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the evolution of trance over the years is amazing

How Trance has evolved over time
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Trance music  as we know it, is a kind of dance music characterized by an emphasis on melodies that are synthesized and house-style 4/4 beаts thаt аrе еlесtrоnіс.
 Тrаnсе trасks аrе usuаllу bаsеd аrоund hеаvіlу quаntіzеd mеlоdіеs, wіth а hурnоtіс аnd оftеn rереtіtіvе fееl (hence the name).   Common noises gated and are arpeggiated synth riffs and sweeping pads, with the actual instruments if used whatsoever restricted to…

How newbies can learn to program trance arpeggios

Teaching newbies how to program trance arpeggiosDisclosure:please note that some of the links on my blog are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through the link. Please understand that I have experienced all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something through my links. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
        I know when you just start producing trance  one of the first things you want to be able to make is a trance arpeggio.  We all been there in the clubs and heard that hands in the air trance music that just made us go crazy. 
       And we wanted to make our own arps.  Well i posted a short tutorial on how a newbie with no music theory background could learn how to make arpeggios and in the pro…

Getting that human feel sound in your music starts with velocity

The human feel We all know the importance of sounding real in our music when we use soft synths. SoI just posted a video on my bertsbeats youtube which demonstrates the use of velocity to get that human feel into your music.



The video starts off with a trance  pad,then i then go into percussion ,with adding velocity to a high hat and the use of shuffle and swing and i end the video with showing who the importance of adding velocity to a drum fill.  So if you need to make your tunes come alive look no further than velocity.

When your creativity leaves you cold and dry follow these edm tips to get the creativity juice flowing again

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When your Creativity leaves you high and dryfollow these 5 Edm tips below to spark your creativity juice!After all we are all human.It happens to the best of us. There will be days ,that we sit down in our studio,put on our monitors.And we cant think of what to write!
We all of the sudden don’t know where to start. None of our notes flow,for some bizarre reason you cant find the right keys to a melody. You’ve written millions of times.
Writers block is wha…

Music Theory is not dead

The Decline of music theory in Edm.






I know a lot of you saying to yourself what in the world am I talking about let me expand on my thoughts below.

Listen to any song on the radio its either a track made entirely  in protools ,(showing my age - I know no one uses pro  anymore) Or its made in Ableton or Fl Studio or any pick your choice digital audio work station.
The problem with these workstations from a music theory stand point is they do all of the work for you ! Lets say you are a beginner or a novice,trying to learn theory as you produce. Using some of these tools will not help you learn theory at all. Instead you will be hurting your efforts to actually learn theory altogether. Just because you play an instrument does not mean you  are a music theory guru!
You may have heard a lot of people say I know how to produce edm why do I need theory? Or I been playing the guitar for years I know theory I can just relate the theory to guitar to edm theory. You cant its not the same. Also just …

Write edm music with your emotion

Always write how you feel.
A lot of beginners I notice they don’t really write with feeling. When writing music no matter what kind edm,classical,pop or dance,or techno you should always write with feeling.
SomberYes write with feeling with emotion. If you are writing a sad somber trance track.Then write the track in F-minor. If you need to brush up on your music theory take a look about f-minor here.
Happy vibe
Lets say you want to  make a happy uplifting emotional trance track youd then mix that f-minor with some major chords and do your own thing and come up with a chord progression that sounds good. Theres no right or wrong way of  doing it just make sure your using the right scale to get the right emotion your after.
Lets say you were making a deep house track then youd want a mixture of some dominant sevenths chords and some minor sevenths in your chord sequence.
So it does not matter what music your making just always remember to always write the way you are feeling and you will be a…

The Call and Response in edm

When you produce any type of music there will be times where you either draw a blank! Or you need something for a section,something unique ,something different.Something unique.
Maybe you just want to add some tension to a otherwise boring song. Maybe you are working on a remix contest and want to stand out from the rest!
Whatever the case is no matter what you are working on,theres one thing you can go to everytime to spice up any track. Its called the call and response.
How does it work 
You cannot mess with science this pretty much will work every time.So how does it work? What does it sound like?
The truth is you’ve allready heard it millions ,countless times already . You just may not have been producing or composing or arranging at the time so it was not that clear to you. Every song you hear  today on the radio in the clubs at a concert utilizes a form of call and response.
The question and the answer
The most common one is the question and the answer.
You create a question and then yo…

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

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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…

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 …

Whats the best free vst that sounds real like analog

The best free vst  I get this question a lot whats the best free vst to use to program vst for that warm and analog rich sound that almost sounds like the real thing. Well the truth is it all  depends on what sound your after i bought maybe a few famous vsts then i downloaded a lot of free vsts that of course sounded real.

The first one is Obxd  is one of my favorites  my second favorite is a winner too you could have either one of these #1 and #2 its Pg-8X So do not get fooled into thinking you need to spend hundreds for a synth when you can download some free synths and sound close to hardware.Get them here  Pg8x

and  Obxd Happy producing