Confessions of a Drum & Bass Producer
Nigel Broad • 58 videos • 195 minutes •
Learn the art of Drum & Bass production, using Logic! This tutorial is produced by D&B pioneer, Nigel Broad.
In this new tutorial by veteran Drum & Bass producer Nigel Broad, you'll learn how a top selling composer/producer makes extraordinary dance music using Logic. Nigel is well known as one of the original innovators in the D&B scene. Having grown up in England and as executive producer and head of A&R for legendary D&B label Contagious Records, Nigel pioneered many of the techniques that give this pulsating music its legendary sound. And speaking of Contagious, this tutorial is sooo contagious that I not only watched it several times in a row I had to run to my studio to try out some of Nigel’s awesome Logic tricks!
Drum and bass music has evolved into many different sub-genres over the years and Nigel's personal style has evolved too. In this tutorial, Confessions of a Drum and Bass Producer, he showcases a much more contemporary D&B sound; It’s more sophisticated, yet still contains essential elements of his early British dance chart hits.
However there’s more to this tutorial besides its amazing content and that’s the utterly enjoyable experience of listening to Nigel who, like a friend, humorously reveals his treasure trove of production secrets.
So welcome Nigel Broad to our NonLinear Educating family of trainers and experience this awesome 3-Hour tutorial showing the unique process of creating a Drum & Bass production in Logic.
1Introducing Nigel Broad (01:00)Preview
2Intro to the Course (00:59)Preview
3Kick-Start the Creative Process (01:27)Preview
4Getting Organized (01:18)Preview
5Setting Up Logic (05:02)Preview
- 6Organizing Loop and Sample Libraries (02:31)
- 7Some Options for Creating a Beat (03:51)
- 8Pro’s and Con’s of Using Drum Loops (02:05)
- 9Finding the Right Tempo (02:15)
- 10The Only Rule is “There is No Rules” (00:56)
- 11Soft Synths vs. Hardware Synths (01:55)
- 12A Word About “Option Overload” (01:08)
- 13Laying Down a Bass Line (02:13)
- 14Finding a Better Bass Sound (03:21)
- 15Adding a Sequence Part (01:48)
- 16Tweaking the Sequence (04:28)
- 17Adding a Chord Pad? (03:59)
- 18In Need of a Bridge (04:13)
- 19Adding a Little “Icing” (05:32)
- 20A Word About “Songwriter’s Block” (01:23)
- 21Coming Back to the Track - Adding Another Part (02:33)
- 22A 16 Bar Loop Is Not a Song! (01:10)
- 23Extending Our 16 Bar Loop (05:07)
- 24A Rough Arrangement (04:22)
- 25We’ve Already Come a Long Way - Some Thoughts (01:48)
- 26Time for a Vocal? (01:21)
- 27Time to Ditch That Name? (01:26)
- 28Packaging Up the Track for a Lyricist/Vocalist (04:03)
- 29Working with a Lyricist/Vocalist (03:23)
- 30Importing the Temp Vocal (04:07)
- 31Finalizing our Arrangement (05:56)
- 32Time to Ditch That Name, Finally! (01:32)
- 33Recording a Lead and Background Vocal (02:33)
- 34Back at Home Base, Importing the Vocals into Logic (03:53)
- 35Organizing Vocal Takes and Tracks (06:56)
- 36Taking a Break, an Overview of Where We Are (02:29)
- 37Separating out the Drums (04:50)
- 38Adding Fills and Variations (05:12)
- 39Loop Slicing (04:35)
- 40Editing and Arranging the Drums (06:48)
- 41Creating “Key Kicks” (03:14)
- 42Creating a Vocal Stutter (07:15)
- 43Cleaning Up (Part 1) (05:33)
- 44Cleaning Up (Part 2) (03:04)
- 45Listening to the Rough Mix (02:43)
- 46Bussing the Drums (03:36)
- 47Bussing the Vocals (03:29)
- 48Setting Up Sends (06:22)
- 49Grouping the Vocals (02:38)
- 50Mixing the Kick (03:39)
- 51Mixing the Bass (02:49)
- 52More Mixing (04:14)
- 53Mixing the Vocals (03:01)
- 54Mixing the Mallets (02:48)
- 55Finishing Touches on the Drums (03:02)
- 56Finishing Touches on the Vocals (02:49)
- 57Finishing Touches (03:41)
- 58Final Thoughts ... (05:25)
Great tutorial! Very informative, it's fantastic to see a project such as this one, come to life.
