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Future Beats & Soul Production Techniques with El. Train

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UK Producer El. Train has been making big waves in the Future Beats scene in recent years, with his fusion of Hip Hop, Soul, RnB and Trap landing him releases on labels like Kitsuné, Darker than Wax and Jakarta Records. In this course, he shows how to build up a quality arrangement from scratch using samples from his Loopmasters pack and working mainly with factory instruments and effects in Logic Pro, with all techniques being easily transferrable over to other DAWs.

Starting with the beats, El. Train layers up various percussion sounds, sequenced using Maschine, to get his initial groove worked out. He then lays down the main chords hook, which is complemented by a subby bassline, to form the primary melodic elements of the track. A syncopated kick and snare break is then woven with the melodies to finish off the groove.

El. Train then imports an acapella into Serato Sample, which he uses to slice up the vocal and create interesting chops and phrases that are sporadically sequenced into the arrangement. After processing the vocal, he starts building the song, constructing the intro, main body and outro. He ends the course with some final tips on working with bass and inverting chords to make flowing harmonies.

Signing up gets you immediate access to the streamed tutorials, plus the project from the course and a bonus pack of samples from Loopmasters. Check out the sample module before signing up for an example of El. Train’s laid back and informative style, imparting valuable techniques and inspiration to kick start your own Future Beats & Soul production journey.

Sample Module - Creating a Chords Hook

Course Breakdown

Module 1 - Working with Percussion

  • El. Train uses pattern sequencing within Maschine and oneshot editing on an audio track to build up 2 percussion layers, which form the initial basis for the groove.
  • Module Length - 8.36

Module 2 - Making the Chords Hook

  • A chords riff is played in and then edited and layered to add extra depth and character.
  • Module Length - 6.31

Module 3 - Adding Arp & Strings

  • An arpeggiated melody and sustained strings are added to the groove, working with Logic’s factory sampler.
  • Module Length - 6.11

Module 4 - Building the Drums

  • Oneshots are edited to form the beat, with kicks, snares and clap layers all working together. Some group processing is then applied to the percussion.
  • Module Length - 8.03

Module 5 - Creating the Bassline

  • El. Train records in the bassline, triggering a bass oneshot inside Logic’s sampler. The MIDI is then edited and some audio effects processing and layering applied.
  • Module Length - 7.34

Module 6 - Working with an Acappella

  • Serato Sample is used to chop up an acapella, after which the chops are sequenced into the groove and processing applied.
  • Module Length - 7.31

Module 7 - Arranging the Parts

  • The groove is expanded out to form an intro and 2 drops, separated by a bridge section. Automation and extra synth layers are then added.
  • Module Length - 10.54

Module 8 - Adding FX and Percussion

  • Realworld elements are added to the intro to fill it out, whilst extra drums are used for additional rhythms in the bridge.
  • Module Length - 6.39

Module 9 - Building an Outro

  • A new melody is added to create a classic outro, complete with an old school fade out.
  • Module Length - 3.58

Module 10 - Editing the Bassline

  • Some slight tweaks to the bassline, complete with tips for avoiding potential tuning issues.
  • Module Length - 2.50

Module 11 - Chord Hook Explained

  • A brief explanation of the chords used in the track and how chord inversions are created.
  • Module Length - 3.14

Module 12 - Playthrough & Course Outro

  • El. Train signs off and plays the completed arrangement.
  • Module Length - 3.24

Features

  • 80 mins of streamed tutorials
  • Access 24/7/365
  • Logic project
  • 100MB of bonus samples

System Requirements

  • An internet connection is required to stream the modules in this course.

Please Note: The modules included in this online guide can be streamed within the Courses section of your account area and are not available to download.

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