I’ve been making electronic music for 6 years, I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way but I think I’ve finally figured out how to make the perfect electronic song.
1. Make sure you have a computer
2. Download Ableton Live
3. Make sure your computer has an internet connection
4. Go to www.abletonsamplesite.com
5. Select a random pack of samples
6. Load each sample into one track in Ableton
7. Press play and enjoy!
As an electronic music producer, I often get asked how I make my music; in particular, people want to know what equipment and software is used. I am also frequently asked if there is a “secret formula” to making a great electronic song.
In today’s article, I will provide 7 steps to creating the perfect electronic song. These are steps that I have learned over the years, and will help you avoid making some of the same mistakes that I did. We will start from square one, and build up from there.
1. The first step in creating your new song is to choose your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). There are several to choose from, but some of the most popular are Ableton Live, Logic Pro X and FL Studio. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses, so it comes down to personal preference.
Step 1: Pick a genre
Electronic music is a very broad genre. To make it easier for you, pick a subgenre that you think suits your style. This will help you set the tone of your song. Do you like fast techno? Maybe you should go with drum and bass. Do you prefer something more mellow? Maybe try house or chillout.
Step 2: Find your sample
In order to make a song, you’ll need a sample to work with. You can either use an acapella, which means just the vocals themselves or a song without the vocals (an instrumental). It’s good practice to use samples that are royalty-free, meaning that you don’t have to pay royalties to use them in your songs. There are many websites out there that offer free samples and acapellas. Some of my favorites are “1beat”, “Looperman”, and “FreeSound”.
Step 3: Cut up your sample
If you have an acapella, cut it up at the phrases with an audio editor such as Audacity or Ableton Live. If you have an instrumental, record yourself singing over it about 5 times. Then cut up these takes individually and map them all out into sampler/piano roll
People fall into two categories: those who like electronic music, and those who think it’s a passing fad. I’m in the first category, and if you’re reading this you probably are too. After spending the last twenty years making electronic music, I can tell you that production is an art form. But, just because it’s art doesn’t mean it can’t be taught.
A good producer knows how to manipulate the listener with rhythm, melody, and harmony. Many producers have a sound that is easily recognizable, and once they’ve found their sound they can milk it for years. Others are always trying to innovate and come up with new sounds.
If you’re a beginner or have been producing for years, there is always more to learn. This tutorial will delve into the basics of how to make an electronic song from start to finish.
Some people have no idea how to make electronic music. They think it’s just pressing a button and an amazing song comes out. But it’s not that easy, there are many different steps to making great electronic music.
The first step in making an electronic song is creating the beat. You can do this with a drum machine or by hand. You can use as many or as few notes as you want but you want to keep it simple and fun and easy to follow. The best songs have very simple beats that are catchy. You can use a drum machine because after all it is electronic music so most of the time you will be using a drum machine to make your beat.
If you want your beat to sound better you can add some filters and effects like reverb and delay. You can add these by using a plugin or VST instrument like Massive which has tons of presets for effecting and processing your track/beat.
1. Find the Perfect Sample
2. Chop it Up
3. Add a Drum Beat Over the Sample
4. Play with Different Effects on the Sample
5. Make a Bass Line to Accompany the Sample
6. Arrange and Experiment with Your Song
7. Prepare Your Song for Export
1. Make a melody that can be looped for at least 8 bars. You will probably want to make it 16 bars.
2. Add drums and a bassline if you haven’t already.
3. Add an extra melodic part, either a counter-melody or a harmony. It should be something simple, like just one note, because this is going to be repeated many times over the course of the track.
4. Repeat step 3 4 more times, changing the notes each time so that they are different but harmonically similar to the previous melody.
5. Add a bridge after 32 bars of music (or 16 bars if you haven’t doubled your melody). The bridge is where you do something different enough that it sounds like a new section of the song, but not so different that it sounds like another song entirely (you can write a whole other song later).
6. Bring back your introduction melody (the one from step 1) for another 16 or 32 bars. You can add drums again if you want, or keep them out if you want to make it sound like a completely different section from what you had in step 1.
7. Now is your last chance to do something totally different and