Music-Courses.com is an online music training portal and they provide professional quality online video tutorials for various DAW’s and well known individual software instruments. You’ll also find lots of courses for recording & engineering and there’s lessons for real instruments as well.
They have various providers for the tutorials and one of them is FracTroniX, producer behind Metaphra and Defazed. I checked one of FracTroniX courses, “Dubstep Beat Production in Logic” and here’s my review:
The course focuses on how to produce a powerful Dubstep style beat with Logic and it’s divided into four modules: 1) introduction, 2) sample selection and basic sequencing, 3) adding percussion, fills, reverse samples and balancing the levels and 4) adding effects and creating a submix. Total length of the course is 1 hour 36 minutes.
Even though FracTroniX is using Logic to walk you through the lessons, the guidelines and production methods he’s showing works with any DAW so it’s easy to adapt the information to your favorite music production platform. There’s also a demo project which you can download (requires Logic to open).
The video stream quality is great and the tutor explains everything very clearly.
But what about the content itself?
Even though I don’t consider myself as a beginner producer anymore, I learned tons of golden tips from the sample selection module alone. I think the guidelines FracTroniX is sharing here applies – not just for Dubstep – but for other EDM genres as well. You really get an idea of what to look for when choosing a samples for your project. Personally, I never thought of how big difference it can make whether the sample selection is successful or not right from the beginning. The usage of a spectral analyzer is covered as well and I think this knowledge will come in very handy in my own future projects when I pick my samples.
In the basic drum sequencing part, FracTroniX is showing how to create a 4-bar Dubsteppy beat with the samples he selected. Personally, it didn’t contain any huge secrets for me, but the beat was pretty cool indeed and if you’re a newcomer you will learn quite a bit. For Logic users it should also give an idea of a workflow.
The module 3 contains more advanced drum sequencing tips. For example, how to fill the drum sequence with percussion sounds to really make it roll and how to use sample reversing to enhance the rhythm. In this section FracTroniX also shares couple of cool tricks on how to effectively slice and re-arrange a drum fill to make the beat rock. How to set the volume levels in balance to improve the mix is covered as well. Lot’s of good stuff.
In the final module, FracTroniX is showing how to EQ and compress the individual sounds to really make the beat shine. Sidechain compression and additional signal processing such as the use of a reverb and stereo enhancing is covered as well. Personally, I found the EQ tips to be really useful – especially the use of a low cut filter for cleaning up the mix which I need to apply to my own productions asap.
All in all, this is a very good course and I definitely recommend it – whether you’re a beginner or more seasoned producer in Dubstep or similar genres. Actually, I think that producers working with ANY EDM genre could find this course useful. At least I did!
The price of this course is £22.49 (around €26.31 / $34.36) and is available at music-courses.com.