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Turning a Loop into a Full Song

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    Introduction (3:44)


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    Turning a Loop into a Full Song (Lesson) (16:35)


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    Approaches to Different Genres (4:29)


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    Working without the Stems (3:53)


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    Where to Start (4:40)


In this course, Josh Bess opens up his own personal live session in Ableton Live, to explain how to turn a small and simple idea into a full music arrangement, ready for live performance and/or an official release. Josh discusses many ways to get you started with building your ideas, along with other tips and tricks to incorporate into your own original music creation, no matter what style of music you are creating.


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AM
Submitted 3 months ago

Useless and boring

Boring and vague explanation of obvious techniques

I am a: Professional, Musician, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Game Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV

Response from Customer Service:

Hello and thank you for your review.
I am sorry you did not like the tutorial. Although the lessons shown may seem vague and obvious to someone with experience, a beginner may find it gives them the start they need when learning to turn a loop into a song.
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amd7777
Submitted 5 months ago

Great

Great short video to explain the basics of an arrangment.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Beat Maker, Sound Designer, Bitwig Studio

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Intergalactic
Submitted 1 year ago

Almost Entirely Useless

Very, very poor choice of instructional content. Take a loop with various bits of content, repeat it over and over with some parts disabled. Add a few other sounds for variety and Voila', you have a track! It's exactly this kind of mundane 'production' (I hesitate to even refer to it as that) that leads to the junk we so commonly hear nowadays. I accept that there's a place for the type of exceptionally simple track used as an example, but it's almost insulting to believe that anyone can't figure out the entire instructional content of this series within 10 minutes of creating their first project in a DAW. Pick some samples at random, throw them together in various combinations and you'll come up with something not too far removed from this. Come on Groove3, you are much better. This is quite awful.

Response from Customer Service:

Hello and thank you for leaving a review for us! That helps a great deal.
I'm very sorry you did not like Josh's walk through of making a song with a loop. By design this was a for those who are just starting out and we wanted to keep it basic and simple before moving on to more advanced ideas and techniques. We agree that this isn't for everyone but beginners will have a nice stepping stone for bigger and better things once these concepts are introduced.
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Rumpole
Submitted 1 year ago

Very helpful.

A lot of good tips.

I am a: Student, Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Producer, Ableton Live

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ElMosca
Submitted 1 year ago

Exactly what I thought it would be

This is good for people who can already create loops but are unsure of how to arrange them into longer productions.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Reason

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TomFool
Submitted 1 year ago

Vague

Pretty vague for most of it. At best it was elementary. I'm surprised that simple things like the build were not explained more. Or the end bar variations. Using a session without the original parts was poor.

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Real
Submitted 1 year ago

Weak

I'll save you 30 minutes - add and subtract things from your "main" loop until you have a song. There is no real knowledge that is shared in this video other than that... Guy doesn't even use his own song . He just uses generic dummy clips to show the idea of subtractive and additive arrangement.

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Owlman
Submitted 1 year ago

Great Video about looping

This was a great Tutorial about looping a thought into a song and he easy explained it

I am a: Beginner, Audio Engineer, Cakewalk Sonar

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Josh Bess is a music producer and educator, born and raised in New York, currently based in Tokyo, Japan. 
Josh Bess is an Amazon Books Top Selling author in the music category with his book, Electronic Dance Music Grooves published with Hal Leonard Corporation. 
 
Josh has music production, composition, and artist credits with Disney, Nickelodeon, MTV, Amazon Fashion Week TOKYO, and more, along with original music releases with electronic music labels, such as Armada Music, Bosphorus Underground Recordings and Naschkatze Underground Recordings.
 
Josh offers private teaching to aspiring music producers on his website, http://www.joshbess.live.

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Turning a Loop into a Full Song is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 8 .
Rated 1.5 out of 5 by from Useless and boring Boring and vague explanation of obvious techniques
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Great Great short video to explain the basics of an arrangment.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from Weak I'll save you 30 minutes - add and subtract things from your "main" loop until you have a song. There is no real knowledge that is shared in this video other than that... Guy doesn't even use his own song . He just uses generic dummy clips to show the idea of subtractive and additive arrangement.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from Vague Pretty vague for most of it. At best it was elementary. I'm surprised that simple things like the build were not explained more. Or the end bar variations. Using a session without the original parts was poor.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful. A lot of good tips.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Exactly what I thought it would be This is good for people who can already create loops but are unsure of how to arrange them into longer productions.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Video about looping This was a great Tutorial about looping a thought into a song and he easy explained it
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Almost Entirely Useless Very, very poor choice of instructional content. Take a loop with various bits of content, repeat it over and over with some parts disabled. Add a few other sounds for variety and Voila', you have a track! It's exactly this kind of mundane 'production' (I hesitate to even refer to it as that) that leads to the junk we so commonly hear nowadays. I accept that there's a place for the type of exceptionally simple track used as an example, but it's almost insulting to believe that anyone can't figure out the entire instructional content of this series within 10 minutes of creating their first project in a DAW. Pick some samples at random, throw them together in various combinations and you'll come up with something not too far removed from this. Come on Groove3, you are much better. This is quite awful.
Date published: 1969-12-31
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