What Makes A Good Song: 5 Tips For Success

How To Write A Song

Producing a track is hard. But you know what’s harder? Writing a song. That’s right – something with lyrics, vocals and a catchy melody. Whether you’re a producer looking to up their game by adding your own vocals, or you’re a beginner songwriter just starting out, this article will help you. We’ll cover: 5 tips […]

Advanced Melody Guide: Using Chord Tones, Motifs and More

Want to master melody and chord progression writing? Check out Songwriting For Producers. The success of your music depends on your ability to write strong, unique, and memorable melodies. The ability to write great melodies is a muscle: you must actively train it, continually growing your knowledge and skillset. But maybe you’ve written a few, watched […]

How To Make House Music: The Complete Guide

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In the beginning, there was house. House music is the foundation of a lot of the music we call ‘EDM’ today, with artists like Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan and Ron Hardy pioneered the genre back in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. It’s been around for so long, that it’s developed an innumerable list of […]

How To Make Drum & Bass: The Complete Guide

How To Make DNB

Genres have come and gone over the years, but drum and bass has always held its ground. And there’s a reason – it’s distinctive and energetic sound is infectious, and it’s consistently kept going by labels like Hospital, Shogun and Metalheadz. So if you’re here, you probably want to learn how to make this sound […]

Why Using More Channels Doesn’t Make You a Better Producer

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Everyone has seen a project file that has so many channels, automation lanes, edits and much more. Take the below examples – one is neat, one is messy, but they both use a lot of channels. So we start to assume that better producers have more complex projects. Better producers also have better music, so […]

9 Killer Tips for Writing Better Bass Lines

Bassline Article

Bass lines are fundamental in electronic and dance music. Yet, most producers woefully underuse this powerful element in their music. They end up with boring basses that follow their chords, and that repeat throughout the track. I’ve even been guilty of this myself, but today I’m going to show you 9 tips that can help […]

Ableton Live Piano Roll: 19 Killer Tips for Workflow & Creativity

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The piano roll is where all the magic happens in Ableton Live. Melodies are crafted, chords are forged and basslines are written. But there’s a lot about the piano roll that’s left in the dark. Like this entire section here: So here are some of my favourite tips to helping you become a piano roll […]

3 Ways to Write a Drop: A Songwriter’s Guide to the Loop Trap

Recently, Sam posed this question in our EDMProd Facebook group: Sound familiar? You can create a great verse or chorus, but struggle with where to go next. Most of the time you don’t finish any songs at all, but when you do? They don’t do well. No one listens to them. They don’t connect with […]

EDM Structure & Arrangement: How to Avoid The 8-Bar Loop Trap

It’s easy to make loops, but it’s hard to make full structured EDM songs. A scenario: You’ve opened your DAW. You’ve found a sample that you like. You’ve written a solid beat or memorable melody. Everything’s sounding good. But it’s just a loop. 4 bars… 8 bars… maybe even 16… but a loop. Not a […]

Ableton Live Drum Rack Secrets – 10 Tips To Help You Master Live’s Drum Rack

Ableton Live’s Drum Rack is an incredibly powerful tool, giving you precise control over drums, percussion, and instruments. Learning this device in depth can seriously aid your production workflow. We’ve broken down our ten favorite tips that will help you master Live’s Drum Rack. Note: want 5 free custom audio effect racks for achieving clearer and more […]

Making Music Full Time & Developing Ideas Into Songs With WRLD

David Lawson better known in the electronic music scene as WRLD is one of the most promising young talents, having released with renowned record labels such as Monstercat and reaching massive promotional platforms like Mr.SuicideSheep at just the age of eighteen. Now focusing on music full time, he is living what many producers consider to […]

3 Tips for Better Song Arrangements

If you’re like me, chances are you probably jumped into all the exciting stuff early on; the fancy mix techniques, the complex sound design, you know the deal. Sure, it’s fun, but by doing this you ignore the fundamentals and ultimately end up wondering why your music isn’t up to par. One of these commonly disregarded fundamentals […]

37 Ways to Discover New Song Ideas

“All your ideas may be solid or even good..but you have to actually execute on them for them to matter.” – Gary Vaynerchuk The above quote is 100% true. Ideas mean nothing if you don’t develop them. But what if you can’t come up with ideas in the first place? After all, you can’t execute on something […]

36 Production Tips from Future House Artists

In March, we launched Start to Finish: Uplifting Trance. Next month (May), we’re launching a very special edition of Start to Finish with renowned producer Hyperbits. The genre of that upcoming course is future house, so I figured it’d be a great idea to get in touch with a bunch of future house producers and ask […]

A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Song More Interesting

You let out a sigh as you click the “export track” button in your DAW after a long day in the studio. Success. You’ve spent hours on this one, and you’re proud of it. The next step? Asking for feedback from your producer friends. You know they’ll love it. “This sounds good man. I love […]