When these two legendary house producers came together for the track Hipcats for Armada Music, the groovy, soulful sound smashed charts on all the DJ download stores and has become a mainstay in most DJs record box.
In this one-of-a-kind course for Armada University, they will explain the process of making the track, from initial ideas, to beginning the collaboration. Then watch as they make a brand new remix of the Hipcats track, and show you the tips and tricks that make their production and collaborative process so unique. Watch this course and learn from two of the most experienced and enduring house music producers in the industry.
1. Initial Hipcats demo
ATFC explains the first incarnation of the idea for Hipcats. See the early first project and learn how to tell the direction of a track from the start.
2. Developing the idea
After ATFC brings David Penn in for the collaboration, David explains his more musical process
3. Vocal and rhythm changes
Take a look inside the final project of Hipcats, hear the raw original vocal acapella sample and learn how the final chops and edits were created in Logic Pro
4. Arrangement and final edits
The arrangement of Hipcats is what makes it work on the dancefloor. Every. Single. Time. So, watch and learn those arrangement details and final edits that take a track to the next level.
5. Starting the remix
Now you know how Hipcats was made, watch exclusively, as for the first time David Penn and ATFC create a brand new remix on camera, explaining the production process along the way.
See how a simple rhythm can be layered and tweaked to create a perfect percussive bassline.
7. Vocal sample
Reworking the original vocal slices, use Logic’s create sampler track option to present random slices that can be reworked into a new groove and processed.
8. Percussion, swing and stabs
Learn how ATFC uses his favorite swing settings from F9 audio [Available as a free download] imported into logic. Learn how to get great percussion using Stylus RMX and make loops your own.
9. Overview and kick processing
Many elements are in the remix project, it’s time to start figuring out the full direction and start some more deeper processing, starting with tweaking the kick and a tip for making the kick drum pop out.
10. Piano processing
Getting the right piano sound is crucial and the duo have a few tips with processing and tape delays to make the pianos work on this remix.
11. Synths and strings
Continue to work all the elements and check if all parts are required and work together. Arrange the synth and string parts and process and mix.
12. Extra drums
Learn how to stack and EQ loops to thicken a drum sound and learn David Penn’s secret technique for re-pitching loops using a vocal transformer.
Back to making a fresh arrangement in the new style for this driving, groovy remix of Hipcats. Learn when to bring elements in and out, and start to colour tracks for easy reference. Watch as they explain filter, reverb and transition techniques to keep the arrangement moving.
14. Arrangement part 2
It’s time to dig into the automation techniques that a great house arrangement needs. Learn great ways to add tripped out effects to basic vocal chops. See the must-have plugins that AFTC and David Penn reach for to give them their signature sound.
15. Arrangement part 3
More details are added such as fills, pauses and more. Learn the simple but effective moments you can implement in your own arrangements.
David Penn adds his signature piano trills to the arrangement, helping add musicality to the groove. Watch the collaborative process in full swing as ATFC and David Penn work together to record new stabs, chords and piano parts.
It’s time to learn how to craft a great breakdown. Add a nice synth drone on the drop to add energy and power.
18. Final arrangement changes
Explaining the extra level of detail that goes into an arrangement, learn how David Penn and ATFC check every element is necessary to hitting home the idea. Watch as they pass on their huge amount of experience in the DJ booth to create a track that will work in the club.
19. Creating a pre-master
Understand how to process your master to get it ready to test out in a club and have it match full-master level tracks in your set. See their preferred tools for compression, limiting and EQ at the master stage.