Producertech Drum & Bass Production and Sound Design By Icicle TUTORiAL
This new Producertech course comes courtesy of one of the most technically skilled Drum and Bass producers in the industry, Icicle. During the 3 hours of in-depth tutorials, he shares his sought after production techniques, covering synthesis, mixing and arranging. The course will provide you will all the expertise you need to create modern, dancefloor destroying Drum and Bass anthems.
Jeroen Snik aka Icicle is a household name in the electronic music scene, having released on some of drum and bass’s most renowned labels, including Hospital Records, Critical Music, and Shogun Audio. His 2011 debut album ‘Under the Ice’ received widespread critical acclaim, and this was followed up in 2015 by ‘Entropy’, topping DnB charts worldwide and spawning the Entropy Live tour, an audio-visual experience like no other. Icicle has always been hugely respected for his intricate sound design and meticulous productions, which have won him plaudits across the globe and cemented his place as one of DnB’s biggest names.
In this course, Icicle provides a real insight into his detailed production methods, sharing with you a variety of useful tips and tricks. He shows you how to create all the elements of a heavy DnB track, kicking off with some FM synthesised drums. After these are processed with FabFilter plugins, Icicle proceeds to create a warping resampled bassline in FM8 and some FX risers with Massive. The course concludes with a guide to mixing and arrangement, providing you with the knowledge needed to create tense builds and earth-shattering drops.
Module 1 - Using an Analyser
The course kicks off with a look at the importance of using a spectrum analyser, specifically Voxengo's Span plugin, which is a free download.
Module 2 - Synthesising a Kick
Icicle teaches how to synthesise a punchy kick from scratch using Ableton's Operator synth, and then resamples it.
Module 3 - Kick Drum Processing
The kick drum from the previous module is processed using a selection of FabFilter plugins to create a powerful kick that will cut through the mix.
Module 4 - Creating an FM Snare
Icicle walks through the creation of a crisp DnB snare, synthesised from scratch with Native Instruments FM8 plugin.
Module 5 - Building a Drum Loop
This video shows the construction and processing of a basic DnB loop, using the kick and snare from previous modules, along with some hi hats to add some high frequency elements.
Module 6 - Slicing the Loop
Icicle shows how to slice the drum loop to a MIDI clip, that can be controlled by a variety of macros, and can also be saved to be used in other projects.
Module 7 - Making an FM Bass Sound
Using FM8, Icicle walks through the principles of FM synthesis, before applying this knowledge to create a dark, warping bassline.
Module 8 - Processing the Bass
The bass sound from the previous module is further developed with some processing, and is the resampled, looped and further manipulated using Native Instruments Kontakt.
Module 9 - Bussing
This module shows how to set up a bus in Ableton, that can be used to process the various elements of the track.
Module 10 - Mixing Part 1
Icicle shows how to use multiband sidechain compression to help each individual element cut through the mix.
Module 11 - Adding EQ
In this video, Icicle continues the mixing process, adding a FabFilter EQ plugin to clean up the overall mix.
Module 12 - Limiting
This module shows how to use a limiter to add gain while keeping the overall sound punchy and defined.
Module 13 - The Build Up
Icicle shares some of his techniques for creating tension building moments in a track, including automating pads and creating a kick drum roll.
Module 14 - Creating Risers
This module shows how to create your own pitch and noise risers from scratch, using Native Instruments Massive plugin.
Module 15 - More FX
Icicle adds some more layers of FX to thicken out the track, including manipulating the sounds made in Massive to create noise sweeps.
Module 16 - Finishing Touches
The course concludes with the addition of some crashes from Kontakt's sample library to fill out the intro and build up sections.
Track from the Course:
Groove3 Amplitube 4 Explained TUTORiAL
IK Multimedia Amplitube 4 raises the bar yet again for software-based guitar and bass tone and amp modeling. In this in-depth video tutorial series studio computer guru Todd Tatnall delivers deep exploration of this monster sounding amp plug-in suite!
