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126 - Making trancebeats RRRrrrrrun fast...in Logic that is...        

From: Wicked Matt
Email: Mats.karlsson@worldmailer.com
Date: 30-Sep-99


Hi people! I´ve been trying to make good trancemusic for about two years and I finally found a way of making the beats move properly. It seems many people find this difficult, including me up until now... The tune won´t really start, if you know what i´m saying..it sounds like this huge intro, and you just can´t find a way of "getting the car to move".. It just stands there, at the stoplight, roaring its engines...and then comes the build-up...and You drop the beats...and...nothing...engines still roaring but the track wont really move, no matter how many compressors or fat synths you add.. Well, here are my tips, for what they´re worth... 1. Bulid-ups tend to get too short, because one is impatient with the programming...the traditional rolling snarefill should be at least 16 bars, and DO NOT attempt to maker 32-notes until the absolutely last bar of the whole sequence... 2. The main beat must have A LOT of MID-register in the mix. More than you would imagine actually. AND...of course, the Kick should be a straight 4. The clap/snare should be straight aswell. Percussives should be straight, or at the most swung in 16 A or B. Now we come to the essential part of programming good trancebeats in Logic. Use a completely straight 808-kit, with very long open hihat, binding together kick and clap/snare. Then, add a dirty fat 909-hihatkit, with lots and lots of Mid-register, and....double closed hihats and then an open at every beat...chaka-psst, chaka-psst, chaka-psst...and swing it at 16F or E... It will move ANY mountain. 3. If You have the software...add a recycled hiphopbeat, with tons of reverb in the background..this isnt necessary, but it does help even more... Thats my tip... /Wicked Matt


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