Ambient Chillstep Tutorial
Take the next step on your journey and learn genre specific music production skills. Make a complete ambient/chillstep 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
26 Lessons - 5 hours
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 chopping up loops to creating your own original 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 the course...
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 22 lessons (over 4 hours) of Ambient/Chillstep, 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.
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- Any DAW compatible*
- Only basic plugins and FREE instruments used
- Email support (less than 24 hour response time)
- All audio, MIDI, and presets are provided
* Requires you know your way around your DAW of choice (not for complete beginners)
Module 1 - Getting Started
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 & Effects
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 - Chill Step 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 analyse 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 analysing 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.
Why learn from Born To Produce?
We have been refining the start to finish music production tutorial for over 8 years. In that time we've helped thousands of students become better producers. We put our hearts and souls into each and every tutorial, which is why we get such great reviews. Our students are always grateful for our super fast and helpful support.
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.
Jon Merritt (producer, tutor & 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, and refined. He is always willing to learn new skills / software that further the goal of music production.
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