We lift the lid on Uplifting Trance to show the skills and techniques to build a 138 BPM track.
Follow Rick as he takes you from a blank DAW to a track for basic mixing. This whole tutorial is spread over 3 modules for you so that you experience in detail the techniques and skills used to get that professional sound.
Spread over 3 modules, the tutorial covers the production of an uplifting trance track from a blank DAW through to the basic mixing. Starting with the main theme of the track through the creation of the bass, leads and rhythm section everything is covered.
We start by building the backbone of the example track introducing the theory of root notes, chord development, and progressions. Using various examples in both theory and sound design we show simple, quick and easy ways to create the all-important chord structures and progressions followed by how to extrapolate both lead and bass melodies. This includes examining techniques such as development and melody patterning to create those classic memorable leads.
After the lead, we move onto the bass. Starting with the theory behind the creation of the rolling patterns, we build a rolling bass by employing high, mid, low and sub. We then look into sound design, developing on the leads and bass by employing various layering and synthesis techniques alongside the requisite processing and effects to produce the sounds of today’s uplifting trance.
After the leads, chords, and bass, we work on getting the main drum elements down, building our kick and the classic drawn claps/snares along with the creation of the higher percussive elements. We then work on composing and synthesizing trance plucks, acid lines along with recording vocals, adding FX and building a basic arrangement
Finally, we arrange and mix the example track. Here we show the automation techniques on buses, tracks and the processing and effects to create the rising tension. We also discuss the use of automation contour with the leads, bass, arps, acid lines and plucks to create continuity and constant development. Finally, we show the best approaches to mixing, showing how to balance all the elements together.