February 26th, 2021

  • ElectroPop Tips TUTORiAL-DECiBEL

    ElectroPop Tips TUTORiAL

    Team DECiBEL | 26 Feb 2021 | 931.6MB

    .: Breaking Down Best Laid Plans :.

    Overview of the artistic goals and structure of the arrangement, Dom starts to dissect the various parts in the song, beginning with the string quartet, which forms the backbone of the intro and lays down foundations for the overall harmony. He then moves on to the huge JP synth in the chorus and other complementary leads, as well as describing the way sub and bass layers are handled. Following this are lessons that outline the treatment of vocals and drums, with a thorough explanation of the many busses used to add extra textures and professional touches to the mix. Once all the main parts have been covered, Dom returns to the main strings to provide a deeper exploration of the music theory behind them, then explaining how all of the melodic sounds are sequenced, from long, sustained notes to brief, pizzicato arpeggios. As well as getting more technical with the melodies, there are tips on recording percussion, and how to edit and arrange parts to create a more organic drum break.

    Course Breakdown
    Module 1 – Intro
    Dom introduces himself and the course, making recommendations for different studio kit that has been most helpful to him over time.

    Module 2 – Project and Track Overview
    A summary of the main artistic goal with the project, followed by an analysis of the various melodic parts in the track, from the string quartet foundations, through the JP pad, prophet and neutron synths, main sub and bass layers.

    Module 3 – Vocal Processing
    A look at the treatment of vocals in the track, including the insert and send FX used, and a detailed explanation of the different vocal busses, adding extra layers and complexity.

    Module 4 – Drums & FX
    After showing the reverse FX samples utilised to great effect in the arrangement, Dom then talks about the methods used to construct the beats, from sequencing the main drums to the addition of percussion and extra loops, including the effects processing required to produce a solid and engaging groove.

    Module 5 – More on Melodies
    An exploration of the secondary melodic sounds in the intro, namely the Rhodes and Music box, before showing how detailed automation has been used to create natural expression and development in the strings.

    Module 6 – Buss Processing
    Dom’s tips for bussing drums, synths and other melodic sounds, to achieve a warmer, fuller and more professional-sounding mix.

    Module 7 – Arranging the String Quartet
    Getting deep into the music theory, Dom provides a thorough breakdown of how the strings were conceived, looking at the harmony behind them and the different arrangement techniques used at certain points in the song.

    Module 8 – Arranging the Melodies
    Expanding on the previous module, Dom continues to work through the creation of melodies in the track, moving on to the Rhodes, Music Box and Neutron synth, also talking about the use of an occasional stumbling rhythm across all parts to provide rhythmic interest as well as artistic vision.

    Module 9 – Drum Recording & Arranging
    A closer look at the percussion used in the track, such as the recording and editing of the cabasa and shaker, followed by some final commentary on the overall structure of the song.

    Module 10 – Outro
    Dom signs off and then plays through the track.

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    ElectroPop Tips TUTORiAL-DECiBEL


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