Hard Tech Kick
OK, this time I will show how to make melodic hard techno in ableton. (A link to the free template from this lesson will be at the end of the article) This is one of the possible ways to do this. For starters, we need a good, juicy hard tekno kick. I took a kick drum from the sample library – HardTechno Anthems Loop Set. Hardtechno BPM usually ranges from 130 to 145 BPM, in this project 139 BPM.
OK, that kick sounds great. Now you need the right tek bass.
Hard Tech Bassline
Of course, the bass line in techno or hardtechno can be very different from track to track. In this project, I used a melodic bassline, not too aggressive, but quite dynamic. The midi file of this techno bass I took from the collection of techno midi files: 101 Bass & Lead Techno Loops Vol.2 MIDI + WAV For bass, I used the Serum synthesizer.
To make the kick more audible in the mix, I used the Wavesfactory TrackSpacer plugin for the bass line sidechain.
Other than that, I also added some distortion to the bass using the Amp ableton plugin.
OK. Now we can listen to how the kick and bass sound together.
Well… In my opinion, the kick and bassline sound good and we can move on. The next step will be tech percussion.
Someone likes to create every element of the track from scratch, someone uses ready-made loops. I believe that the end result is more important than prejudice and combine the creation of tech sounds from scratch, with ready-made samples and loops from production libraries.
In this project I used a percussion loop from a sample pack – HardTechno Anthems Loop Set
In a mix with kick and bass, percussion sounds like this:
Next I added an open hat here
Fine. In the next step I will add a leading synthesizer part.
Melodic Techno Sequence
I used a simple sequence, you can see the midi part in the screenshot. Arpeggiator, beat repeat, delay were used on the track.
On this track, I used the Ableton Instrument Rack as a synthesizer. A bit of overdrive, autopan and autofilter with LFO on cutoff.
Now we can listen to all the sounds in the mix. I also added a closed hat.
Arrangement option / Final Mix
And a variant of how it might sound in the final =) Only the A.O.M Invisible limiter VST is used on the master section.
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