Course: Pop Track from Start To Finish (Chainsmoking Style)
Beginner friendly: Producing A Pop / Future Pop Track with Ableton Live 9 Standard + NI MASSIVE (1.3.xx) or Serum (1.113)
Watch Course Result & Mini Overview:
What you're getting:
A complete start-to-finish production course
35+ Studio sessions with Francois / Production Music Live
6h+ online video sessions with lifetime-access
Bonus: Ableton Project Files created in this course (using Ableton Live 9 Standard + NI Massive and / or Serum)
What you will learn from this course:
Producing a Pop Track
After having taken this class, you'll have seen a complete production process first hand, starting from nothing and working through all the different important stages of the production process, from start to finish. The track is inspired by artists like Chainsmokers with their widely known song "Closer". We are producing two versions. Version 1 works completely with MASSIVE, Version 2 works completely with Serum. So if you are using one of those two synths, you're ready to follow along. Also: you can use both synths and then use the best parts of each one.
- Very very basic understanding of using Ableton (like loading files, and navigating. We included a mini Ableton refresher in the end for the basics)
- Ableton Live 9.7 Standard (or higher) - you can also follow along with 9.2 (the only difference is the Simpler, an extra video explains it)
- VST: NI Massive (1.3xx or higher) - or you can use Serum (1.113 or higher)
- no other 3rd party plugins needed
What song is being produced in the course?
The course will take you through:
- Idea generation (Arrangement View)
- MIDI writing techniques
- Writing powerful drums
- Writing Chords
- Sound Design
- Creating effects, techniques
- Filtering, EQing, Envelope shaping
- Layering and sound stacking
- Creating melodies
- Arrangement (taking your 8 Bar loops and turning them into a full song)
- Mixing: We are completely mixing the track and prepare it for mastering
- Mastering: in the end we are fully mastering the track with a custom Ableton effect rack chain.
The Course is Structured in 7 Main-Parts:
- Setup & Introduction
- Building The Basics - Drums
- Instruments + Effects
- Putting It Together - Arrangement
- Bonus Sessions
- Drums (1): Basic Beat with Kick, Snare, Hihat (14:10)
- Drums (2): Session View vs. Arrangement View (Beginner oriented) (1:47)
- Drums (3): Adding More Elements (12:08)
- Drums (4): Adding Effects To Drum Elements (1) (13:09)
- Drums (5): Adding Effects To Drum Elements (2) (15:45)
- Drums (6): More Tweaks (Adding Snips, Toms, Snare Rolls) (12:29)
- Instruments (1): Chord Writing Session (Beginner Style) (14:12)
- Instruments (2): Piano + Strings (13:11)
- (Free Preview) Instruments (3): Bass Sounds with MASSIVE (7:11)
- Instruments (4): Bass Sounds (Optional SERUM Version) (6:03)
- Instruments (5): Main Synths with MASSIVE (13:41)
- Instruments (6): Main Synths (Optional SERUM Version) (5:47)
- Instruments (7): Lead Melody with MASSIVE (13:04)
- Instruments (8): Lead Melody (Optional SERUM Version) (4:14)
- Instruments (9): Staccato Strings (10:06)
- Basic Mini Arrangement (10) (9:09)
- Instruments (11): Layering Strings + Pads (I) (17:12)
- Instruments (12): Layering Strings + Pads (II) (11:33)
- Instruments (13): Layering Strings + Pads (Optional SERUM Version) (7:25)
- Groups Setup (14) (2:34)
- Instruments (15): Background Piano + Strings (11:40)
- FX (16): Transition FX and Risers
- FX (17): Vocal Chops and Choir Ahh's
What people say:
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Frequently Asked Questions:
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 48 hours and we will give you a full refund - due to the digital download nature of the optional sound packs, we can only refund the course part. No refund on bulk / pack orders. One refund per person.
If you're getting the basic course option, a download link will be provided above or below the video of the first or second lecture of the course (usually named 'Setup & Downloads'). In case you're getting the course with one of the pack options, the additional packs will be delivered to you via email.
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Yes absolutely. The offered bundles give the best value by far with an extra discount of at least 30% on the usual shop prices. Including more sound packs, you'll get a perfect start to dive deeper. You'll be able to reverse engineer the project files and discover how to improve your own productions.
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