ONLINE MUSIC TUTORIALS

I have been making music professionally for about 25 years and I’ve been involved in many music projects of all types although mostly working with electronic music. I’ve worked as a tutor, engineer and collaborator with many DJs and musicians, working either as a tutor of a group lesson, or 1 on 1 sessions in the studio. Some of the producers I have taught have gone on to write amazing music for some of the world’s best independent techno labels.

ONLINE MUSIC TUTORIALS

We can work either from a new project, or we can work on something that you’ve started and need help or direction with. We can work on any style of music it doesn’t have to be techno. We can concentrate on software and work “in the box” or we can get onto some hardware and recording. I have set up the studio to be able to deal with most possible situations.

HIGH QUALITY AUDIO

I use an app by Audiomovers called ListenTo. It enables us to share a high quality audio stream through the browser, bypassing Zoom so we can really get into the details. I can transmit audio to you or the other way around using the Listento plug in which I can share and you run from within Ableton Live.

Online Music Production Tutorials

Price:£75 – 2 hours

Sessions can be block booked, or booked as we go, payment is either by direct bank transfer (UK) or PayPal.

 

Sessions are Tues – Friday only

Afternoons 4 – 6pm (UK GMT)

Evenings 7 – 9pm (UK GMT)

 

Enquire

Click below to open up the calendar, free sessions are marked in green, you can email me directly from the calendar, or drop me a message in the form above or do it through Google. I don’t book up very far in advance, I like to keep my schedule flexible. Block booking is possible fora maximum of 4 sessions. Let me know what you’d like to do and I’ll do my best to accommodate you.

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Nothing from June 18, 2024 to July 16, 2024.

The Sessions

We can work either from a new project, or we can work on something that you’ve started and need help or direction with. We can work on any style of music it doesn’t have to be techno. I’ve made a lot of different styles over the years including Drum & Bass, Hip Hop, Breaks, Rock, Reggae, Ska and of course house and techno. I may not be an expert in every style, but there are many parallels in the production techniques that will help with all styles of music. We can concentrate on software and work “in the box” or we can get onto some hardware and recording. I have set up the studio to be able to deal with most possible situations.

Quite often people get into trouble with simply finishing their music or arranging it into a final track, either because they lack the technique to take the track forward or just hit a bit of a creative wall in some way. So far I’ve helped quite a few people out and it’s gone very well.

If you want to send me files please use WeTransfer or Dropbox. Please make sure that you have bounced any 3rd party plugins to audio, or frozen the necessary tracks and that you have have included all the necessary audio files. Use the “Collect All and Save” menu in Live and the “Save As” and consolidate project functions in Logic and make sure you have ticked the relevant boxes for audio to be included. I’ll open the project on my computer, share my screen and we can go through it.

It is also possible for you to share your screen with me and send me audio using the Audiomovers plug in. We can work out which is best once we get started.

What You Will Need:

  • High-speed internet, preferably on a cable connection, or if not possible, good Wifi 2G at least.
  • The latest version of Zoom software installed on a laptop/computer ( Mac or PC not IOS I’m afraid, ipads don’t enable you to use multiple programs at once ) with a mic & webcam, the mic does not need to be high quality but sometimes a decent USB mic is worth picking up and will always be better than a laptop mic.
  • Live 10.1 or Live 11 or Logic X 10.5
  • Headphones. I use Beyerdynamic DT770, they work really well, comfort is really important. Studio monitors will cause echo through Zoom so headphones are a must.

This will give us all we need for a basic session. It may need a bit more setup depending on your studio, get in touch and we can always work something out. Please test Zoom and settings before your session, and turn on the advanced audio mode for stereo and high quality audio.

 

Ableton Live 11, Logic X 10.7

I’m a Beta tester and Crashologist for Ableton Live, I also beta test plugins for Arturia, Plug-In Alliance & Roland. My main DAW is Ableton Live and I spent many years using Logic Audio and now Logic X. I have lots of experience with those DAWs. For any other DAW such as ProTools, Fruity Loops, Reason, Cubase, Bitwig, Luna, Studio One, Reaper etc. I’m really not an expert and I can’t offer to teach those programs as such, but some of the techniques can be used cross platform and I can sometimes get access to demo verions.

