocking Ringo
Submitted 1 year ago

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.

I am a: Producer, Audio Engineer, Musician, Hobbyist

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dan19460
Submitted 1 year ago

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.

I am a: Producer, Audio Engineer, Musician, Hobbyist

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scoobyclub
Submitted 1 year ago

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.

I am a: Musician, Hobbyist

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Pelle
Submitted 1 year ago

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.

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MattRob
Submitted 1 year ago

Very Helpful

I have these products and found this video to be very helpful in integrating it all

I am a: Musician

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fer1
Submitted 1 year ago

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.

I am a: Musician

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Gudmann66
Submitted 1 year ago

Perfect for starters

Super inspiration for Building a song from start to end

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer

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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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Songwriting & Producing with Toontrack: Neo Soul is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 16.
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