If you want to master the techniques that make trance sound like trance then you need to know how to use filters. As we’ll see in future tutorials, filters are the primary means of adding dynamic energy levels to a track. They help set the mood from one part of the track to the next. For example, many “build ups” are implemented using filters. Another example is that swept noise effect… the “swoosh” sound or making a lead sound change from dull to bright.
To get you off to a good start I’ve created a series of tutorials that demonstrate how to use the various types of filters commonly used today. You can download the samples used in each tutorial. Since I’m using the Access Virus TI Polar as my instrument of choice, I’ve also recently added a tutorial on the special Analog modes that the virus supports.
Here are the links to the tutorials:
As always, if there’s something specific you’d like to learn please leave a comment.