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Techno from Scratch in 80 Minutes with Johannes


In this 80 minute session, Berlin-based producer Johannes creates a straight forward Techno track from scratch using Ableton Live 9 and a handful of third-party plugins. After designing a dark driving drum pattern, he’s focussing on coming up with a club-ready arrangement layout.


Hey Johannes, thanks for sharing one of your sessions at PML! Feel free to introduce yourself. 

I’m a techno producer based in Berlin. Influenced by the city and its nightlife I’m producing tracks between tech house, melodic techno and also deep and rough techno since 2014.


What are your main musical influences?

I’m heavily influenced by Stephan Bodzin, Keith Carnal and everything from Drumcode in general. Felix Kröcher, Klaudia Gavlas, but also more laid back guys like Rhyan Davis. Additionally, I enjoy listening to Drum n’ bass and Hardcore/Hardstyle.


What kind of equipment (hardware) are you working with?

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017, Intel i7 QuadCore @ 2.9Ghz, 16GB Ram, 500GB SSD)
  • Apogee Duet audio interface
  • KRK Rokit 6 RP2 studio monitors
  • Beyerdynamic CUSTOM ONE PRO PLUS Headphones
  • Akai APC 40
  • Ableton Push 2
  • Ableton 9 & 10 (Beta)


Your favorite VSTs/Plugins?

  • Arturia (love everything)
  • Sylenth1 
  • Massive 
  • Synthmaster 
  • Serum 
  • iZotope Ozone 
  • BazzISM 
  • Fabfilter Pro Q2

Johannes Studio Setup 

Those 4K screencasts on your Youtube-Channel look great, how do you record them?

I'm using a software called OBS and made sure its making the most out of my NVIDIA Geforce GT 750M graphic chip.


What was your first music production environment and how did you get into Ableton?

Back in school I was messing around with eJay and MusicMaker. Later I was running a project called quer4mat together with my buddy and we got into Ableton 8. Nowadays, I’m using Ableton in combination with my favorite VSTs and PUSH.


Find out more about Johannes and follow him:





More Resources:

Check out our full 6h+ Course: Melodic Techno From Start To Finish with Ableton Live

Drum Samples used in the tutorial: Deep Premium Vol. 1

Massive Presets used: Boiler Production

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