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Producer Notes: Tinlicker, Above & Beyond | Melodic Vocal House Style, Anjunadeep in Ableton

  This is session 6 of the YouTube Series with Francois PML called "Producer Notes". Episode 006 analysing the Vocal Melodic House style of Anjunadeep artists "Tinlicker" and to a certain degree also "Above & Beyond". Watch and see what we can learn from this style sitting somewhere between Melodic House, Trance and Progressive House. The key lessons from this episode are: Add an uplifting feel by “going up” with the bass notes (C-D-E). The track creates tension between G Lydian vs Emin (getting the fine line between euphoria and nostalgia). Harmonies: Don’t make it too complicated, keep a simple arrangement, simple harmonic structure. Main...

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Producer Notes: ARGY, Goom Gum "Pantheon" Style | Melodic Techno Main Stage, Afterlife

  Session 5 of the new YouTube Series with Francois PML called "Producer Notes". Episode 005 analyses and breaks down the style of greek DJ/Producer Argy. Specifically looking at the massive Melodic Techno Afterlife main stage festival sound of his track "Pantheon". The key lessons from this episode are: Epic track with one chord. Choir, like in a church mode, ads in the epic, almost sanctuary feeling Precise, purposeful synth layers. Ask: Why is this layer needed, what element does it add and is it clashing with something else? LFO device offers perfect control over group (play with Rate (set to hz), Depth,...

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Producer Notes: In the Style of Space 92 "Gravity" - Techno, Ableton & Serum

Session 4 of the new YouTube Series with Francois PML called "Producer Notes". Episode 004 analyses and breaks down the style of producer / DJ Space 92. Specifically looking at the massive techno main stage sound. The key lessons from this episode are: A Rumble rack allows you to "color" & shape your rumble and fit it perfectly into your track Use randomized MIDI velocity on drum elements such as snare rolls Use dynamic EQing to make room for competing main / bass stab elements Add groove loops and atmo to fill out the Frequency Spectrum Creative Mixing techniques can be achieved with stock...

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Producer Notes 003: Will Sparks - Festival Techno Style in Ableton ("Fake" Rumble & Triplet Drop)

  Session 3 of the new YouTube Series with Francois PML called "Producer Notes". Episode 003 analyses and breaks down the style of Australian DJ/Producer known for Melbourne Bounce, Will Sparks. Specifically looking at the massive techno main stage festival sound. The key lessons from this episode are: “Fake” rumble with reverb on the top kick Bass donks, quick shots and stabs to make it sound fun and interesting Industrial atmo to fill out the track and make it sound wide Percussive, noisy elements with good transients and reverb tales to support atmo "Whiplash” style drop with “Textbook” style Q+A melody patterns Unusual...

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Producer Notes 002: Kevin de Vries & Mau P, Main Stage Melodic Techno Style

  Session 2 of the new YouTube Series with Francois PML called "Producer Notes". Episode 002 analyses and breaks down the style of artists like Kevin de Vries and Mau P and labels like Afterlife. Specifically looking at the massive main stage festival sound. The key lessons from this episode are: Very deliberate low end Don't go too crazy with melodies (less is more for peak time tracks) Purposeful layering (what’s the purpose of this element?) Simple LFO things in Break with Free Arpeggiator Add Energy through Ride in Peak Parts Hat suppressor keeping hats down when snare hits (like a dynamic EQ)   Referenced in...

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Episode 1: Ben Böhmer. Track Breakdowns & Walkthroughs. New YouTube Series with Francois PML called "Producer Notes" 001

  We're happy to introduce a new YouTube Series with Francois PML called "Producer Notes". Episode 001 analyses and breaks down the style of artists like Ben Böhmer, KLUR, Solanca and labels like Anjunadeep, Colorize and This Never Happened. The key lessons from this episode are: Play with ADSR shapes & Filters to keep Melody sound interesting Add Octave jumps to emphasise on climax Use autofilters as LFOs to make pads more fluffy Don’t soak it all up in reverb, keep some sounds dry in this genre Use smooth sounds for your fills and “snare rolls” to fit the genre Every...

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How to Reduce Latency in Ableton and Use System Audio (Windows)

  Even though plenty of music producers choose Mac OS as their operating system, Windows is also a very popular choice. One of the cons of using Windows is the fact that the default audio drivers introduce latency, which is too high for music production. In this article, we’ll take a look at all possible options of solving this problem. The easiest and most professional solution is using an external audio interface. Not only does this reduce latency, but also ensures high audio quality. But what about all the situations when you’re on the move and don’t have access to...

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Top 7 Vocal AI for Music Producers

Have you ever imagined being able to turn text into generated vocals? With today's AI tools, that's a possibility. In this article we'll take a look at the top 7 AI solutions for creating vocal tracks. Let's get started!   1. Synthesizer V - Solaria, Asterian, Saros Synthesizer V delivers a vocalist inside a VST plugin. The voices are incredibly realistic to the point where it’s very hard to notice they are not actual human recordings. Not only does the plugin flawlessly sing the desired notes, it also perfectly sings lyrics with the desired vibrato and glide notes! Although the plugin used...

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Live 12 Piano Roll: Top 7 Melody & Chords Writing Features

Live 12 is an incredible update - and the biggest part of it is the newly improved Piano Roll. Now it's an incredible tool for creating melodic patterns and chords - especially with the updated scale features and generative tools. From the huge set of harmony-oriented updates, we’ve picked our top 7. These techniques can significantly improve your composition workflow in the new edition of Ableton. Let’s get started!   1. Piano Roll Arpeggiator Before, Arpeggiator was only in the form of a MIDI device. In Live 12, you are able to create arpeggios straight from the Piano Roll - without having...

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Live 12 Piano Roll: Top 9 Drum Programming Updates

Live 12 is an incredible update - and the biggest part of it is the newly improved Piano Roll. Now it's an incredible tool for creating rhythmic patterns - especially with the updated Drum Rack. From the huge set of rhythm-oriented updates, we’ve picked our top 9. These techniques can significantly improve your drum programming workflow in the new edition of Ableton. Let’s get started! 1. Chopping notes on grid This technique is great for creating regular rhythms - for example for hi-hats. To use this function, you can right click a chosen MIDI note and select “Chop notes on...

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