Kyle Trewartha, aka Singularity leads an interactive workshop in electronic music production techniques with Ableton Live. Using his own tracks as examples, Kyle dissects his production style and offers essential production tips through demonstrations of signal routing, automation, sound design, arranging, MIDI implementation as well as building a sonic brand.
Kyle kicks off the presentation by stressing the importance of establishing a really strong sounding drum kit to lay the foundation for a track. Using his remix of ‘Demons’ as an example, he demonstrates how he chooses, tunes, EQ’s and layers his kick and snare sounds to get a tight, punchy sonic character.
Next, he breaks down his synth pad sound using a simple Massive setting and shows how to use layering and offset to create a rich, yet clean sound suitable for complex chords. He also illustrates how to use Razor for creative sound design techniques, using Autofilter and LFO tool to create movement, and how to use an extensive effects chain on simple presets to create huge sounds. Finally, Kyle talks about his approach to arranging and chord voicing and how contrasting tense and relaxed song sections can create an effective energetic impact.
Kyle dissects his vocal processing and compression techniques and advises not to worry about ‘breaking the rules’, but to simply use what sounds good. He looks at detuning layers of a Massive lead sound to fatten and add impact.
Next, he looks at using creative percussion articulations and rhythmic motifs in drum programming to add tension and deviate from the 4/4 norm, and to switch up snare sounds in different sections to add contrast. He offers his take on when clipping is bad, why you should take risks and be original, using odd time signatures, creating unusual arrangements arcs.
In this part, Kyle shows his general production approach to his ‘Toxic’ remix and how he processed the vocal parts. He talks about networking with Vocalists and other artists, and why limiting your toolset can help you keep productive as an artist. He also discusses his creative workflow and how to stay inspired.
Finally, he runs through production techniques in ‘Stacy’s Mom’, talks about his approach to performing live and wraps up with a final Q&A with the audience.