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the original edm bands from back in the day

What happened to the original  edm pioneers.Growing up in the 70s and 80s I was a product of mtv and was into the underground club scene.Though I started out in the school band and playing instruments,then led to djing,and mix tapes  ,break dancing the whole nine you name it,I was doing it.
For quite a while I was into freestyle in the 80s. Then all of the sudden something came over me and I just fell in love with  techno for some reason and of course the progressive house/trance movement in the middle to late nineties.
I used to be a clubkid
I would go to all the clubs  from limelight,tunnel,sound factory,tequila Joes,loop lounge,shelter,temptations,Bahama mamas,lana lounge just to name a few as you can see I pretty much a club kid.
I think I was the only guy in the club who was not high as I only went there for the music and to dance! Sure guys came up to me and asked me if I needed anything but ,I just said no!
The music was my high
Really the music was my high. Id go with friends to j…
The Super Triangle I know a lot of people when they think of producing trance the first  thing that comes to there mind is firing up a supersaw waveform in there synth or programming a supersaw to play the melody of your lead synth. Yes its very common to think of only the saw and square when thinking of trance and techno. One waveform a lot of people are overlooking is the triangle wave form. The TriangleSo do yourself a favor and go into your daw or your synth and change the waveform on some of your tracks to triangle and see what it sounds like. Youd be surprised as how it sounds just as good as a saw. While your at it try to use a sine waveform too. Sines sound great for dark or somber trance.
Examples
I went ahead and made some examples for you to hear what im talking about below. 







In the next few days I will give you different examples ,from some of my other tracks to show you what you can achieve by using a triangle waveform instead of using a saw for everything.  If you been produc…

Make psychtrance in 3 minutes

The easy method to create Psychedelic trance

Again focusing on newbies and beginners this tutorial shows you how to use music theory to make  Psychedelic trance its not that hard at all all you have to do is use the right mode and   the whole mood will change giving you that trance like Psychedelic feel and emotion.


Do not over do it with percussion

Do not over do it with percussion One of the main mistakes new producers make when making edm is they program one 2 or 3 bar drum loop then they just loop it over and over  until they get a 8 minute track! This is by far one of the worst things you can do . Number one think of a drummer for a moment. Im sure you been to a Coldplay concert before  and seen a real drummer haven't we all been to a Coldplay concert? If not check this video.




Notice how the drummer does not hit the percussion or drums with the sticks at the same velocity,the same length of time and make the same sound each time. The drummer also has 2 hands and 2 feet so he can only trigger so many hits at any given time. The drummer also does not just play the  open high hat,the bass drum and the snares on the 2s and the 4s over and over and sound like a robot. No the drummer is human he gets tired he may hit one or a few hits with more force than others,then the drummer as you notice is setting the tone for the rest …

The Techno Tutorial by Bertsbeats

In this 6 video techno tutorial i mainly focus on how to make a simple techno track ,some free software to use,an overview of some different forms of techno,how to make a 303 and a techno lead and how to arrange a track. While this tutorial is mainly geared for newbies as what im about to show you in the video if you been producing  for a while you may not find anything useful you should know all this stuff already . There is still a chance if your a novice you may find something useful. I do have a trance tutorial in the works,i will be uploading soon once its complete so Stay tuned for my full on start to finish trance tutorial. Again the trance tutorial is also for newbies but ,covers some complex,complicated things in it .So what i will do is break up the tutorials in days for example this video may be an hour long ,and deal with a lot of concepts so to not have the newbie or beginner get lost in it.  Instead  when i have taught you enough you will see in the video it will say en…

Counterpoint in Edm

Do not forget counterpoint I know counterpoint is overlooked in edm but ,if done right is quite effective as you will see from my example below. Basically all you need to do to get started is to write 2 melodies going in two different directions in the same key basically  contrary motion. Do not worry about falling on the same pitch or anything just experiment until you get something that gels then bounce off it. For instance start your song with 2 melodies in 2 instruments playing the same time,then bring in your main instrument in a new melody in same key new instrument but later on in this melody bring back one of the earlier melodies to bring back the counter point. At first it may be a bit confusing just remember a few things counterpoint is not harmony,counter point is not an arp or arpeggio.Its also not the verse.Think of it as another melody line in contrast with your first melody . You can use it anywhere in your song during the middle 8 section/or break or any section youd …