We asked house music legend Olav Basoski: How do you create those awesome sounds on your dance tracks? Instead of answering with a text message, Olav produced this incredible Ableton Live tutorial called Designing Sound for Dance Music!
In this specialized set of videos, Olav starts out with a basic dance synthesizer lesson explaining how fundamental synth concepts like analog, FM and function envelopes are extrapolated into the fabric of House Music. From there he shows off his incredible Ableton Live chops by taking us drum-by-drum, sound designing the dance kit and showing us the techniques he uses to recreate a rhythm section that destroys the dance floor.
Next, Olav does a deep dive into pads, synth leads, arpeggiators and bass synthesis, demonstrating in his fun and knowledgeable way how he is the de facto master of audio production in the dance music universe.
So if you want to know the sonic secrets behind Olav’s house mega-hits, plug into this Ableton Live tutorial and you’ll soon be Designing Sounds for Dance Music better than anyone else you know ... that is except the master himself: Olav Basoski!
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Rickard wrote on January 6, 2018
Thank you for this :) Ready to get into synth sound design on my Roland JDXA (Operaror) and SE-02 (Analog). Only touched the surface but this for sure will change that!?Awsome!
Chaeya wrote on December 8, 2015
I truly enjoyed this course and I worked alongside Olav as he explained things. I used to be very intimidated by Ableton, but not anymore. Olav is one of my favorite teachers on here. Great job!
Tac wrote on June 12, 2015
Olav shows great competence and flair, and his instruction is at a really good pace for following along. This video series is great for learning not only hot to replicate various types of drums, percussion, synth and bass elements, but also a very good basis for designing all new original sounds on your own. What also really stands out is that he used 100% Ableton Live built in instruments and effects for everything, and that means if you have Live, you can do this without needing any other plugins whatsoever.
110dB wrote on May 4, 2015
Its very Cool i love this course...but i need to learn a lot because its very complex and difficult...:/ BUT 5 stars for MPV AND OLAV
110dB wrote on April 4, 2015
Olav Basoski explained this Course very well! I like this Course very! FM Synth and Analog is for me easy :) Thank you Olav Thank You MPV
mooshi3000 wrote on May 8, 2014
Olav's presentation is both informative and entertaining, he goes in depth, without
The information becoming too heady. Although this series is titled Sound Design For Dance Music
The techniques, here could work for any production.
Marty wrote on April 11, 2014
Olav — I'm currently watching this tutorial. Without fail, you continue to inspire my brainworx. Cheers, Friend. 5 - Best.
warrioress wrote on March 3, 2014
I watched this whole course in two days. I learned a lot! Was very informative and useful.
Missing Link wrote on December 12, 2013
This is a very good course on FX synthesis! It shows very thorough uses of Analog, Operator, and many other Ableton plug-ins that was extremely helpful.
GeovanniM wrote on November 24, 2013
Best EDM sound design tutorial I've seen so far, it touches on very important sound designing tricks.