Studio Design & Debugging

I have built and rebuilt my own studio several times over the years in different locations and always on a tight budget, I’ve picked up a lot of useful tips and tricks along the way. A studio is never finished! There are always issues that appear and I can help clarify what your next step needs to be if you are thinking of changing things around or building your own studio. Studios need to sound good of course, but there are always logistics to plan and they need to be comfortable if you are going to spend much of your time in there, I can help set a design plan into action to help you get the best out of your gear.

Writing & Arranging

The bottom line is always to get something finished. So why is it so hard to finish a track? It can be all sorts of things, monitoring, bad habits, lack of inspiration, there are so many reasons why we don’t finish projects. I am here to share some workflow advice and methods I use to get results quickly and hopefully some tricks that get the creative juices flowing.

Drum Programming & Synth Programming

Drums are at the heart of dance music, we can learn how to create great sounding beats using samples & sample packs with your DAW as well as creating more unique sounds and how to add groove and feel to spice up your drum patterns. I am a Grade 7 trained drummer as well as a programmer so I can really help with drum production and instrument choices.

Hardware & Software

Years of playing live electronically, using various well known bits of hardware has given me a lot of experience knowledge to share. From writing great synth patches to creating great sounding drums. it is not always easy to share hardware projects online but my studio is set up to do it seamlessly. I often teach people how to use their hardware and combine it with software to get the best out of their music.

Working remotely with Zoom

You’ll need to set up a free zoom account, download the software and I’ll invite you to a meeting at the start of the session.

With a little bit of rewiring I’ve managed to set my studio up so I can demonstrate how to use hardware and software and you can hear the results in good quality real-time audio ( internet permitting ), you can ask me questions and I can show you how I would approach the answer. Generally sessions work best if you have an existing project in Ableton Live or Logic X that you can share with me, I can open it and share the screen and we can go over ideas and techniques together.

ListenTo for Audio Streaming:

I will send HD audio at 192kbps (and higher) using the ListenTo app by Audiomovers . Using this I can send you the master output of the Mixer and you listen via a link in your browser, we continue to use Zoom for the video and chat. It takes a couple of small tweaks at each end to get this working, but it is worth it, we can go over that during the session. it normally only takes about 5-10 mins to set up first time round.

Recordings: 

Zoom allows users to record their sessions, I am happy to allow people to do this, however we do have an agreement that it will not be used online or shared in any way. These are private sessions they are aimed to be helpful and educational and fun, but also private and exclusive to you. When using ListenTo it is not possible to record the audio from the DAW as this is outside of the Zoom framework, so I normally suggest using a screen capture instead. MacOS has screen capture built in. For Windows there are other solutions. If you cannot do this yourself I can use screen capture at my end.

Punishment Farm Kit List

In the early 2000’s I shrunk down the gear to the basic essentials, but over years I’ve started to buy stuff back. I used to be the proud owner a of an original Roland 909 plus rare old Korg Synths and a Sequential Circuits Pro 1, but a lot of these got sold off to gather funds for new computer software and digital kit, which in hindsight wasn’t a great idea. Currently we are committed to buying more new synthesizers, because hardware is just so fun to use and sounds great and modern hardware is the best of both worlds. The next one will probably be something modular, anyway the kit list is not too shabby.

