Complete Electronic Music Theory & Production – EDM

Learn professional electronic music production techniques from an expert music producer: Get signed by record labels!
Instructor:
Benjamin Lynott
378 students enrolled
English [Auto]
Compose and arrange a professional-sounding EDM track
Set up a project for optimal workflow and flawless composition
Create all elements of EDM including drum patterns, chord patterns, and bass-lines
Principal synthesis and synthesiser techniques (ADSR, LFO, Modulation, etc.)
Vocal Processing: Doubling, Vocoders, Formant Shifting
Arrangement Tips and Secrets to take EDM tracks to the next level
Advanced mixing and mastering techniques to get your track signed by labels (phase cancellation, EQ, Compression, etc.)
The Intensity Graph Concept for EDM production
The Hidden Truth with Compression for EDM

Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or an expert producer, this course will teach you fresh and new techniques to take your EDM productions to the next level. After all, we’re never truly finished learning – there’s always something around the corner that we never saw coming!

What will you gain from completing the course

  • Understand how EDM is structured, and the musical principles its based upon (binary phrasing, energy, etc.)

  • Effectively structure and arrange a track for optimal flow

  • Set up your project for good workflow

  • Optimise your DAW’s buffer length/size and set the correct sample rate for your project

  • Be aware of swing time and how it can benefit your productions

  • How to properly choose layers and build full and fat drum patterns, chord patterns, Leads, vocals, etc.

  • Be able to use automation and panning to create interest for the listener

  • Tune audio to the correct key of your track

  • Manipulate sounds by means of time stretching, formant shifting, vocoding, etc.

  • Tweak and design your own synthesiser sounds using ADSR, Filters, VCO, LFO, etc.

  • Create full and professional transitions that don’t disrupt the flow

  • Be aware of driving elements and intensity line graphs

  • How to prepare your project for a full mixdown

  • Mix an EDM track using EQ, Compression, Saturation, etc.

  • Use plugins to achieve stereo width and depth

  • Sidechain elements to each other, including effects

  • Locate and correct phase issues in your track

  • Access to an exclusive Facebook group of fellow students. Receive feedback, engaging discussions, and more!

  • Master your track to the correct LUFS levels for streaming sites such as Spotify, YouTube, Deezer, etc.

Additional Content:

  • How to correctly hunt for labels and send your demos

  • Various PDFs and links to additional reading/study

  • 3 intensive projects so I can see how well you understand the material, and give you feedback to improve your productions

I share everything I know with you

Everything I teach you in this course has taken me years to learn. You’re gaining 10+ years of music production knowledge in one complete course.

The music industry is an extremely closed and competitive one. I don’t think that’s fair. If more producers were aware of the production secrets behind professional tracks, we’d have a lot more talented musicians in the EDM community!

What’s in it for me?

Personally, I dislike the competitive community that music producers find themselves in. I want to share my knowledge with other producers so that they may grow, learn, and teach me new techniques as well. I also have a passion for teaching, and whenever I see a student succeed with something, it gives me a great feeling – like an addiction!

Requirements:

  1. You will need to have a DAW (FL Studio, Ableton, GarageBand) and an ability to use the software to practice the techniques I teach you.

  1. You will also need to have a very basic understanding of music theory. Throughout the course, we are tuning our samples and composing chord patterns, which involves knowing the difference between major and minor, and also how notes relate to each other on the scale. For example, ‘G’ is the 5th note of the ‘C’ chord.   

So if you’re ready to learn professional electronic music production, theory, composition, mixing, and mastering, buy the course and take your skills to the next level. There is a 30-day money back guarantee, so if you dislike the course, you can receive a full refund. There really is nothing to lose!

Introduction & Course Overview

1
Introduction & Course Overview

Understand what the course is all about, and how it's structured.

Structure & Project Set-up

1
Characteristics of EDM

By the end of this lecture, you will be aware of the 2 distinct subdivisions in EDM. You will also know what 4/4 time is and why it's important to create EDM in this time signature.

2
Breaking Down EDM Structure (Part 1)

We go through the Intro, Breakdown, Buildup, and Drop seconds of an EDM track.

3
Breaking Down EDM Structure (Part 2)

We go into a bit more detail including different structure combinations, binary phrasing, antiphony, and energy.

4
Setting Up Your Project

We must set up a project for our track. This includes setting the BPM, adding track markers, and send tracks.

5
Optimising Your DAW

We'll take a look at reference tracks, and also how to adjust our DAW's settings so it runs smoother.

Building Drums

1
Main Elements of EDM Drums

We have a look at the main elements that a drum pattern is comprised of. These are the elements that you'll need to use in order to form a full and fat drum pattern.

2
Using Swing

We'll have a look at swing time and how it's like a secret weapon for EDM producers. Creating any form of House music without swing will sound extremely robotic and plain. It's a very useful tool!