Great tutorial on the production of a drum and bass track by Nigel Broad in Logic Pro. Nigel demonstrates how he builds a track from start-to-finish in this course; his workflow, production and mixing techniques. Although this course was produced in an earlier version of Logic Pro (8 I believe) all techniques shown can be easily transferred to other DAWs, including Logic Pro X :-P
very very good =D
This course is absolutely fantastic. It's an insight into the working methods of an absolute pro. It is a privilege to be let into so much for the price. Nigel, MacProVidz, you guys rock.....
A great walk through the entire song writing process, including a ton of hints and tips that will make your life in Logic Pro that much better.
Im Cubase user, but this video far beyond of which daw you are using,it how to compose a song from zero.Very useful for any musician.A lot of great ideas.Very recomend,big pleasure to watching! THANX
great tutorial, loads of production, arrangement, mixing advice. Well appreciated. thanks!
Whether you are into Drum and Bass or not, this tutorial is perfect for actually producing music in Logic. Sometimes I find myself getting mired down into the complexities of a single Logic feature. Whereas Nigel through his tutorial guides you through to completion of an entire song.
This tutorial started out very simply but gathered in richness and complexity as it went along. By the end I was very impressed at the quality of the track. Nigel certainly knows his way around Logic Studio! I have been using Logic on and off for a while now (just as an amateur of course) and have been through Logic 101. There's no doubt that you need to know Logic, and the principles of mixing, quite well (e.g., the point of using a compressor and how it works) in order not to follow along in parrot-fashion. There are loads of neat tricks and Nigel is kind enough to share a number of useful techniques, such as using "key kicks". I was a little disappointed that his use of a relatively expensive external plug-in (Stylus RMX), although it's quite possible to split up Apple midi loops, or create one's own using Ultrabeat of course. I was encouraged by Nigel's relaxed attitude to doing what sounds right, and his practical advice about experimenting with sounds and taking a break! All in all a very worthwhile tutorial that merits repeated viewings.
Sometimes a glimpse of somebody else's song construction vibe can be useful. The dnb confessions video was honest and revealing. Not earth shattering, just a nice snapshot of bringing a dnb song together. Very enjoyable.
A very inspiring tutorial! And you get a lot of tips and tricks on the "journey" going from scratch to a finished song. Never say again: I´m stuck, I´ve run out of ideas and inspiration. The chapters about stutter, couldn´t get my arms down, just to mention one. To the average Logic user it may be a drawback that Nigel uses external Midi and 3. party software instruments to build the fundamentals: Bass & drums.
Really good video, it has so many small things mentioned that helps to compose and produce a song and a whole music album from the scratch. I suppose that many people expected something typical like "house and bass music". Well, music is more than just some beats and a cool bass line. Nigel has done an excellent video and I advise everyone to watch the tutorial more than ones. This tutorial is so much different than all the others videos here at macprovideo. I enjoyed every part of it.
Very interesting set of videos which take the viewer on a journey from a very basic idea to a fully realised track. However, i personally would have liked less of the basic logic pro instruction as this has been covered very well in other instructional video sets on this website. I would have like more instruction on the actual tricks such as cutting up the drum samples etc. Nonetheless, this was a very informative video and Nigel Broad's infectious enthusiasm engages the student to inspire their own creations. Thank you.
Excellent! I love how the tutorial takes you through the entire song creative process. Nigel gives very insightful ideas and helpful tips and shortcuts to streamline and make production work more productive. whether you are a beginner or pro,and no matter what style of music you like, anyone can benefit from this tutorial!
Absolutely brilliant! As the track started out I was wondering, but the way that Nigel builds it up, adds vocals and tweaks away is extremely revealing, informative and entertaining. This is exactly the tutorial I was looking for as arranging is such a key skill and tricky to get across successfully. Highly recommended.
Excellent tutorial and instructor. I'm new to learning Logic and am not a drum and bass producer -- I'm more of a rock-folk/blues-jazzy type guitarist singer/songwriter. But I learned a lot! Just some of the organizing and workflow ideas were worth the price. It was also useful for me to get an in-depth overview of some of the potential of how Logic might impact my own songwriting and production in the future. Thanks, Nigel -- fantastic work! Highly recommended.
This is my fourth tutorial module with MacProVideo. I had been focusing mostly on Core Logic, Ultrabeat and Flex Time and I got this set in order to learn more about actual production. There are so many things I learned here from vocal stuttering to properly grouping and compressing drum sub-mixes. I appreciated how clean and methodical his arrangment was and how beautiful the finished product turned out. I'm going to have to watch these again to get all I can from these. Nigel, if you read these reviews, thanks for all of the insights. Money well spent.