After Todd explores the basics such as Installation and Loading the plug-in, he then covers the Presets. Then begins his coverage of the UI and the Input/Output bar. Next, he shows you around the Tuner Section and the Module/Rig Selector, including the extremely flexible Routing Options.
The next group of videos cover Modules in detail. In the Stomp Module video, Todd demonstrates How to Browse, Load, and work with the plethora of included Stompboxes and Amp Modules. Todd then covers the Cabinet Section, and Rack and Insert Effects, which you can use either at the end of your Signal Chain, or in an Effects Loop.
Todd now teaches you how to configure external MIDI Hardware to Control Amplitube, as well as how to use the Built-In Track Recorder, including Editing and Mixing down your Tracks directly in Amplitube 4.
Finally, Todd demonstrates how to use the Built-In Looper to create up to four Audio Loops and Export one or all of them for future use in your DAW or to send to someone else to use in their productions.
If you're new to Amplitube 4 or an advanced user looking for expert tips, get amped up and watch "Amplitube 4 Explained" now... Your guitar tracks will thank you for it!
Producertech Complete Guide to Stereo Width By Rob Jones TUTORiAL
In this course, Senior Tutor Rob Jones will arm you with all the knowledge you need to tackle stereo mixing. With a comprehensive look at how various Live effects can affect stereo width, as well as a guide on how to construct customisable Ableton Live Effect Racks, this course is a must for any producer looking to create huge, wide sounding mixes.
A thorough understanding of the width of different elements in a mix is a crucial skill for any producer wanting to create huge, wide-sounding tracks that will translate onto any sound system. On this course by Producertech Senior Tutor Rob Jones, you'll be armed you with all the knowledge you need to achieve this, whether through basic panning and application of various effects, more complex adjustment of phase and frequency, or independent processing of mid and side signals, both on individual sounds, return tracks and the master bus.
Each module discusses a different area of stereo mixing, with in-depth explanations of every technique and examples of how to apply them to drums, synthesisers, vocals and other instruments. Once a multitude of techniques have been thoroughly explored, there are 3 bonus lessons, including a lengthy tutorial that puts everything into practice whilst mixing an actual track. Throughout the tutorials, various Effects Racks are made, which come bundled with the course, so students not only learn about the inner workings of these advanced effects setups but also have instant presets to load up and apply to their mixes.
Alongside the streamed video lessons, accessible on any online devices, students can also download comprehensive written notes that accompany each module, featuring clear explanations to aid with the learning process. With feedback and assistance always available via the Producertech website, this course will truly take your stereo mixing abilities to the next level. For more information and to see an example of the course content, check out the trailer and sample module movies on the media tab.
COMPLETE GUIDE TO STEREO WIDTH
Module 1: Panning and the Utility Effect
Beginning with an explanation of what the stereo width of a signal is, this module then goes on to demonstrate how panning can be used to achieve a wider signal. The lesson also shows how the utility effect can be used to gain greater control over mid and side signals.
Module 2: Delay
This lesson shows how simple delay, ping pong delay, and filter delay can all be used to widen a signal.
Module 3: Chorus
This lesson shows how the chorus effect can be used to generate stereo width, and how this can be shaped by a filter to clean up the mix.
Module 4: Reverb
The module begins with a guide on using utility to check the processing on samples. Then, Live's reverb effect is explored, with each parameter's effect on the stereo width of a signal clearly demonstrated.
Module 5: Detuning
The effect of detuning on stereo width is explored in detail, and there is a guide on detuning a synth patch to thicken it, as well some tips on detuning a vocal sample to widen it.
Module 6: Adjusting Phase
There is an explanation of what phase is, and its impact on a signal. Then, the module teaches how to adjust the phase of a signal using the utility effect.
Module 7: Mid/Side EQ
This lesson teaches how to EQ left and right, and mid and side signals differently to increase the width of a signal.
Module 8: Other Mid/Side Processing
A variety of other effects used to process the side signal are demonstrated, including compression, frequency shifter and grain delay.
