Classic Trance Arrangement, Automation & Transitions Preview

Video Duration – 2 hour 50 mins

Struggle to arrange your tracks and tell a story?

Love the older Trance Sound but find your tracks always sounding more modern?

Not sure what to automate to keep the track interesting?

Wondering which way to go with your automation parameters for a specific result?

How To Make Classic Trance (Arrangement, Automation & Transitions)

Welcome to the 6th episode of the “How To Make A Classic Trance Track” series, where I will be creating a track in the style of a Classic Trance track without the use of hardware!

In this episode, ill be arranging the track, creating transitions and showing you the automation used to keep things interesting! The arrangement can be a struggle for some as they are unsure of what elements to bring in, and at what point.

You can go back and forth, adding in elements that either come in too soon, or you have areas of a track that sound too repetitive and become boring. This is when automation can be used to help the journey flow!

The arrangement is obviously very important in a Classic Trance track, tracks back then told a much longer story than the more modern-day Trance so you need to make sure that the arrangement is doing exactly that.

You need to grab the listener’s attention and take them on that journey!

In this tutorial, I am going to be showing you the next stage of the track, and that is getting the structure of the track mapped out and ready for a final mixdown. This allows you to see then if any more elements are needed for your track, or if any elements are not really needed and are just wasting space in your mix.

See below for a full description of what is covered.

The Classic Trance Arrangement, Automations & Transitions tutorial covers:


Tips for making the arrangement easier.

Laying out the full track ready for a final mixdown.

Understanding why each element is brought in when it is.

Testing different elements to get the best outcome.

Going through each transition.

Using automation to create builds & impacts.

Noticing automation issues in the mix and when to change them.

Using automation to keep the track interesting and help with the mix of your track.

Understanding how the elements before and after your transition can make a difference to the flow of your track.

The direction in which way you can automate for a desired effect (building/winding down)

What parameters you can automate to create more tension.

Deciding what to automate in relation to the elements of that section and what is coming up next.

Creating snare rolls along with the automation used to help create tension.

Getting a Classic Trance style arrangement.

Deciding which elements to use to tell a story and create tension.

Laying out your breakdown, build-ups, and drops.

A deep understanding of the thought process behind each change I make.

Filtering & ways to introduce elements.

+ More

Transfer techniques to any DAW

All techniques are easily transferred to any DAW.

Nothing Pre-planned

Nothing is pre-planned so you get to see the full process on what works, doesn’t and why!

Finish Tracks Faster

Start finishing tracks faster once you understand how to arrange them! No more random sections that are not pieced together!

Get out of the loop

Once you know how to start arranging you will be equipped to get out of the loop you are stuck in.

In-depth understanding

Get a deep understand of why a certain element is added when it is, and how it changes the mood of that section.

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 Logic Pro X, I use a different DAW. Can I still use this video?

Yes. Please don’t restrict yourself from the knowledge inside this tutorial due to having another DAW. All the techniques you will learn in these videos can be implemented into your own DAW.

What software synths or plugins are used in this video?

  • Logic Pro X

***Please note – Zebra2 is used in this episode but is NOT needed to learn from this tutorial. I simply use it to automate parameters that you can find on any of your own synths. Simply use the synths/plugins that you have in your own tracks to create the same desired effect.

Grab your copy now and start getting your tracks mapped out quickly!


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Based on 2 reviews
dave curtis

very in depth. good tip and tricks

Roberto Sarabia

Classic Trance - Arrangement, Automation & Transitions Tutorial (006)

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