Allan Morrow – Thinking Outside The Box – Episode 004 (Trance Plucks & Arps Special) Video Tutorial

  • Tired of producing Trance Plucks & Arps in the same way?
  • Tired of using the same FX chains on your sounds?
  • Stuck in a loop?
  • Can’t get creative?
  • Watching videos or other producers and thinking “Why did I never try that?”
  • Tired of using generic sounds?
  • Want to create sounds that no one else is?
  • Struggling to stand out amongst the crowd?

“to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective.”

Welcome to the “Thinking Outside The Box” Series! I have started this series to open up peoples minds on how to get creative with your sounds. Although predominantly aimed at Trance sounds, this series can open up the minds of anyone producing any style of genre. If you are picking samples from packs and just throwing them in your tracks why not get creative with them and create your own samples or manipulate them in a way that no one else will of done before?

In this episode, I am concentrating on Trance Plucks & Arps and opening my mind and getting creative. A lot of you have a creative side inside you; it just needs to be unlocked! How many times have you seen producers do something, and thought to yourself “Why did I never think of that?”

Watching this series should open your mind to new ways of manipulating sounds to make them your own while also discovering new effects chains and creative ways of standing out as a producer.

Allan Morrow – Thinking Outside The Box – Episode 004 (Trance Plucks & Arps Special)

Trance Plucks & Arps can really add the final touches to your tracks by filling them out and making them unique and exciting, especially when you can create some nice unique atmosphere & movement to them. In this video tutorial, I will be showing you how to get creative with them, and not just creating a simple layered pluck.

The video covers:

  •  Creating Trance Arps.
  •  Creating unique & obscure layers for your arps.
  •  Arp splitting & FX.
  •  Creating interesting atmospheres for your arps.
  •  Creating plucks & counter plucks.
  •  Adding unique FX chains.
  •  Pluck re-sampling.
  •  Adding harmonising background plucks.
  •  Auditioning multiple arps to see what works together.
  •  Position plucks in the mix.
  •  Weird and wonderful ways of working with plucks & arps!

Video Duration:

1 Hour 43 Minutes

Your Tutor

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

I don’t use Logic Pro X I use a different DAW. Can I still use this video?

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

What software synths or plugins are used in this video?

  • Logic Pro X plugins
  • LFO tool
  • Sylenth1
  • Spire

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


For more tutorials check them out here

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Jordan Powers
Major Thumbs Up

This tutorial really helped me get more creative with my plucks and fill my riffs much easier!

James Pound

This guy is a plucking magician. So much great content! It really does exactly what it says on the tin. A completely new way of approaching plucks, new ways to get the creative juices flowing using synths. 5 Stars all the way, would definitely recommend!! Cheers Allan

Michael Bennett
Arps special

I’ve been struggling with arp progression for ages but this tutorial has really helped! In typical fashion Allan explains in detail how to get round around frustration! Very good tutorial!!

James M.

This guy never ceases to amaze with his outstanding knowledge and commitment in showing us the ways of music production. Long may it continue.

Thanks James :)

Garry W.
A fantastic tutorial

Allan delivers once again on another fantastic tutorial. His videos are always clear, concise and easy to follow. The part I really took away was how to use Logic Pro's flexpitch feature to be able to take the midi notes from a synth's arpeggiator's sequence and then export as midi and change them as you see fit. So happy that i bought this.

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