Production Tutorial

U Produce™ Future Pop

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  • Introduction 13:00


    Larry welcomes you and then gets to work, sorting out the key and scale of the song, and also creates a basic chord progression to underpin the production. Larry also shows a cool, basic music theory hack to allow you to create musical compositions.

  • Piano Sound Design Pt. 1 9:24

    Piano Sound Design Pt. 1

    In this video, Larry adds a piano sound and demonstrates how to mix it to have a dreamlike quality.

  • Piano Sound Design Pt. 2 9:59

    Piano Sound Design Pt. 2

    A second piano is now added, to which a gated effect is applied allowing it to inject enough rhythmic movement to hold the listeners interest. Larry also adds a filtered delay style channel to further increase the interest.

  • Filling Out the Intro 16:22

    Filling Out the Intro

    In this video, watch as Larry creates a plucked 8th note pattern and complementary 8th note arpeggiated bass note. Both these sounds are then automated to better fit into the mix.

  • Adding Intro Drums 11:34

    Adding Intro Drums

    In this video, Larry adds a kick, snare and hat pattern to help push the arrangement to the drop, and then add interesting FX to the snares.

  • Layering & Build Up 15:38

    Layering & Build Up

    Follow along as we add various parts to create an exciting buildup consisting of white noise FX, layered snare rolls, sub drops and reverse FX, and then apply low cut EQ to different elements to allow for maximum excitement!

  • Drop Bass & Chords 16:46

    Drop Bass & Chords

    Now it?s time to work out the all-mighty drop, so in this video we?ll use Serum to create drop chord and bass patches, to start working out the drop section. We?ll layer these sounds to fill out the space and apply sidechain compression to pump along with the drums.

  • Additional Mixing & Drum Fills 10:29

    Additional Mixing & Drum Fills

    In this video, Larry performs some additional mixing to pull things together, as well as changes the dynamics of the drop by adding some drum fills to break up the groove, and make things sound a little more exciting. We?ll also add a ride cymbal to help add some extra high frequency energy to the drops.

  • The Arrangement Pt. 1 9:38

    The Arrangement Pt. 1

    Larry now shows you how to arrange the track to fit to a ?radio friendly pop structure?. You?ll also see how to fill out the drop chords with an extra layer / playing an 8th note pattern, which adds extra movement to the drop. Plus, ways to vary the drum pattern on the last drop to add to the excitement is shown.

  • The Arrangement Pt. 2 11:09

    The Arrangement Pt. 2

    More work on the arrangement is shown to try to maintain focus and excitement for the listener. Larry shows you how to tweak the transitions so that the tracks flow better, and then fill out the section with variations of our chords from other sections. Lastly, Larry demonstrates how to alter the velocities of various MIDI notes in certain sections to create different tones between sections, and how to automate parameters to have sudden cuts in sounds.

  • The Arrangement Pt. 3 18:05

    The Arrangement Pt. 3

    In this video, Larry shows you how to develop the arrangement further utilizing existing elements to help keep the transitions flowing. He then adds an extra rhythmic element in the shape of a finger snap, as well as filtering parts to allow them to transition better between sections, and finishes the ending section.

  • Mixing & Mastering Pt. 1 11:55

    Mixing & Mastering Pt. 1

    Now it?s time to discuss sub mixing the sounds and organizing them for mixing. Larry reveals how to apply some bus processing to get the most out of the drop synths and bass parts. You?ll also see how to compress the drums to bring them forward out of the speakers. Lastly, Larry shows how to EQ the kick to have a bit more presence to compete with the synths, as well as discusses the differences between linear phase and channel EQ for the kick.

  • Mixing & Mastering Pt. 2 17:54

    Mixing & Mastering Pt. 2

    Wrapping it all up, Larry demonstrates how to master the track by creating an EQ, compression and imaging chain, before hitting the limiter to maximize the track and get the volume up so its competitive with other tracks in the genre. Parallel compression is also used to bring the RMS of our track up, and Larry demonstrates how to Eq this parallel chain to keep some headroom!

Product Overview

Music production guru Larry Holcombe brings you an in-depth video tutorial series on creating a Future Pop track from scratch. Shot in Logic Pro X, but applicable to any DAW, see what goes into making this popular electronic music genre, as well as tons of production tips and tricks. You also get the stems so you can experiment on your own!

Larry welcomes you and then gets right to it, sorting out the key and scale of the vocal and song, and then creating a basic chord progression to underpin the production. Crafting the perfect piano sound is crucial to this track and Larry reveals some of his secrets for doing so.

Working out the intro, Larry then shows you how to program cool arpeggiated parts as well as crafting drums that push the arrangement to the drop, and then creative FX usage such as white noise FX, layered snare rolls, sub drops, reverse FX and more, for the build ups.

Larry now focuses on mixing the elements of the production and then goes deep into the arrangement so it has energy, forward movement and seamless transitions from section to section. Wrapping it all up, you'll see how Larry mixes and masters the track so it is competitive against other tracks in the Future Pop genre.

If you're into Future Pop and want to know what goes into creating this exciting sound, or just want more info on creating tracks in the vast world of electronic music, this is for you… watch “U Produce™ Future Pop” now.

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