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Essential Techno Sound Design

Video Courses by Producertech

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Producertech’s resident House and Techno guru Paul Maddox returns to teach some of the most fundamental sound design techniques for creating melodic, rhythmic and atmospheric parts in your tracks. Using entirely Ableton instruments and effects, including many devices brand new to Live 10, Paul makes basslines, leads, percussion, FX and other essential components for producing high quality Techno or House.

Paul has been producing and DJing for nearly 20 years, under his own name and as part of duo Spektre, with his music receiving recognition from revered DJs such as Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin and James Zabiela. Alongside his professional music career, he has also worked tirelessly to pass on his production knowledge by teaching in both physical institutions and online in his highly acclaimed courses for Producertech.

In this course, Paul focuses solely on sound design, showing how the instruments and effects in Live can be used to make the main musical or textural parts in a track. Lesson subjects include how to make a classic drone bass, synth arp and percussive FM leads, polyrhythmic vocals, ambience atmos FX and much more. As well as utilising longtime favourites in the Ableton factory library like Operator and Sampler, Paul also delves into some of the brand new devices in Live, like the Wavetable synth, and Echo and Pedal effects.

Before signing up to the course, which entitles you to unrestricted 24/7 access to the streamed tutorials, the Live projects from the course and 100MB of bonus Techno samples, check out the free sample modules, so you have a good idea of the style and content of the lessons, which will get you well on your way to producing your own slamming Techno today!

Sample Module


Module 0 - Delayed Kick Bassline

  • Making the 'Born Slippy' Bassline!

Module 1 - Drone Bass

  • Waveform Creation and Unison
  • Bass Programming and Glide
  • Adding Filtering and Compression
  • Utility Effect Tweaks

Module 2 - Synth Arp

  • Wave Creation and Filtering
  • Arpeggiating and Sequencing
  • Adding Reverb and Echo
  • Dirtying the Sound and Controlling Timing

Module 3 - Percussive FM

  • Creating and Sequencing the Patch
  • Adding Reverb
  • Sound Development Tips

Module 4 - Ambience Atmos

  • Making the Sound and Adding Width
  • Applying Effects

Module 5 - Keytracked Percussion

  • Setting up Sampler and Applying Keytracking
  • Sequencing and Adding Effects

Module 6 - Polyrhythmic Vocals

  • Setting up Sampler and Adding Effects
  • Adjusting Sampler Settings and Sequencing

Module 7 - Foley Impacts

  • Stereo Sample Rack Creation
  • Sequencing and Mixing

Module 8 - White Noise

  • Creating a Filtered, Pumping Noise Preset 
  • Adding Reverb and Delay


  • 1.5 Hours of Streamed Tutorials
  • Access 24/7/365
  • Live 10 Tips and Tricks
  • Included Live Projects
  • 100MB Bonus Samples

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