Module 9: Rack Presets
This lesson goes though the effect racks built throughout the course so far, and shows how to use them in Live.
Bonus Module 1: Building a Chorus Rack
A step by step guide to constructing a fully customisable chorus rack using simple delay and other live devices.
Bonus Module 2: Stereo Plugins
A brief look at some 3rd party stereo width plugins.
Bonus Module 3: Putting it all Together
A detailed look at the stereo considerations of individual tracks, return tracks and the master channel in a real life mixdown scenario.
Live Courses Complete Guide to Compression TUTORiAL
Much used but rarely fully understood, compression is an incredible tool utilised by audio professionals in every field. These detailed lessons, taught by Course Director, professional producer and Music and Sound Recording graduate Rob Jones, will take you from a basic to a thorough understanding of this powerful effect.
With visual and aural demonstrations, accompanied by a clear and informative commentary, by the end of the course you will have a thorough grasp of how single band and multiband compression functions and how to apply it to individual and groups of drums, vocals and the master buss.
The course starts by giving you a basic understanding of the parameters found on every compressor, including examples of their effects on dynamics and frequency, demonstrating how different settings can alter the sound both positively and negatively. Students learn how to use a compressor both as a precision tool and as a creative device, with specific examples and aural and visual demonstrations, to help get the most out of a mix.
Module 1: Compressor Basics
Going straight in with an example, Rob shows you how the different parameters on a standard compressor effect a drum loop. Clearly demonstrating the effects both visually and aurally, you’re given a detailed background on how the different parameters affect the signal.
Module 2: Compression’s Effect on Frequency and Level
In this lesson, Rob introduces you to the effect of compression on extremes of frequency. He demonstrates with the help of an analyser how applying hard compression, with varying attack times, alters the amount of high and low frequencies in relation to each other. This presentation enables you to hear how compression may suck the life out of your drums if overused.
Module 3: An Advanced Analysis of Attack and Release
In this module, you will be given a detailed look into the effect of some of the most commonly used parameters available on all compressors: Attack and Release. Using graphical displays, coupled with Rob's experienced commentary, by the end of this lesson you will fully understand the application of these important functions.
Module 4: External Sidechain Sources - Pumping/Ducking
In this lesson Rob shows you how to implement one of the best creative compression techniques: ducking. With multiple uses, you will be taught how to create pumping basslines, using the compressor to create synergy between the drums and bass, as well as how to use ducking in podcasts and voiceovers. A detailed explanation and demonstration of common pitfalls round out this module.
Module 5: Sidechain EQ
Beyond the basic controls, the ability to properly use the compressor sidechain will make the biggest difference your sound. In this tutorial, Rob introduces you to the sidechain and demonstrates the use of EQ and filtering to really begin to master the functionality of your compressor.
Module 6: Multiband Compression and Mix Buss Compression
This module takes you into the world of multiband compression by comparing the effect of single band and multi band compressors on the stereo buss. Given the enhanced ability to set different compressor parameters at different frequencies, multiband compression is a highly effective tool to apply to the whole mix. Rob shows you how to manipulate this increased flexibility, alongside information on additional compressor settings, to give you total control over the dynamics of your track.
Module 7: Compressing a Kick Drum
Applying the skills you've learnt so far, Rob now demonstrates the best way to apply compression to a kick drum, adding punch and power without losing the attack. He also demonstrates compressing a clap sample to help it cut through the mix and round out the sound.
Module 8: Compressing a Vocal
In this lesson, Rob explains how you can utilise multiband and single band compression simultaneously, to subtly smooth out a voice that was recorded with large changes in level. His demonstration shows how to rectify level problems without introducing unwanted noise to the signal.
Module 9: De-essing a Vocal
In the final tutorial in this course, Rob demonstrates how you can implement any multiband compressor to work as a de-esser, cleaning up your vocals and removing unwanted sibilance (the high frequency 's' and 'sh' sounds).
