Electronic Music Tutorials

Electronic music is any music created using electronic means. Typically, electronic music is produced on computers or music hardware. SonicTransfer is dedicated to the study, improvement, and enjoyment of electronic music. One of the fastest ways to learn electronic music is through the use of electronic music production tutorials.

Electronic music tutorials and articles are listed below.

Popular French House Samples

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French House, Samples, House, Video, Daft Punk. It is well known that many French House hits are the result of clever remix work. Now there is a video to showcase before-and-after french house production results. Click the link below to see a YouTube clip that demonstrates the sampling practices of Daft Punk, Cassius, Modjo, Stardust, and more.

Video of Samples used by Daft Punk, Cassius, Modjo, and other French House Artists.

Video of Samples used by Buffalo Bunch and others. This video does a nice job of demonstrating the looping and editing techniques used by lots of house remix artists.


Free Ableton Live Workflow Tools and Shortcuts

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Ableton Live, Free, Keyboard Shortcuts, Workflow, Tools, Automation. Microsoft Windows users can now expand their Ableton Live workflow tool set. Independent developers have released tools to add extremely useful shortcuts to Live. You should grab these tools if you’re running Windows and you want to develop and perform music as fast as possible using Ableton Live.

Also, if you want to pimp your keyboard for Live, check out these keyboard stickers.


Better Compression Using an Oscilloscope

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Compression, Mixing, Side Chain Compression, House, Tutorial, Oscilloscope. In the old days, mixing engineers would study the volume meters as they danced along the console. By playing back well-mixed songs, these early pioneers learned how to read proper song dynamics. This skill is invaluable when trying to understand and utilize compression. This article discusses a modern approach to developing the same talent cultivated in the old masters: the ability to create pleasing dynamic compression. For this tutorial you will need:

  1. A VST Host (Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase, Digidesign Protools, etc.)
  2. S(m)execope VST/AU Oscilloscope. Download S(m)execope for Windows / Mac OS X.

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Sub Bass

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Sub Bass, Bass, Drum n Bass, Synth, 808. In most forms of electronic dance music, sub bass synthesizer sounds are used to produce huge, club-worthy bass tones. They are responsible for the stomach-shaking rumble in drum n bass, the smooth vibrations in deep house, and the fat boom in hip hop. Read on to learn how to incorporate sub bass into your next masterpiece.

“Kick Drum & Bass Mixing Techniques” and “Sub Bass” Are Available On SonicTransfer Premium.

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Nepheton: 808 Drum Machine VST

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Nothing beats the 808 drum machine for a solid, club-worthy low end kick. Its sound is immediately recognizable in all styles of dance music. It is an essential component of every electronic music producers gear collection. For years, musicians have paid large sums of money for the real thing. But, thanks to the D16 Group you can get Nepheton, a VST instrument that faithfully recreates the 808 sound. Best of all, instead of samples, this VST synthesizes the sounds. This allows you the same sound design flexibility enjoyed by owners of the actual hardware.

Nepheton is a commercial VST recreation of the Roland 808 drum machine. It is available for Windows and Mac OSX. Click here to learn more about the Nepheton.


How To Make Music

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How To Make Music Using Computers. You decided that you want to make music. You want to be a producer. That’s great! There is no better time to start learning this rewarding artform. Here’s why:

  1. The tools have only recently become cheap enough for amatuers to achieve professional results.
  2. Technology is making completely new production techniques possible every day.
  3. The music industry is transforming so that more musicians are able to share the spotlight.
  4. It’s incredibly fun!

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How To Use Vibrato In Electronic Music Production

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Electronic Music Production Tutorial on Synthesizer Vibrato. With electronic music production, the difference between aweful and amazing is determined by thousands of subtle audio effects. One of these effects is vibrato. When used appropriately, it has the potential to dramatically improve your basslines, leads, and vocals. This tutorial demonstrates several ways to use vibrato in electronic music production. To follow this lesson you will need:

  • A VST Host (e.g. Ableton Live, Propellerhead Reason, Cubase, etc.)
  • A VST Synthesizer. (e.g. Synth1, click here to get Synth1)

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Electronic Music Reference: Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music

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For electronic music producers, sometimes it is hard to describe exactly what kind of music you write. If you are looking to find the genre that best describes your sound, check out Ishkur’s guide by clicking the link below.

Click here to visit Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music.


Synth1 – Free VST Synthesizer

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Synth1 is an excellent replication of the Clavia Nord Lead 2. The Nord Lead 2 is one of the best synthesizers on the planet. To quote Vintage Synth Explorer, “The Nord Lead 2 is the synthesizer of choice for many professionals including: The Crystal Method, Fatboy Slim, Nine Inch Nails, The Prodigy…

The Nord Lead 2 is an electronic music standard, and for that reason alone Synth1 should be in your musical toolbox. And why not? It’s completely free. Also, it has some of the best patch presets of any synthesizer – commercial or gratis. Click the link below to get Synth1, a bunch of presets, and the manual all bundled by Sonic Transfer.

Synth1 Free VST Synthesizer

Click here to read a tutorial on using Synth1 to build a Kick Drum.