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U Produce™ Future Pop

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    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.

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    Piano Sound Design Pt. 1

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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Submitted 2 years ago

Good course

Worth the time. Track came together nicely, along with a lot of good arrangement tips within.

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Submitted 2 years ago

Very good series. Enjoyed it!

Great videos. This guy knows his biz that's for sure!

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Submitted 2 years ago

Good course

Worth the time. Track came together nicely, along with a lot of good arrangement tips within.

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Submitted 2 years ago

Very good series. Enjoyed it!

Great videos. This guy knows his biz that's for sure!

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I learnt the trumpet and piano around age 12 and then guitar a couple of years later. I played in a few indie bands for a few years until I discovered the turntables and Dj'ing. I then swapped the guitar for the synthesizer and the stage for the Dj booth and the rest is history!

2. What training have you had?

I completed a diploma in sound engineering and music technology from islington Music Workshop in London. I am also level 1 certified in Logic. The most important training I have received though is sitting for hours on end at my studio making music!

3. When did you get into recording?

Recording demos for the indie bands I mentioned earlier. Then recording vocals for my tracks as DEF inc. and laterally Rebel Sonix. I also worked in London studio Rollover in around 2005.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've remixed Coldplay, Kylie, Roots Manuva and John B. Labels I have released on include Parlaphone, EMI, Fingerlickin, Eight Fx, Quantum, Botchit and Scarper amongst others. I have composed music for Sony Playstation games, Sky tv, J&B Whiskey, Lexus cars and the BBC to name a few. I have produced online tutorial videos and have had a 1 hour production video in Music Techs magazines cover DVD. I have also Dj'ed at events such as Glastonbury festival and Miami WMC and touring extensively all over the world.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well hopefully I have a clear and concise training method mixed with a serious passion for making music. I have previously worked for Apple teaching Logic and also regularly lecture on Logic and electronic music production. I also teach the Ministry of Sound DJ academy in London which involves teaching an introduction to Djing as well as in depth seminars on using NI's Traktor and also Serato Scratch Live. As a producer making cutting edge electronic music, I have to remain at the forefront of new sounds and production techniques. I mix my time between different areas of the music industry - production, remixing, DJing and also teaching which allows me to develop all those skills simultaneously - so I can improve my teaching ability whilst also continuing to develop as a producer (something which you never stop doing!)

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U Produce™ Future Pop is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 2 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Good course Worth the time. Track came together nicely, along with a lot of good arrangement tips within.
Date published: 2019-04-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good series. Enjoyed it! Great videos. This guy knows his biz that's for sure!
Date published: 2019-03-21
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