Skip to main content

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 of the instruments in the band. For each phrase the drummer plays a certain way he may play one way during the intro,one way during the verse,one way during the reprise,one way during the middle 8 section,one way during the hook,one way during the chorus etc ,and of course go berzerk during the jamm session so you get the point.

Maybe that video did not do you the justice you deserve .So  check this video out pay attention to the intro with the drummer  notice how each hit is not the same as the last and it sounds real and natural thats the sound you want in your productions.



When programming the drum loops draw in some velocity this way you can create and replicate that human feel that is sometimes lost when midi was invented something like this
Thats all i have for you now i hope you got some good use of this velocity tip as it is very useful. Dont stop with percussion use velocity for strings,leads and pretty much anything in your mix to get the best results.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

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…

4 ways to create those trance arpeggios

As you know  trance arps are the cornerstone of trance . You know when your in that underground club at like 3 in the morning and  all the music stops then slowly but,gradually you all of the sudden hear that arpeggios starting to slowly  come back in then it starts to pulsate ,then it goes on for a while taking you away while it gets melodic and a little somber before it gets happy again ,then the  filters start to come back theres some delay all the strobe lights are out its dark and your starting to feel that vibe going on in your head and you just want to get crazy  on the dance floor again well you can make that arpeggios yourself ill show you how.


Ill show you  4 ways the first way if with broken chords a melody on top and a bass note on the bottom

so basically you have your key your writing in then you shift the scale and the broken chords every 2 bars .

so for example bars 1-3 ,bars,3-5,and bars 5-7 and bars 7-9 are all a different note in the scale . you dont change t…
My title
            The Trance tutorial blog
Ive been searching the blogs and forums for years way back when i was a newbie believe me we all have to start somewhere and i was new too once ,we all were new at some point but ,im not new anymore . No one in this world starts anything and is a master at everything in the beginning.

So like i said ive searched the boards and i see a lot of people are still having trouble making trance and other edm genres,well im not one who puts music in classifications but,you know what i mean if your one of those girls or guys who need some trance info ,or deep house ,or techno info well youve come to the right place.

Ill be posting tutorials and all kinds of edm styles so check back for tutorials when i have time to post of  course ill try to get on a regular schedule.