Great tutorials with loads of techniques and inspiration. If you have seen Olav's videos then you will like the way Nigel operates. They are very similar in their style of teaching. My only recommendation for next time is to put a bit more emphasis on creating a unique drum part. Other than that, this video is fantastic!
This is a great tutorial. I think I have almost every Logic release prior to now and it is great to see someone put all these (and their own) learnings together in one tutorial. This is really helpful for inspiration - particularly when inspiration might be lacking. It is the relaxed commentary and self developed tips that really make this video enjoyable. Great work and hope to see more from Nigel Broad in future releases. Keep the tips coming!
I've heard some interesting things said about this tutorial on the forums and on other tutorials' reviews. Bottom line, this is a VERY CREATIVE idea for a tutorial and EXTREMELY USEFUL. I respect that Nigel had to dig deep to organize this tutorial and make it relevant. He did it! It's very creatively inspiring and gives you a lot of "tricks" for producing that I use all the time. Also, discusses how to use Stylus RMX. Great tut!!
This is pretty good video and training. Very useful and helped me to see what I can do and how I can use Logic. Thanks thanks thanks
This product deserves all of the stars shown above. I am new to logic and needed more in depth info than some of the other online training services provide. What a bargain at the special sale price last month. Thanks Mac Pro video.
Just wanted to say I thoroughly enjoyed these videos. Thank you for giving some insight into your process! You validated some thoughts & practices that I had and gave me new ways to look at the creative approach. Again, thank you to Nigel & the MPV team!
Very insightful video with all these techniques applying to every genre of electronic music.
Very Good Tutorial. If you want to see a pro at work in Logic, this is a must own. Nigel has a very effective "No fluff" procedure that is easy to follow. You will also learn how that "BIG SOUND" is produced. (in the mix). This is as good a mixing tutorial as it is a production tutorial. It's like two in one, and he makes it look easy. It's well worth the investment!
It's really really interesting to see Nigel going through all the steps of doing a track. Well explained, not too much details, just enough. A great way to validate that what I was doing on my second production was the good process! Thanks Nigel!
I can only agree with all the reviews so far. I especially liked the tempo and clear construction. I finished this great tutorial in one day...
I had been waiting for a tutorial like this for quiet some time. If you know your way around Logic comfortably but are interested in how exactly a pro would create a song (not just drum and bass) from start to finish inside Logic, then this tutorial is for you. Very concise and informative. Thanks Nigel and Macpro :)
Great tutorial! Nigel does this in a perfect way. Leaving out everything that everybody knows anyway and focusing on the really important stuff. His organizing and mixing tips and tricks are highly welcome and inspiring!
Good tutorial again.Wating for the rest to come.
Logically constructed tutorial which clearly explains the workflow. Nigel has a very easy to understand manner and regularly reveals "the tricks of the trade".
This tutorial was so helpful !! You can learn interfaces all day long but watching someone go through the process from idea to mix really takes you there. Nigel is particularly easy and enjoyable to listen to. I watched the whole thing straight through, followed his process and have a new piece almost finished. Yeah! I was able to apply it to my own music style easily and it's working like a charm. I know it was a lot of work but I hope Nigel will please consider making more of these. Many Thanks !
Nigel does a great Job instructing, very good teacher. He imparts a boat-load of really great tips and production wisdom. One of the best teachers, please have him back for additional projects on MacPro
Thanks Nigel and Macprovideo. This is the tutorial I've been looking for for some time now. In this tutorial Nigel goes over the mystic art of building an arrangement. I'm only half way through the course, and the inspiration is flying. I have never created an arrangement this fast and effectively before. Nigels approach to this makes things easy. I would recommend this Tutorial to everyone with Logic. Thanks Guys, If you ever do something similar with a different genre I'll buy that too.
Hi and hope you are well. I think this tutorial is brilliant and as detailed as I was looking for, especially the file management system. Everything so far is perfect and I am looking forward to the rest of the tutorial. I'd really like to see more on the drum processing side of things and I'm sure Nigel has this in the bag. His voice and tempo of explaining are perfect, he sounds so natural and this is definitely his forte. Thank you and I hope to see and hear more from Nigel. Sincerely, Gareth
Already making the 'd-n-b' attractive-great presentation.
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