3
Finding Suitable Drum Samples

This lecture explains how to find suitable drum samples to build your pattern with. Looking for layers and sounds that relate to each other is very important for a good drum pattern.

4
Constructing a Drum Pattern

Now we're aware of the sounds we should be looking for, we can go ahead and build a drum pattern.

5
Using Panning

Let's take a look at what panning is and what it can do for our drum pattern. We'll be using panning throughout the course, and we'll be taking a look at it again in the mixing section.

6
Automating Parameters

We can do more than panning to add interest to a drum pattern. Here, we'll use automation to create an interesting variation in volume. Again, we'll be using automation throughout the course.

7
Tuning Drum Samples

We're not done yet!

This is a very subtle difference, but if you don't do it, your tracks can sound messy and unbalanced. We have to make sure each drum sample is tuned to the key of our track.

If you make Trap or Hip Hop music, PLEASE tune your 808 kick drum to the chords. i.e: if your chord pattern uses the notes C, G, F, C, then your 808 kick drum must be tuned to these chords when they play. Because 808's have a long and audible pitch, they're essentially like a bass instrument, and you wouldn't leave your bass out of tune, so why leave your drums out of tune!

8
Manipulating Drum Samples

We can also manipulate our drum samples for more interesting sounds. Things like reversing and time stretching will be covered here.

Building Chords

1
Constructing Chord Patterns

Here, we will look at how to construct a chord pattern on the piano roll. I also demonstrate an easy technique to build quick and effective chord patterns.

2
Choosing Instruments for Chords

This lecture explores how to choose sounds for your chords. Again, we're looking for layers and sounds that fit together.

Making & Modifying Synthesisers

1
Introduction to This Section
2
Synthesiser Components

Let's have a look at each component that makes up a synthesiser. We won't be going into huge detail here as it's not a sound design course. I'm showing you the tools you can use to create sounds without understanding what the synthesiser is doing under the hood. It's a bit like driving a car without knowing how the engine works - It's still possible to get from A to B!

3
Tweaking Synthesisers

Here, we'll examine how to tweak your synthesiser presets. If you find a sound you like, but there's something you wish to change, we can use the tools we discovered in the previous lecture to tweak the final sound.

4
Making Your Own Synth Sounds

Let's go one step further and create our own sounds from scratch.

Building Bass

1
Main Elements of EDM Bass

Examine the elements that an EDM bass is built upon.

2
Constructing a Bass Pattern

Take a look at building a bass pattern using different styles and techniques. Also, we'll take a look at ornamentation.

3
Choosing Bass Sounds

Now we'll focus on choosing bass sounds and how you should go about doing so. Like everything else, we must make sure the sound fits the vibe of the track.

Building Leads

1
Main Elements of EDM Leads

We'll examine how lead patterns are built and what main principles govern their uses in EDM.

2
Constructing Lead Patterns

We'll construct our own lead pattern now in different styles.

3
Choosing Lead Sounds

We must now choose suitable lead sounds that are distinct, but still fit the sound of the track.

Probably the most paradoxical part of EDM... Choosing a lead that stands out, but also doesn't. Hopefully, you'll get what I mean!

4
Making Lead Sounds

Let's create our own lead sound from scratch!

Building Pads & Strings

1
Pads vs. Strings

In this head to head battle, we compare pads against strings and how each are usually used in EDM.

2
Choosing Pad Sounds

Here, we'll choose our own pad instruments, and I'll also make you aware of a persistent headache that pad presets bring with them. However, never fear, I'll also show you how to correct that headache!

3
Making Pad Sounds

No 'Building {X}' section would be complete without a lecture about how to make the sounds in question. Now let's take a look at creating our own pad sounds from scratch.

4
Choosing String Instruments

Here we'll take a look at some string sounds that you can use for your tracks.

5
Synthesised Strings

We'll just have a quick listen to some synthesised strings and see what they could sound like in an EDM track.

Using Loops

1
Internal vs. External Loops

We'll discuss the differences between internal and external loops, so that we can differentiate them in the future.

2
Using External Loops

Now we'll examine how to use external loops correctly in EDM. You shouldn't build your track entirely out of external loops, because then there's nothing original in the track!

3
Adding Variation to Internal Loops

Variation is important to break the monotony in the track. Let's look at how to add variation.

Effects for EDM

1
Main Elements of EDM Effects

Quick examination of what EDM effects comprise of.

2
Choosing Effects

Now let's look at how we should be selecting our effects for use in a track.

3
Making Effects

We can also make our own effect sounds if we wish. Here we'll look at some very basic ways to do that.

Vocals

1
Introduction to Vocals for EDM

Quick demonstration of some vocals types we can use.

