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by Harvey McKay
Beginner and Intermediate
How To Make
Techno 2019 with Harvey McKay
Next up we record the scenes we have laid out so we can then work on it further in the arrangement view.
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Sonic Academy is proud to welcome a brand new tutor this week, Glasgow based driving, soulful Techno producer Harvey McKay.
In How To Make Techno 2019 Harvey shows us his creative process in making a dark, brooding, and downright sinister techno track from start to finish in Ableton.
Starting with a sub layered overdriven and saturated kick we build tension with a rumbling bassline, pitched and crunched down hi-hats and a snare before adding the sinister main synth line created in u-he's Repro. Once the elements are in place we build up the scenes in Ableton's session view before recording as if playing live to lay down the basic arrangement. It's then a case of tweaking automation and editing the playthrough to get to the final mixdown so it can be sent off for mastering.
This is a course that proves you don't need a whole ton of plugins and gimmicks to create a banging floor filler, just careful selection of the right sounds with minimal processing can get you there!
Go check it!