Classic Trance Melody & Breakdown Tutorial

Video Duration – 2 hours 45 mins

Want to learn how to create a Classic Trance style Melody & Breakdown?

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

Want to see how to create a Classic Trance melody from scratch?

Want to see how to design a Classic Trance lead sound from scratch?

Struggle with building tension in your breakdowns?

How To Make A Classic Trance Melody & Breakdown


Welcome to the third 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 creating the melody and breakdown for the track from scratch!

First, I will make an inspiring Trance leads sound from scratch so you can see the sound design of how a classic style Trance lead is created. Then I will create all the musical elements for the breakdown, such as the melody, progression, pads and bass effect.

After this, I will start to map out the elements and refine the sound through careful sound design and automation to help build the breakdown and tension.

I will then take some time mixing down the break to make sure it all sits nicely in the mix, explaining everything I am doing and why along the way.

See below for a full description of what is covered.

The Classic Trance Melody & Breakdown tutorial covers:


Creating the Trance lead from scratch.

Creating the musical elements such as Melody, Pads, Bass Effect & Sub Pad from scratch.

Going over melody/riff writing and progressions.

 Creating harmonising pads.

Sound selection and layering.

Creating bass effect from scratch.

 Explaining the sound design and what each bit of the chain is doing (Oscillators, Filters, Chorus, Distortion, Modulation & More).

Adding warmth and character to your leads for a more analog sound.

 Mixing,EQ, Levelling, Effects, Automation, Saturation, Stereo Field Positioning.

Adding movement to your pads.

Laying your breakdown out and introducing elements.

 Utilising the bass from intro in your breakdown.

 Tricks to add a more organic analog feel.

My full thought process behind everything I’m doing and why.

Tweaking your sounds for a nice clean build.

+ Much 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!

Learn to write melodies and pads

See exactly how I write a melody & breakdown for a Classic Trance style track.

Save time

Knowledge is power. The more you learn, the quicker your tracks will come together.

In-depth understanding

Get a deep understanding of the thought process behind each sound created in detail.

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 & Stock Plugins
  • Zebra 2 (This can be replaced with a synth of your choice)
  • Izotope Vinyl (Free Plugin)

***Please note – You can use any synth/plugins or DAW of your choice to follow along with this tutorial.  

Grab your copy now and start creating a Classic Trance breakdown!


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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Robert-Polzn Bladz
Classic trance melody

It's nice to see a main lead sound made from one oscillator and for it to sound strong. Learned also how to create more movement in the lead using a second filter which I have already implemented in my latest track. It's always beneficial to learn new ideas and tricks to pull out more of an existing sound. Very easy to understand and implement to

James Pound
Expectations Exceeded

Big Fan of AM Studios Tutorials, especially these start 2 finish courses (which it is fast looking like this will be). Classic trance is very highly debated topic, can it still be appreciated? Would it do well in a modern trance world, on top of that there seems to be such a wide sound range that is considered "the golden era" of trance. 1st thing I did prior to buying was listen to audio sample on the product page, this definitely got my creative mind excited. Sounded like the old P.U.S.H style melody, simple but effective! Upon purchasing the tutorial I was surprised to find that this had 3 videos, usually it is just 1, interesting! The 3 videos consist of 1 short preface to the lesson, a run down of what to expect and why. The 2nd is the main event. A 2hr 45 min masterclass in writing a melody, creating pads, loads of sound design, Zebra 2 used but I have been able to mimic all techniques in both ANA2 and Sylenth1 so no really issues following along and achieving my version of the sounds used, and putting my own mark on them. The building of the breakdown and build, using percussion, midbass, risers and crashes etc. And then a 3rd video showing the after thoughts, any final tweaks that have been made after the filming of the main video, to ensure that the series flows with no stone unturned. The level of detail and amount of time and thought that has gone into making this something special is clear. Absolute 5 star tutorial. From newbies (like me) to those that have been at it a while I would recommend this! So jam packed with information! Pure class, and i'd go as far as saying levelled up massively from the previous series. Something special indeed. My girlfriend misses me hahaha. Cheers Allan

Grant Cole

Another really awesome tutorial. Love the classics and this tutorial really hits the mark with achieving that classic trance sound.

James Hawkins
Love this tutorial

Very in depth tutorial about classic Trance melody and breakdown and allan shows you how to make a classic melody and explains what's he's doing and why!

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