Take the next step on your journey and learn genre specific music production skills. Make a complete Uplifting Trance track from start to finish, and take the skills you learn with you into your future projects.
Watch the course overview for a more in-depth look at what you'll get out of the course, and listen to the track you will make
21 Lessons - 4 hours
We have been refining the start to finish music production tutorial for over 8 years, and sourcing the best producers from around the world. In this tutorial you will be taught by Demis Hellen, who is an expert in Trance music production. His knowledge, teaching style, and production level are on another level. You're going to learn some amazing skills in this tutorial.
Our tutorials take months of planning and execution. Everything you are taught has the sole purpose of giving you the best learning experience and the greatest transfer of knowledge possible. Simple, powerful & fun.
What are you going to get out of it?
Perhaps you have successfully completed one of our beginner tutorials, or you are looking for new challenges, and new ways to inspire your music. As long as you know your way around your chosen DAW, you will be able to soak up all the ideas and music production experience given in this course.
A Higher Level Of Music Production Skills
These any DAW 'start to finish' tutorials are full of more advanced music production techniques, that will help you discover new producer skills. This unique style of teaching means you learn music production in a linear fashion, just like it works in real life. As you are learning every step of the song creation process, it naturally gives you the ability to finish more tracks.
In this course you'll gain many inspiring ways to help you make your own music, including the steps required to get you there. Everything from complex melodies, to creating your own original Uplifting Trance beats. The possibilities are endless and you'll go away with a load of easy to repeat ideas that you can use in your own tracks.
If you have already completed one of our beginner tutorials you will know, there is nothing quite like the satisfaction felt when you complete a song. Going from the basics of creating a beat, creating a melody, arranging your track into a full song, learning to create the elements of your track, and mixing all of it together is something YOU WILL achieve on this course.
Check out the first 4 lessons of this Uplifting Trance tutorial...
Module 1 - Melodies, Leads & Pads
After a brief introduction from your tutor Demis, you get straight into learning what typically makes an engaging trance melody. Using the powerful Vital synth (free download), you get to build an array of leads, pads and riffs with Demis's guidance, to lay down the melodic foundation in this uplifting trance track. You'll also learn how to use scales to find the right notes, create an arpeggio and see just how important it is to choose the right sounds in the first place, which really is the biggest factor in getting a full, energetic and powerful mix.
We use an incredible (and completely FREE) synthesizer called 'Vital'. Available for all platforms and all DAW's.
Module 2 - Kick / Bass / Percussion
In the 2nd module, you'll learn how to scuplt the foundation of your track, the hugely important low end. The kick and bass are always essential to get right in electronic music as they can often fight against each other. To help with this, Demis shows you how to analyze and adapt the fundamental frequencies so these important elements work together in unison. You'll also learn how to 'make way' for the kick by employing velocity techniques on the bass. After learning to split the bass into 3 different layers for more control, you'll move onto sourcing free trance samples from the net and how to EQ them so they fit better in the mix. Attention to detail here with the EQ and filters makes the difference between mediocre and fat drums.
Module 3 - Arrangement / Structure
A lot of producers do not realize the importance of good song structure. This could make or break your track. The idea here is to make the different sections of your track tell a story or take the listener on a journey, and essentially keep them engaged for the duration. In this tutorial, you'll build sections that bring down the energy and equally raise the tension, so that all the hands are in the air, providing the much needed release. A song should have a distinct push and pull effect or it just won't stand out enough over all the other tracks out there and it won't be engaging enough for the listener.
Module 4 - Atmosphere & FX
The special FX or sometimes referred to as 'ear candy' are absolutely essential in most electronic music but none more-so in trance. Whooshes, risers, down swoops, hall kicks etc. are essential in providing not only the polish on the track but also help tie the different sections together that we made in the last module. You'll learn how to choose the right sounds for the right section, and help these fit into the mix with EQ, compression, limiting, reverb and delay. Demis will also show you a nifty tip where you freeze the reverb of a chord and blend this into the mix to provide the much needed 'air' of a typical trance track. Learn from Demis's mixing experience on how to get these FX sounding their full potential.
Module 5 - Breakdown & Buildup
In this module you'll learn how to build a typical breakdown and build up section which is vital with the tension and release of trance music. You'll make your own hall kick (a kick with lots of reverb) and how to accentuate the reverb with a limiter and EQ. You'll also learn several tricks to make the drop section seem bigger and fatter. For example, filtering out the lows just before it hits, filtering the kick and snare rolls, decreasing the volume slowly and lots of automation to get everything sitting in the mix in its own space, all ready for the important and energetic drop section. Learning how to get maximum energy in the drop section (main section) is key and Demis is on hand to provide his tips and experience.
Module 6 - Mixing & Mastering
In the final module, you'll learn essential mixing and mastering skills which you can apply in your own productions.
Demis has a keen eye for detail and watching him mix the track 'over his shoulder' and applying precise EQ, adding filters, compression and limiting, you'll be well on your way in your own trance productions. Reverb is also a vital effect in trance and is sometimes under or over-used. Demis steers you in the right direction here - you're in safe hands!
The trance production knowledge that Demis imparts here cannot be understated in this start to finish tutorial. He always uses stock or free plugins so you can follow along and make the track yourself with no barriers.
We hope the first 4 lessons were helpful. If you want to continue to learn music production in this style and finish the track you have started, please click the button and gain access to the remaining 17 lessons (over 4 hours) of Uplifting Trance, music production gold dust.
By making a commitment to yourself and taking a further step on your journey to become a better music producer, you are also supporting us, and enabling us to keep making these in-depth tutorials that help thousands of fellow earthlings around the world become better music producers like you.
* Requires you know your way around your DAW of choice (not for complete beginners)
Demis Hellen (professional producer, tutor & DJ) has been making tunes for over 20 years and has been teaching for the last 9 of them, on Youtube and in one on one sessions. Demis's main genre of choice is Trance, but he has produced in many genres over the years, from progressive house to orchestral.
Demis has mastered many DAW's over his career, from Ejay, Ableton Live, Cubase, and more. He produces better at night when there are no distractions, and bad or good days, his advice is to always produce some music, because that idea you had may one day become a masterpiece.
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