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Uplifting Trance 2017/18

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Released on the 16th December 2017 

Genus Trance is our new series that examines the different styles within a a genre. For this first Genus Trance, we lift the lid on Uplifting Trance (further editions in this genus will cover Psytrance and Progressive Trance). For this new tutorial, we spend close to 16 hours, dissecting and building a complete 138 BPM uplifting trance track for 2018.

  • Module 1

Module one is dedicated to developing the main theme of the track though the creation of the bass, leads and rhythm section. Here, we work at building the backbone of the example track introducing the theory of chord development, retrograde inversion, thematic development, suspensions and intervallic dissonance.

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, cells and melody patterning to create those classic memorable leads.

We then 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 work on getting the main drum elements down, building our kick and the classic drawn claps/snares along with the higher percussive elements.

  • Module 2

For the second module, we move further 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 todays uplifting trance. In this module, we also develop further on the drums, creating the complete rhythm package while also introducing the techniques behind creating acid lines, chord breakdowns, trance plucks and the importance of frequency bussing

  • Module 3

For the final module, we arrange and mix the example track. Here we show the automation techniques on busses, tracks and the processing and effects to create the rising tension. We also discuss the use of recapitulation and contour with the leads, bass, arps, acid lines and plucks to create continuity and constant development. Finally, we show the best approaches for mixing, showing how to balance all the elements together to produce an open, clear mix.

In this 16+ hour tutorial you’ll learn:

  • How to produce chords and progressions quickly and easily, with the minimum amount of music theory
  • The techniques that’ll enable you to create memorable and great sounding lead melodies
  • How to create the “driving” bass lines consisting of high, mid, low and sub sounds
  • How to EQ the bass layers to ensure they all sit together and don’t muddy the mix
  • Synthesis tips and techniques for bass and leads, and how to layer and process them.
  • How to create and tune drums
  • Tricks to creating the classic slurred clap and snare sounds
  • How to synthesis and layer acid Lines to underpin the track
  • The techniques behind arps
  • How to create percussive overlays
  • Tips to create percussion elements that drive the track forward
  • The techniques behind drum rolls
  • Tips and techniques for automation busses
  • How to create chord breakdowns
  • Where to use and how to create FX risers, builds and drops.
  • How to arrange a full track
  • Tips and tricks for building tension and release in the arrangement
  • The use of vocals and vocal snippets
  • How to approach mixing a genre with a lot of instruments and reverb
  • And much more

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