POP EDM Tutorial
Take the next step on your journey and learn genre specific music production skills. Make a complete POP/EDM 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
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.
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...
Module 1 - EDM Drums
In this POP EDM tutorial, you'll get making music straight away, building the foundation of your track. You'll learn how to create modern, EDM style drums and how to layer kicks together so you have complete control over the level of punch or sub bass tail.
The whole idea with this drum beat, is that it provides a big amount of energy to the chorus sections of the track, so it's important to get the drums sounding as 'direct' as possible, using various processing techniques.
EDM has simple drum patterns, but don't let that fool you, it takes skills to make simple drums 'pop' in the mix.
Module 2 - Music Theory
With the melody playing such a vital role in the track, it is really important that you understand how to create and enhance emotional and engaging chord progressions, that you can then use to make any number of musical parts for your track.
We'll cover the basics of how to make your own chord progression, and how to modify that chord progression to suit your track.
The melody in EDM is particularly important, so we'll take a bit of time to understand how a melody can be made and how the various techniques like using 'stable' and 'unstable' notes can be used to give your melody more emotion.
Module 3 - Sound Design
With so many producers in the world today, it is important to stand out from the crowd. Throughout this tutorial you will learn how to design your own sounds from scratch.
We use an incredible (and completely FREE) synthesizer called 'Vital'. Available for all platforms and all DAW's.
There are a total of 8 sounds created from the ground up in this tutorial; a number of leads that we layer up to make one really fat lead sound, off beat bass, pad, even down-filter and riser SFX sounds. We also provide all the presets as a 'Vital Preset Pack' with the tutorial, so you can just load them up if you are not interested in sound design.
Module 4 - Creating Great Arrangements
Great song structure is massively important when it comes to creating that subtle sense of 'push and pull' that keeps a listener engaged with your music.
You’re going to learn what makes great song structure and how you can use the tension and release of the different sections to tell a story that will keep the listener engaged and coming back for more, over and over again.
We'll be using various song structure techniques and concepts to do this, along with using (and even creating) SFX sounds to help keep the track evolving and generating tension and release between the different sections.
Module 5 - Guitar & Vocals
The vocal and guitar are 2 of the most important elements of the track, and so it is incredibly important that they convey and enhance the energy of the track. In this comprehensive module you will learn how to find singers or guitarists to work with. Plus loads of great tips on getting the most out of them.
You'll learn how to enhance and correct the performance, using techniques like comping and pitch correction, creating doubled takes and so on.
Once the performance is nailed, you will then learn how to process the vocal with the standard effects you have in your DAW, like compression, EQ, and De-essing.
Module 6 - Mixing & Mastering
Lastly, you will learn the key skills needed to make sure all your mixes are as effortless as possible. Once you understand this, you will find mixing so much easier and fun that it will seem like you are running cheat codes.
Of course we will go through and mix the entire track and you will follow along with the whole process as we do it, learning all about the various techniques and why and when to use them in your own mixes.
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 POP/EDM, 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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- Only basic plugins and FREE instruments used
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- All audio, MIDI, and presets are provided
* Requires you know your way around your DAW of choice (not for complete beginners)
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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Is this tutorial ok for Cubase 9.5? Thanks!
Yes should be fine. There will only be minor differences. Enjoy!