Introduction to Making Techno! – Part 2

Introduction to Making Techno! – Part 2

Part 2 – Approach/Get That Sound 

In Part 2 of our Introduction to Making Techno course, we’ll delve into some specific approaches and techniques that can help you achieve the sound you’re after.

Here is an outline of what will be included:

  1. Creating a solid foundation: In techno, the kick and bass are often the driving force of the track. It’s important to get these elements sounding punchy and solid, and this can be achieved by careful attention to EQ, compression, and other processing techniques.

  2. Layering and texturing: To create more depth and interest in your tracks, consider layering different sounds and using effects to create texture. For example, you could use a stereo delay to create a sense of space or use a reverb to add a sense of depth.

  3. Using automation: Automation is a powerful tool in techno production, as it allows you to make precise changes to the levels and effects of different elements over time. This can help you create dynamic and evolving tracks that keep listeners engaged.

  4. Experimenting with sound design: One of the key elements of techno is the use of unique and otherworldly sounds. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different synthesizers, drum machines, and effects processors to create your own signature sound.

  5. Working with loops and samples: Many techno tracks are built around repeating loops and samples, so it’s important to learn how to work with these elements effectively. This could include learning how to edit, slice, and arrange loops, as well as how to incorporate samples into your tracks.

Our goal is to help aspiring techno producers develop the skills and knowledge they need to create professional-quality tracks that stand out in the genre.

It’s imperative to tune the kick and adjust it to the right length for what you want to achieve, giving it the right decay or automated decay could be a feature of your tune.
It’s also somewhat important to use the same kick for side-chaining as you’re using in your track. This way the envelope of the kick will shape the envelope of the sidechain and blend them nicely.
Also, instead of using one sound for the bass-line, try splitting it apart and using different sounds for every note in the riff. Your CPU will determine how complex your chain of VSTs becomes.
Then, because each bass note has its channel, you can treat them separately and apply different EQ, dynamics and effects.
Also, a stereo delay set at one channel 33ms and no feedback can work wonders.

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