2
Vocal Phrases

Here, we'll look at our first vocal type, which is vocal phrases.

3
Vocal Hooks

Our next vocal type are vocal hooks. How do we use them in a track?

4
Vocal Loops

Back to loops again! This time, we're concerned with the vocal side of things.  These are very useful in genres like Tech House.

5
Vocal Chops

These are great for making a unique sound without having a full acapella in your track! Let's see how to make them.

6
Sampled Vocals

Be careful with these... You don't want to get sued. For the most part, they're okay to use, as long as your track doesn't get very famous. If your track does explode (and let's face it, that's what we all want), you need to make sure that you're legally entitled to use a particular vocal sample in your track. Seek written permission, otherwise, head to the public domain for films/speeches/TV Shows.

Manipulating Vocals

1
Introduction to This Section

This is just an example of what we'll be looking at over the next few lectures.

2
Formant Shifting

A,E, I, O, U... and the rest. Here, we'll look at formant shifting and how it works.

3
Vocoders

One of my personal favourites. Turn your vocals into chords, or make them sound like a robot!

4
Vocal Doubling

For a clean, modern sound, use vocal doubling.

5
Vocal Layers

Seems like we're always layering things... Vocals are no different. Use vocals with different effects to build up a full, fat vocal sound.

Points of Note

1
Points of Note

Just one lecture in this section, but these are useful for the progression of a track. Let's take a look at how to use points of note.

Transitions

1
Transitions in EDM

An example of what transitions are, and why they're an essential aspect of all productions.

2
The Easiest Transition

Feeling lazy? Use this simple transition to break the monotony.

3
Drum Fills

This lecture will fill you in on drum fills.... ba-dum, tss!

4
Vocal Shouts

Definitely overused, but only because they're effective. These work particularly well right before a drop section. Let's look at how to use them!

5
Instrumental Transitions

We can also use melodies to bring us from one section to another. These are called upbeats, or in musical terms, an anacrusis.

6
Silence as a Transition

...

7
The Big Hit

For a while back in 2012, every single track made use of a 'Pryda snare' - Eric Prydz was the first to use it. It's essentially like a short sound to slap you in the face before a new section. In this lecture, we'll take a look at some of these snares (Drop/reverb snares), and we'll also have a look at using some other big hit transitions.

8
Effect Transitions

You can use these for clever little easter eggs if you wish, or you can use them to simply transition. Let's have a look at how we can do that.

9
A Combonation Transition

For the most professional sound, use a combination of all these transitions. This lecture briefly explores a combination transition.

Filler Elements & Extra

1
Using Filler & Extra

A quick demonstration of how filler and extra works.

2
External Loops as Filler & Extra

Let's use some external loops to fill up empty space, and also create additional interest for the listener.

3
Tone & Drop Blasters

Utilise this pedal note technique in order to create drop tone and drop blasters.

4
Synths as Filler & Extra

Now we'll use some synth sounds to fill up empty space, and play additional lines above the track.

5
Effects as Filler & Extra

Effects are great. Let's use them as filler and extra.

6
The Reverb Swell

This could technically be seen as a long transition, but I put it in here as an extra that you can do before a drop. Let's use reverb to build tension by making the track sound further away.

PROJECT 1 - Mini Track

1
The Mini Project
2
The Mini Project - Link Submission

Arrangement Tips for Professional Sound

1
Introduction to Arrangement

A quick lecture to highlight what the section is about.

2
Driving Elements

This is very important to prevent a track becoming messy or confused. Only one element should be at the forefront of the track at any one time. So if your vocal is playing at the same time as a lead element, turn the lead down so that it's not fighting for space.

3
The Intensity Line Graph

How does the energy of your track progress over time? It needs to feel smooth and stable.

4
Forming the Main Idea

In case you're stuck for ideas, these few tips should allow you to jumpstart the creative process.

5
Where to Start

Obviously, everyone has their own methods. But if you're truly stuck, start with the breakdown. This lecture explains why.

Preparing for Mixdown

1
Preparing for Mixdown

Just one lecture again in this section. We'll prepare the project for mixdown.

Before we Begin the Mixing Section

1
Introduction to Mixing

An explanation as to what mixing is, and why we must use it for our EDM tracks.

Equalisation

1
EQ for Mixing

A slideshow to explain EQ, how it works, and its parameters.

2
How to Use EQ

This lecture explains the correct EQ process. You must load 2 EQ's. One for precision, one for shaping.

3
The Presence Zone

Where our ears are most sensitive. Too much information in this frequency range can cause a track to sound messy.

4
EQ for Instruments (Part 1)

Let's explore how we apply EQ to instruments.

5
EQ for Instruments (Part 2)

Part 2 of the previous lecture.

6
EQ for Bass

Now let's look at using EQ for a bass.

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