Week three of our weekly production challenge is a wrap!
We host weekly production challenges on our Discord server to help producers break out of creative ruts and find inspiration in the studio! (Oh, and you can win free packs as well!)
For week three, we asked all of our challengers to create a buildup and drop using a MIDI chord progression from our Inspiration MIDI Collection.
Here’s the MIDI clip from Inspiration that our competitors started with, though they were free to modify and transform the clip as needed as well as use other samples and presets in their entries as well.
Our competitors were given two days to create their entries, and the results from everyone were amazing!
Ultimately, it would be Dronez who would snag this week’s title and prize!
Following in the footsteps of our previous winners, Dronez agreed to share his process with our community so that others can learn from his approach!
Here’s Dronez winning entry, continue reading below to hear how he went about creating it!
Hey! First of all, thanks for having me! This challenge was such a fun experience.
For this track, I started with a simple piano playing the chord progression from the MIDI file.
After 9 bars, I added some old school keys and subtle risers.
For the next section, I had two genres in mind: Future Garage and Future Bass! I decided to mix them because… Why not?
The beat consists of multiple layers of carefully chosen percussions and a repetitive rhythm. Each layer is very simple when heard individually, but after mixing them together the result is surprisingly beautiful.
The future bass chords are a single Serum patch; wide supersaws with a lowpass filter (controlled by a macro) & short reverb, and that’s about it.
Finally, I added the sub and some background elements such as the atmospheric piano and the arpeggio.
Fun fact: I made the whole track with my laptop speakers! I only used headphones at the end, just to add the sub and polish the mix.
Here’s the end result!
I hope this was helpful, and thanks again to Black Lotus Audio for having me!
Thank you Dronez for providing this write up!
We hope that these write ups are helping you see that creating music doesn’t need to be a super complicated process or exact science. With just a few key elements you can create tracks that impress your listeners!
If you’re looking to generate new ideas, find inspiration in the studio, and learn right alongside other producers, join in our weekly challenges!
The challenges are open to producers of all skill levels and genres and are focused on helping producers hone their craft in a safe and constructive environment!
Thanks for reading, and thanks again to Dronez for the write up!
-Team Black Lotus Audio