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U Produce™ Techno

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16 Videos | Length: 3hr 3min 2sec
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    Larry welcomes you to the series and gives you a play through of the track you'll be making together.

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    The Track Foundation Pt. 1

    In this video, we create a Kick and rumble combination using Kick synthesis, sample layering and manipulating found sounds.

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    The Track Foundation Pt. 2

    Larry continues setting the track foundation.

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    Fine Tuning the Kick & Additional Elements

    Next we add saturation to our kick drum and also add a baseline and off-beat Hi-Hat to fill out the groove. These sounds are then fine tuned to fit in the mix.

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    Adding FX Loops

    In this video, we add some extra FX loops to help us to add tension to the track and enhance the builds.

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    Adding an Acid Line

    See how to add an acid 303 line which will be the main hook of the track. We design the sound in Phoscyon and program a line around the root note of our scale.

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    303 FX & Drums

    In this video, we fine-tune the 303 line by adding a delay and then add some additional drums in the form of a 4/4 clap, and fast hats to give us more elements to keep the arrangement interesting. Finally we add a hoover style riser.

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    Basic Arrangement

    Larry now takes an arrangement from another track and copies it to get us into the arrangement mindset. He then creates an Intro, Main Track Body and Outro.

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    Bass Stab & Extra Clap

    See how to add an additional drum and bass style low stab to help add interest to the track, and then apply processing to fit it in. We also place a clap sound on the 2 and 4 beats to change the groove slightly.

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    303 Automation Pt. 1

    In this video, we use Logic's Smart Controls to alter parameters on the 303 part playing from Phoscyon. This is mapped to a MIDI controller so we can introduce some live tweaking. We subsequently add an additional 303 to add momentum to the second drop.

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    303 Automation Pt. 2

    Larry continues working on the 303's automation and tweaking.

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    Fine Tuning the FX & Arrangement

    Larry now arranges some of the incidental tension FX so the arrangement keeps moving forward. Some of these are automated so they crescendo to enhance transitions.

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    The Hoover Sound

    For the breakdown, we create a custom, Hoover style patch in Massive, and then automate parameters so it comes to life and builds up to the second drop. A reverb is also added to help the sound build even more up to the drop.

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    Adding Some Extra Parts

    In this video, we start by adding some crispness to the 303 parts with saturation. We then continue to add some additional fills and vocal FX to help fill out the arrangement.

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    Mixing It

    In this video, we add some stereo width to our hats and automate a flanger to create interest. We then apply some EQ, rolling off the low end in certain sounds, and add some hi pass processing on the stereo output as well.

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    Finishing It Up

    In this final video, we organize the project and apply limiters to the busses to help tame transients, and also add some parallel processing to the kick and clap to help them cut through. Lastly, we add a mastering chain to finalize our track!

Product Overview

Larry Holcombe brings you a collection of Techno production tutorials! Learn how to produce Techno music and make authentic Techno tracks. These Techno production videos are designed for the new Techno producer who has experience using a DAW, as well as for those who who are seasoned at making this genre, but just want some fresh ideas.

To begin, Larry welcomes you and gives you a play through of the Techno track you'll be creating together, followed by an in-depth look at building a strong foundation for the track with the Kick and its sonic rumble, by combining Kick synthesis, sample layering and manipulating found sounds.

Next you'll discover how to add FX loops and craft an all-mighty 303 style synth line that really moves the song along. Larry then shows you how to add more drums and starts to hash out the arrangement, followed by making fat Bass stabs, using automation for interest, making a classic Hoover sound, fine-tuning the arrangement, basic mixing techniques for Techno, and how to apply limiters to the busses to help tame transients and use a mastering chain to glue it all together!

To see what each tutorial shows you and how it can help you produce Techno music, see the individual Techno production tutorial descriptions on this page. If you're new to producing Techno, or just want more ideas and techniques on the subject, this series of tutorial videos will help you produce and mix Techno music like a pro... See how to make modern techno tracks today with “U Produce™ Techno”.

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U Produce™ Techno is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 6 .
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from No Logic? Not for you! Almost impossible to follow without Logic and a lot of third party plug ins.
Date published: 2021-05-01
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Good Tutorial I think it is overall a good tutorial! It shows the making of a track from start to finish. The guy knows what he does. I like the practical way how he does the thing and not talking about how to do it in theory. Making music is about making descisions that lead into a complete track. The track its self is good but not a really outstanding one, but for the tutorial it definitely does the job. The mix is good. When you are a absolut beginner you may struggle recreating those loops that where used. But the part about how to create a Kick and a simple beat is explained in detail. I'm not a logic user but I think the tutorial translate well into any other DAW. This is not a tutorial on how you use your DAW at all, it about making a track from start to finish and you can adopt some parts of the workflow.
Date published: 2021-01-04
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from He's kinda just doing his own thing I struggled to pay attention while watching this series. It's much less of a tutorial and more of watching someone make a song and occasionally explain what he's doing without and extra context. It requires you to have Logic Pro X to really follow along, so if you have Ableton Live or another DAW you really can't follow along. He doesn't explain the purpose behind things and explaining why those things make techno, techno. He quietly jumps from one thing to the next while you sit watching him fine tune a song in real time which isn't helpful and I found myself trying not to doze off into a nap. I'm not even sure who this video is targeted towards. If you're able to follow along with everything he's doing and understand all the concepts he's doing then I'm certain you wouldn't even need this video and if you're a beginner, this is way too complicated to follow along. It would have been better if he made general additions and changes and quickly explained why it pertains to the genre instead of watching his spend 5 to 10 minutes trying to find the perfect sound for each part. Or 3 minutes EQing an additional wav or sound file to layer onto the kick. But I appreciate the guys technical ability and time put forward into making this series, its just not worth the time in my opinion when there are others who explain things in a much more concise and contextual way.
Date published: 2020-03-12
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from interesting Started off by saying he wouldn't use third party plugins, and used more third party than logic plugins. Quite a few actions performed were not explained in any detail. All in all though this was a worth a watch.
Date published: 2019-11-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Ear Opening I'm not even really a big trance fan, but I'm finding this tutorial very informative from a sound design perspective. I'll definitely use some of these techniques in the music I make.
Date published: 2019-06-16
Rated 1.5 out of 5 by from Mwah.. There are better tutorials to find on Youtube with realy inspiring tracks and more importantly: the overal sound (end mix) is not club worthy. Sorry, don't waste your time on this.
Date published: 2019-06-08
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