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Designing Sounds for Dance Music

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House Music Legend Olav Basoski dives deep into his secret sound design techniques to show you how he makes tracks that top the charts and rock the dance floor.

We asked house music legend Olav Basoski: How do you create those awesome sounds on your dance tracks? Instead of answering with a text message, Olav produced this incredible Ableton Live tutorial called Designing Sound for Dance Music!

In this specialized set of videos, Olav starts out with a basic dance synthesizer lesson explaining how fundamental synth concepts like analog, FM and function envelopes are extrapolated into the fabric of House Music. From there he shows off his incredible Ableton Live chops by taking us drum-by-drum, sound designing the dance kit and showing us the techniques he uses to recreate a rhythm section that destroys the dance floor.

Next, Olav does a deep dive into pads, synth leads, arpeggiators and bass synthesis, demonstrating in his fun and knowledgeable way how he is the de facto master of audio production in the dance music universe.

So if you want to know the sonic secrets behind Olav’s house mega-hits, plug into this Ableton Live tutorial and you’ll soon be Designing Sounds for Dance Music better than anyone else you know ... that is except the master himself: Olav Basoski!

Table of Contents:

01. Preview
02. Introduction
03. Introducing Analog
04. Envelopes
05. Operator
06. Frequency Modulation
07. Kickdrum - Part 1
08. Kickdrum - Part 2
09. Another kickdrum
10. Clap - Part 1
11. Clap - Part 2
12. Clap Reversed
13. Closed Hat
14. Ride
15. 808 Congas
16. Snares
17. Agogo - Part 1
18. Agogo - Part 2
19. Shaker
20. Polysynth - Part 1
21. Polysynth - Part 2
22. Big Pad
23. Electro Synth - Part 1
24. Electro Synth - Part 2
25. Arpeggiator
26. Deep Utility Bass
27. Disco Baby! Bass - Part 1
28. Disco Baby! Bass - Part 2
29. Knock Bass
30. Wobble Bass
31. 303!