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u-he Diva: Making a Track from Scratch

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Chapter 1 : Setting The Foundation For The Track

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    Intro & Song Play-Through

    In this first video, Thomas introduces the course and plays-though the song that he will be created using u-he's awesome Diva synthesizer.

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    Main Chords

    Thomas starts off the track by creating a washed out keyboard patch that will be used as the basis for the whole song. This video also shows how simple chord progressions can be transposed to make interesting and unusual chord progressions.

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    Drums Pt. 1

    This video establishes the basic rhythm for the song using samples from a Roland CR-78 drum machine.

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    Drums Pt. 2

    To create variation in the drums in the song, Thomas shows how some Linn drum samples can be used to add additional rhythmic variation to the song, so the patterns don't sound too repetitive.

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    Moog Bass

    Lean how to create a classic Moog inspired pluck bass sound in Diva, as well as how to create more interesting baselines by using rhythmic vacation.

Chapter 2 : Adding Additional Melodic Elements

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    Additional Chords

    See how layering synthesizers can be used to make dynamic song structures. This synth patch also utilizes modulations commonly found on a lot of classic 80's synth patches.

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    Additional Bass

    Watch how to take the concepts covered in the previous bass video and use them to make a funk inspired baseline. This bass will be used in the main chorus section of the track and also showcases how to create interesting baselines by wrapping the notes around the kick and snare patterns.

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    Melodic Pad

    Thomas now shows you how to make a classic pad sound that will be used to fill out some of the empty space in the song. This patch can either be used as a pad or a lead sound depending on the arrangement of your song.

Chapter 3 : Synth Fill Elements

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    Lead Synth

    Discover how to make a lead fill for the breakdown/pre course section of the song. This stacked sound utilizes oscillator layering and modulation to create a simple, yet dynamic, lead patch.

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    Arp

    Learn how Diva can be used to create arpeggio patterns similar to what you would find on a modular synthesizer. Using the different voices as a step sequencer, Thomas makes a patch that works as an arpeggiator and a filter modulator simultaneously.

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    Juno Bass Stab Bass

    This video teaches you how to make a Juno inspired bass stab. This patch will be used in the final chorus of the song.

Chapter 4 : Arrangment & Final Edits

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    Arrangement

    This video shows you how to create the basic arrangement and song structure of the track.

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    Fills Pt. 1

    Thomas now shows you how to create some fills for the main chords and drum patches to provide the track with some additional variation. These fills take the basic arraignment created in the previous video and turns it into a full song project.

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    Fills Pt. 2

    To wrap up the course, Thomas shows you some additional fills and automation tricks that can be used on the track.

Product Overview


Synth expert Thomas Cochran brings you comprehensive u-he Diva tutorials! See how to make a complete song from scratch, step-by-step using only u-he Diva and drum machine loops (Included along with the Diva presets, Ableton Live Session, and MIDI tracks used in the videos). This is a great way to see what Diva is capable of, while learning how to craft an electronic track from the ground up. This course is for those who are already familiar with Diva, but want to learn sound design and production techniques using it.

Thomas greets you and starts with a play-through of the chillwave inspired track you'll be creating together, and then jumps right in, showing you how to design and program the main chord sound and part, which is the basis of the track. Then the drums are next, and Thomas utilizes loop samples from a Roland CR-78 and Linn drum machine. (Included via the course extras link) Then you'll see how to make a mighty Moog bass sound from scratch with Diva, and then make it more interesting by using rhythmic variation.

Moving on you'll watch how to add additional melodic elements such as chords, basslines and a melodic pad part, all utilizing Diva's powerful sound sculpting features, and then program and arrange them into interesting parts.

Last but not least, you'll see how to make some ear candy, like lead parts, cool arpeggios, and a Juno Bass Stab part to elevate the production, and then finalize the arrangement by introducing more variation to the parts with fills, thus making the production complete.

To see what these detailed u-he Diva tutorials show you, and how they'll get you making your own sounds and cool songs in no-time, see the individual u-he Diva video tutorial descriptions on this page. Go deep into this amazing virtual synth and start making great tracks now... Watch "u-he Diva: Making a Track from Scratch" today.


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Thomas Cochran electronic musician and multi instrumentalist from Austin Texas, who now lives in Los Angeles. He focuses on creating electronic music that features both ambient and classical influences.

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing music at a young age, starting with classical guitar. This started my love for music and eventually expanded into learning other instruments as well. To date, I have had over ten years of classical experience and training as well as additional instrumental experience.

2. What training have you had?

I grew up studying classical guitar and composition and eventually started applying my classical knowledge to learning other instruments as well, ranging from violin, cello, keys, and drums.

3. When did you get intro recording?

I got into recording out of necessity when me and some friends started a band back in high school and couldn't afford studio time. Through this, I learned about music production and recording and haven't looked back since.

4. Why are you so good at training people?

I love learning about the technical aspects of music production, this helps me understand the how music production works under the hood. I have also worked for several years creating music production tutorials online.

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    Studio wiz Thomas Cochran presents creative Ableton Live 11 video tutorials! If you are new to Ableton Live 11 and want to see how to put together a cool track from scratch, stop right here. Thomas shows you how to make a cool new-style R&B track utilizing many of the new features found in Ableton Live 11. You also get the Ableton Live 11 project with all the audio so you can follow along on your system. These videos are for those who have some basic Ableton Live knowledge but want to see ways to produce a song.

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    Ableton Live: Producing Alternative R&B

    Studio pro Thomas Cochran delivers in-depth Ableton Live production video tutorials! See how to make a complete Alternative R&B song in the style of Frank Ocean and The Weekend from scratch, step-by-step using only Ableton Live. This course is for those who are already familiar with Ableton Live, but want to learn Alternative R&B sound design and production techniques. You also get the samples and presets used in the videos so you can follow along on your studio system.

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u-he Diva: Making a Track from Scratch is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 3 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Good job! Great experience, also for a newbie like me!
Date published: 2021-01-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very helpful I love this - the teacher is my favorite so far!!!!!
Date published: 2020-12-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from 5 Stars to Groove 3......and here is why. I've watched just the first video in this series and the beautiful thing is I can listen to the final version of the song right away. I love that I don't have to waste 2.5 hours and still not get the final version of the song. Right off the bat, I can: a. know if this is the education I want to invest my time in b. If I like certain elements of the music, I can jump into the sections that address those elements that I want to learn and skip over the ones I am not interested at the moment. c. I can focus on areas that I need my attention. Good job Groove 3 in listening to our suggestions/feed back and I am hopeful every new video will have the same format. This makes learning fun. I am going to delve into this series a little more. I am going to give this 5 stars because I know that education is always good but you have addressed my most pressing concern in the introduction video itself.
Date published: 2020-11-21
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