AMBIENT / CHILLSTEP MUSIC PRODUCTION TUTORIAL - All DAW's

Follow along step by step, and actually make this Ambient / Chillstep track with us. Learning everything from music theory to mixing along the way, and learning the skills you need to make your own ambient / Chillstep tracks.

<< Listen to the track you will make

  • Only FREE Instruments Used
  • Follow Along In Any DAW
  • Instant download
  • Best for users who are familiar with their DAW of choice

Start making Ambient Chillstep today >>> 

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Course Length 5 hours 28 minutes - 26 Lessons

Course Modules

Module 1 - Sound Design

Ambient music is all about minimal beauty. In this first module you will learn how to craft sounds and textures for your tracks using a variety of methods like synthesis and samples.

 

We use an incredible (and completely FREE) synthesizer called 'Vital'. The only other instrument used is a piano instrument (also free), so this course is accessible to everyone, in any DAW.

 

You will learn the basics of synthesis in Vital, creating a luscious pad and bass lines, plus using organic samples to help augment the synthesized sounds to create a beautiful and diverse soundscape and help generate an emotional connection to the listener.

Module 2 - Music Theory

In this module you will learn how to create a full 32 bar chord progression. In order to achieve this you will learn from the very basics, how to select a scale, how to make triad chords, and then how to resolve a chord progression to give a sense of completion. We will go much further than this and enhance the emotional deepness of the chord progression by using different chord voicings, 7th chords, sus chords, and even borrowed chords.

 

We then use a technique called 'complexity out of simplicity' to take a standard 4 bar chord progression and turn it first into an 8 bar progression, then 16 bar, then 32 bar. This gives the track a real sense of evolution as it progresses and helps keep the listener engaged.

Module 3 - Soundstage & SFX

As important as the sounds used, is where and how these sounds are used in the mix, i.e. Creating a 'soundstage'. In this module you will learn how to place the sounds for maximum impact, keeping a minimalistic approach in mind.

 

Using SFX sounds to enhance the emotion of the track is a vital and also satisfying process as it really ties the track together. You will use a variety of different SFX sounds, all taken from our Chill Step sample pack (all samples used in the tutorial are provided in the workfiles). Used in conjunction with modulation effects to tailor sounds to your track.

We'll also be using reverb a great deal to generate a sense of depth and spaciousness to our mix.

Module 4 - Chillstep Beat

In this module we make a beat for the second half of the track (after the 'Ambient' section). You will learn how to create a Chillstep beat that has a big impact, and works in conjunction with the side chained bassline to provide a chunky rhythm. We'll use a variety of sounds, drums and SFX sounds to create a beat that has the right energy and also compliments the track

 

As we discuss in the course, you can of course go in any direction you want when it comes to the type of beat you use for this track. You could choose to use very minimal drums or even no drums at all. The choice is always yours.

Module 5 - Song Structure

One of the most misunderstood skills is 'song structure'. Here you will learn how to analyze the track on the micro and macro scale. Looking at how we generate a sense of push and pull (tension and release) at the micro level of the melody, and the macro level of the whole arrangement. This level of understanding can help you make tracks that always keep the listener engaged and coming back for more.

 

As well as analyzing the track on an energetic level, you will also be enhancing the movement and flow of the track using SFX sounds and automation to help deepen the emotion of the track.

Module 6 - Mixing & Mastering

In the last module we will delve into the important processes of mixing and mastering. You will learn the key to making sure your mixes are effortless, and therefore easy to do.

 

Picking the right elements is paramount, but you also need to be able to balance these with each other, and you need to be able to tweak them to fit in the mix. Here we will look at EQ, compression, saturation, dynamic EQ (using a FREE plugin) and much more.

In the last lesson we will then apply the last minor tweaks to the track to make sure it is properly balanced and then render it out.

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"To make a long story short, your courses are the best music-related investment I have ever made!"

Gunner

"I consider myself extremely fortunate to have come across your courses, without which I'm not sure what I would have done!"

Kevin

Start making Ambient Chillstep today >>> 

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Jon Merritt (producer & founder of Born To Produce) has been making tunes for over 20 years and has been teaching for the last 10 of them. In his career he has come to grips with many genres of modern music from Hard House to Downtempo. His skill in music production has been crafted over many years of self taught experimentation and learning from other producers at the top of their game. He has tried almost every angle on most production techniques so when he teaches you something you know it has been tried and tested. He is always willing to learn new skills / software that further the goal of music production.