 

  • Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max 32GB Ram MacOs Ventura
  • Macbook Pro 2.66GHz OSX10.14
  • Ableton Live 10 & 11 Suite
  • Ableton Push2
  • Arturia Collection 9
  • Logic Pro X 10.7 +
  • UAD Arrow Interface
  • Adams P33 Monitors
  • Adam A7x Monitors
  • Nord Modular Synth V1
  • Roland TB 303 x2
  • Roland TB03 Boutique
  • Roland TR8s
  • Roland R8
  • Roland SH101 Synth
  • Roland JP08 Boutique Synth
  • Moog Sub 37
  • Sequential Circuits Pro One
  • Korg SQ1 Sequencer
  • Behringer Neutron
  • Behringer Crave
  • Behringer RD9
  • Access Virus C
  • Korg Prophecy
  • Korg Digital Piano
  • EMU Vintage Keys
  • Ensoniq SQR
  • Yamaha TX81z
  • Rode USB Mic
  • Drum Mics AKG C414, D110, SM57 & 58s
  • Sonar 5 Piece Drum Kit with Zildjan Sabian & Soultone Cymbals
  • Zoom Electronic Drum Kit
  • Assorted Guitars
  • 2 x Kenton Midi to CV & Gate Converter
  • Doepffer Midi Synch box.
  • Tascam DA20 D.A.T.
  • APC 40 MK2
  • Behringer X32 Digital Mixer
  • S-Cat Dubsta Analogue Delay
  • S-Cat Double Trouble Distortion
  • Various Outboad FX (Lexicon, Drawmer, Akai, Boss)
  • 2 X Technics 1210s
  • 2 X Pioner CDJ900 Nexus
  • Pioneer 850 DJM

PLUGS INS AU & VST

  • Arturia Complete Collection 9
  • Arturia FX
  • Arturia Compressors
  • Ozone Advanced 10
  • Fabfilter Mastering Bundle
  • Plug In Alliance Full Bundle
  • UAD Legacy Free & API 2500 Buss Comp
  • Cableguys Shaper Box
  • D16 All except Phosycon2
  • Devious Machines – Infiltrator
  • Korg Gadget AU
  • Lexicon Bundle
  • Kickstart 1&2
  • Sonic Academy Kick 2
  • Polyverse Wider
  • Soundtoys Complete
  • Surge Synth
  • Synapse Dune 3
  • TAL Bassline (101)
  • Access Virus VST (freeware)
  • ToneBoosters Complete
  • U-HE – Repro, Zebra, Ttriple Cheese
  • Valhalla Vintage Verb & Free
  • Vital Synth
  • Wavesfactory – Trackspacer
  • Wavosaur  – Rave Generator
  • Xenakios – Paul Stretch
  • Xfer – Serum, LFO tool

Testimonials

“Henry is a dream-come-true teacher and guide for learning all you need to know (besides your personal imagination) to produce Techno and other kinds of electronic music. He is patient, thorough and extremely friendly and is never unwilling or unable to answer a question. His knowledge is highly extensive yet he always manages to communicate the core ideas necessary to gain a proper understanding of a subject within the realm of electronic music production and composition and make it simple to understand, with the added bonus of anecdotes, humour and many other gems from his 25+ years of experience doing what he does. He is also very generous and does not “guard the secrets”, which makes for a highly accessible and enjoyable experience being his student. We started our tutorials knowing nothing at all about how to make music with Ableton, but after a few months we are now using Ableton for almost everything! As committed Techno freaks, it feels deeply special to get to have these lessons with the person who is responsible for (in our opinion) some of the best the genre has to offer. Also, as people with autism, we found Henry’s teaching style very approachable and effective, therefore others with learning difficulties who might be intimidated should know that you have nothing to fear here. Higher recommendations could not be declared!!”

Gretchen Aury

Producer, Live Artist

“I have been doing Ableton lessons with Henry since March 2021 after finding them on the Hydraulix Records website. Henry has been an excellent teacher – he is extremely knowledgeable and very patient so I never feel like I can’t ask a question or get him to go over something more than once (and believe me we have gone over some things many times!). I have learned so much in the time I’ve been doing the lessons that I have now started releasing music with visible results and requests from various different labels asking for tracks from me. Henry is extremely generous with his skill and experience so I feel that he genuinely wants me to learn and succeed. I always really enjoy each session and am constantly learning new things to add to my production arsenal “

Deborah Grattan

Producer, DJ