Producertech In the Studio with DJ Sante TUTORiAL
Producertech Presents a brand new course that uncovers the secrets behind making a classic house track, by one of Berlin's hottest up and coming DJs and Producers, Sant.
This series of tutorials were shot live in Sant's studio and guide you through how to use Ableton Live to construct the hit record 'Do You Wanna 808' on Desolat, showing how to sequence the beats, make the bassline and then how to arrange, mix and process all the parts, creating both mastered and pre-mastered versions of the song.
In addition to the lessons, the course also comes with a selection of loops from Sant's Groove Essentials Loopmasters sample pack, including drums, bass, tops, music and FX.
1. Creating the Beats and Bass
Sant creates and imports the main components in the track, sequencing the beats with a drum rack, playing in the bassline with the V-Station and then adding various loops and sounds which form the basic building blocks of the track.
2. Improving the Mix
This lesson shows how to process the different sounds using both insert effects such as compressors and EQs, as well as different send effects, to improve the sound of the mix and give the track some professional touches.
3. Arranging the Track
This lesson is a thorough guide to arranging the track, showing how each part is constructed and the various editing and automation used to create breakdowns, rises in tension and massive dancefloor-destroying drops, whilst ensuring the track also has good continuity and flow.
4. Final Touches and Mastering
This movie shows how to tweak the final mix and some easy ways of preparing your track for uploading or sending to a label, using Live's various mastering effects.
QuantizeCourses Kick Drum Design TUTORiAL
A powerful kick is vital in dance music to drive your track, enhance your bass and punch through the entire mix. Low end is king but it’s also one of the most difficult things to master!
We teach you the "must know” tips and tricks that simply aren’t available anywhere else.
This is a downloadable pack consisting of 20 HD tutorials demonstrating step by step techniques and an Ableton Live set (Live 8 & 9 compatible) containing all of the examples from the course. The tutorials cover everything from synthesis and sampling to layering and fx processing with important tips on workflow to keep you moving and finishing those tunes.
How to approach this pack
• Anatomy of a kick
• Kick synthesis
• Using an oscilloscope
• Advanced kick synthesis
• Crafting sample dynamics
• Adding punch
• Bite & Colour
• Creative warping • Layering methods
• Layering – waveform editing
• Layering – EQ & atmosphere
• Bouncing & creating an instrument
• Pumping compression
• Enhancing kicks with EQ
• Tuning kick drums
• Sampling kicks from other producers
• Important workflow tips
• Your next steps
ADSR Bass House Music Production Course TUTORIAL
Are you seriously hooked on Bass House? Got tracks in your head you need to get out and share? Keen to learn the same methods used by pro producers like Sheba San, Kyle Watson and Dirtybird Records? Experienced Producer and Sound Designer, Jonny Strinati, takes time out from his demanding schedule to take you through all the techniques you need to lay down a killer bass house track today. Enhance your music production and sound design skills as you learn how to put together a Bass House Track from the ground up. From auditioning and processing samples to creating original sounds from scratch; laying down a bass hook to working on a full arrangement, mix down and rough master. Skip hours of trial and error and jump straight on the inside track to making your own track with the help of 14 custom-made videos, each showcasing a specific element of the production process.
Module 1: Sourcing Sounds & Track Fundamentals
In Module 1 you’ll learn how to put together a tidy drum loop, create bass sounds, synth sounds, arpeggiated sounds, pad sounds, work on your vocal chops and more. All the fundamental elements that go into a Bass House track laid bare.
Bass Hook 1
Bass Hook 2
Module 2: Arrangement, Automation, Mix and More…
Get your hands dirty in module 2 as you work on everything from the arrangement to the rough master. These videos show you how to bring all the basics pieces together to create your own fresh sounding track.
Arrangement Tweak & Automation
Mix 1 – Drums & Bass
Mix 2 Synths, Vox, FX
14 videos – Over 2 hours of expert tuition show you how to build a bass house track from scratch.
Full Logic Session
Accessible for both newcomers & experienced producers