Get in contact any time to give feedback, ask for help or just say hello. Use the contact form HERE



AMBIENT / CHILLSTEP MUSIC PRODUCTION TUTORIAL - All DAW's

Follow along step by step, and actually make this Ambient / Chillstep track with us. Learning everything from music theory to mixing along the way, and learning the skills you need to make your own ambient / Chillstep tracks.

<< Listen to the track you will make

  • Only FREE Instruments Used
  • Follow Along In Any DAW
  • Instant download
  • Best for users who are familiar with their DAW of choice
Sold out

Course Length 5 hours 28 minutes - 26 Lessons

Course Modules

Module 1 - Sound Design

Ambient music is all about minimal beauty. In this first module you will learn how to craft sounds and textures for your tracks using a variety of methods like synthesis and samples.

 

We use an incredible (and completely FREE) synthesizer called 'Vital'. The only other instrument used is a piano instrument (also free), so this course is accessible to everyone, in any DAW.

 

You will learn the basics of synthesis in Vital, creating a luscious pad and bass lines, plus using organic samples to help augment the synthesized sounds to create a beautiful and diverse soundscape and help generate an emotional connection to the listener.

Module 2 - Music Theory

In this module you will learn how to create a full 32 bar chord progression. In order to achieve this you will learn from the very basics, how to select a scale, how to make triad chords, and then how to resolve a chord progression to give a sense of completion. We will go much further than this and enhance the emotional deepness of the chord progression by using different chord voicings, 7th chords, sus chords, and even borrowed chords.

 

We then use a technique called 'complexity out of simplicity' to take a standard 4 bar chord progression and turn it first into an 8 bar progression, then 16 bar, then 32 bar. This gives the track a real sense of evolution as it progresses and helps keep the listener engaged.

Module 3 - Soundstage & SFX

As important as the sounds used, is where and how these sounds are used in the mix, i.e. Creating a 'soundstage'. In this module you will learn how to place the sounds for maximum impact, keeping a minimalistic approach in mind.

 

Using SFX sounds to enhance the emotion of the track is a vital and also satisfying process as it really ties the track together. You will use a variety of different SFX sounds, all taken from our Chill Step sample pack (all samples used in the tutorial are provided in the workfiles). Used in conjunction with modulation effects to tailor sounds to your track.

We'll also be using reverb a great deal to generate a sense of depth and spaciousness to our mix.

Module 4 - Chillstep Beat

In this module we make a beat for the second half of the track (after the 'Ambient' section). You will learn how to create a Chillstep beat that has a big impact, and works in conjunction with the side chained bassline to provide a chunky rhythm. We'll use a variety of sounds, drums and SFX sounds to create a beat that has the right energy and also compliments the track

 

As we discuss in the course, you can of course go in any direction you want when it comes to the type of beat you use for this track. You could choose to use very minimal drums or even no drums at all. The choice is always yours.

Module 5 - Song Structure

One of the most misunderstood skills is 'song structure'. Here you will learn how to analyze the track on the micro and macro scale. Looking at how we generate a sense of push and pull (tension and release) at the micro level of the melody, and the macro level of the whole arrangement. This level of understanding can help you make tracks that always keep the listener engaged and coming back for more.

 

As well as analyzing the track on an energetic level, you will also be enhancing the movement and flow of the track using SFX sounds and automation to help deepen the emotion of the track.

Module 6 - Mixing & Mastering

In the last module we will delve into the important processes of mixing and mastering. You will learn the key to making sure your mixes are effortless, and therefore easy to do.

 

Picking the right elements is paramount, but you also need to be able to balance these with each other, and you need to be able to tweak them to fit in the mix. Here we will look at EQ, compression, saturation, dynamic EQ (using a FREE plugin) and much more.

In the last lesson we will then apply the last minor tweaks to the track to make sure it is properly balanced and then render it out.

CHECK OUT THESE FREE LESSONS

"To make a long story short, your courses are the best music-related investment I have ever made!"

Gunner

"I consider myself extremely fortunate to have come across your courses, without which I'm not sure what I would have done!"

Kevin

Sold out

Jon Merritt (producer & founder of Born To Produce) has been making tunes for over 20 years and has been teaching for the last 10 of them. In his career he has come to grips with many genres of modern music from Hard House to Downtempo. His skill in music production has been crafted over many years of self taught experimentation and learning from other producers at the top of their game. He has tried almost every angle on most production techniques so when he teaches you something you know it has been tried and tested. He is always willing to learn new skills / software that further the goal of music production.

Get in contact any time to give feedback, ask for help or just say hello. Use the contact form HERE



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