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Songwriting & Producing with Toontrack: Neo Soul

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Chapter 1 : Introduction

  • Series Introduction 1:29

    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

  • Auditioning Keyboard Parts in EZKeys 7:43

    Auditioning Keyboard Parts in EZKeys

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

  • Building A Song with EZKeys 5:52

    Building A Song with EZKeys

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

  • Editing EZKeys Song Blocks 12:18

    Editing EZKeys Song Blocks

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

Chapter 3 : Creating a Drum Track with EZdrummer 2

  • Setting Up EZdrummer 2 4:08

    Setting Up EZdrummer 2

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

  • Creating a Drum Track with EZdrummer 2 13:39

    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.

  • Creating Drum Fills with EZdrummer 2 3:38

    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.

  • Organizing Your Song Arrangement 3:41

    Organizing Your Song Arrangement

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

  • Manually Editing Fills in Your DAW 4:26

    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

  • Creating a Bass Part with EZKeys 9:28

    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

  • Using EZMix 2 on Drums & Bass Tracks 10:52

    Using EZMix 2 on Drums & Bass Tracks

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

  • Expanding EZKeys Layers & Adding EZMix 2 8:23

    Expanding EZKeys Layers & Adding EZMix 2

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

  • Exporting MIDI from EZKeys & Arranging EZKeys Layers 6:11

    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

  • Modifying the Drum Track with Superior Drummer 2 7:12

    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.

  • Using EZmix 2 on Individual Drum Tracks 11:00

    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.

  • Using EZmix 2 for Parallel Compression 5:52

    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

  • Preparing the Track for Vocals 5:43

    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.

  • Explanation of Vocal Tracks 4:19

    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.

  • Using EZmix 2 on Vocal Tracks 6:30

    Using EZmix 2 on Vocal Tracks

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

  • Using EZmix 2 on Background Vocals 3:45

    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.

  • Adding an Organ Instrument Track 1:29

    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

  • Using EZMix 2 on the Master Bus 8:51

    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.

  • Using Reference Speakers for Mix Adjustments 2:32

    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.

  • A/B Track With & Without EZMix 2 FX 3:48

    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.

  • Series Recap 2:04

    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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