Ableton Live – Trance Plucks (Intro, Tension, Call & Response) Tutorial [005]


  • Not sure how to create pro-sounding intro plucks for your Trance tracks?
  • Do you not know what notes will work well with your Trance plucks?
  • Are you wanting to have intro plucks that work cohesively across your track?
  • Do you want to know how to make simple plucks interesting?
  • Are you feeling frustrated that your plucks are not sitting properly in your mix?
  • Do you feel stuck when it comes to creating plucks that harmonise with your track?


Trance Plucks


Ableton Live – Trance Pluck Tutorial  [005]

Welcome to the next episode in the Ableton Live series where ill be making a Trance track from scratch!

In this episode, ill be going over the intro Trance plucks, Tension plucks, Call & Response & more!

Intro plucks are a great way to keep your intros from sounding repetitive and stagnant. They create tension, movement and uniqueness to your track, and can be used to help build the track.

In this tutorial, I’m going to be going over every element and the reasoning behind all of my decisions, so that you have a full understanding of what I am doing and why.

I’ll also be showing you some great tips for speeding up your workflow and showing you how to sit your sounds nicely in the mix!

“Creating call and response plucks will keep your intros interesting while creating emotion and harmony.”


Trance Plucks


The Trance Plucks Tutorial covers:

  • Creating your main drive pluck.
  • Call & response plucks for a unique sound.
  • Tension Plucks.
  • Creating unique sounding intro plucks.
  • Testing & Audition plucks to see what works.
  • Tips and Tricks for faster workflow.
  • Creating movement with delays & other effects.
  • Understanding what sounds will work & why.
  • Getting a groove that fits the rest of your track.
  • Mixing, Fine-tuning, EQing and levelling.
  • Getting your plucks to work together.
  • Adding contrast with your plucks to create depth.
  • + much more!


Trance Plucks


What makes AM Studios tutorials different from the rest? 

There is no set way to produce music, and you are always going to come up against issues and creative blocks. In these tutorials, there are no pre-planned sounds, and everything is done in real-time so that you get to see any problems that come up and how to overcome them.

This is a much better way to learn than watching sounds that already fit, fall right in to place. We all know that is not how producing music works in the real world! Watching in real-time will equip you with the skills and understanding of how to overcome any particular issues that arise. It will show you different ways to tackle it so you don’t quit and instead come out of the studio with completed projects.


Video Duration:

120 Minutes


Your Tutor

Allan Morrow – International Trance DJ/Producer. Tracks signed to labels such as Armada, Blackhole Recordings, Discover Records, FSOE, Kearnage Recordings, Mental Asylum Records, Pure Trance, Outburst Records & Many more!


I don’t use Ableton Live I use a different DAW. Can I still use this video?

Yes, all the technique you will learn in these videos can be implemented into your own DAW using your own unique DAWs plugins.


What software synths or plugins are used in this video?

  • Ableton Live 10 Suite plugins.
  • Sylenth1
  • LFO Tool
  • Voxengo Span (FREE Plugin)

***Please note the above plugins or DAW are not essential as you can use any of your preferred plugins or samples to re-create your own unique sounds.

Get inspired with the Trance Pluck MIDI & Trance Plucks for Sylenth1

Check out the other videos in the Ableton series HERE

Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews
This has progressed me

I have the whole set from this, so far I've completed this video, and I now have plucks that sound like how trance would sound, I recognise the sound from actual trance cds, I was actually going woah I've done this and was amazed thinking so this is how they do it, and I'm still pretty much a beginner at producing it but your courses are really helping me on my way

bradley Doidge
Top Tutorials

The tutorials are always clear and provide the knowledge that can really help you along with your productions. As someone who now teaches Electronic Music Production I can 100% say that these videos are some of the best around. I find myself with my own production sometimes just needing to hear how someone else does something can remove that production creativity block that you sometimes get. Thank you Allan for Taking the time to make Awsome Content

Samuel Wilson

Really enjoying this pack, giving me a great insight to parts of production that I was struggling with, only real issue I’ve been having is one of the videos not downloading properly and now I can’t download it at all so if there was a way I could get that. It would be great. Overall I would recommend to any upcoming producer

Hi Samuel, Thanks for the review! If you could please let me know your order number in which you cant download I can get this fixed up for you straight away. Always just contact me if any issues and I'll get it sorted. Thanks



Ableton Live - Trance Plucks (Intro, Tension, Call & Response) Tutorial [005]

Carlos Augusto Marques do Nascimento
Really good tutorial

I really liked this tutorial, so much useful information, I really appreciate the tips about writing pluck lines and so on. I just would like to suggest that the tutorials have subtitle for us that dont have english as native language. I miss some points in the tutorial because the language barrier. Even a tool like youtubes automatic translator would help a lot. But anyway, I learned so much from it. Keep up the great work!

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