Layering Gated and Low-End Synth Pads for Bigger Trance Music


This week we are talking about designing amazing Trance style synth pads to help elevate your music to another level of professional production quality and create more interest for your fans.



[aside title=”Nicely Done!“] Knowing what you want out of each synth layer is essential to keeping things moving forward when designing your own layered instruments![/aside]
As we build up to the exclusive tutorials this week, I wanted to share a few really great lessons put together by some folks who really know what they are doing and back it up with amazing amounts of knowledge and insights shared freely in the hopes of helping more independent producers and musicians get the start and continue to get better over time. This particular video is actually two parts made by Dave from, and if this is your first exposure to him, you’re in for a good. You may need to hit pause several times, and maybe even replay the entire video a couple of times to get all the information laid out for you.

He does a great job of not just walking you through the steps of designing a truly professional Trance pad, but educating you about the individual tools used, the mechanics behind them and how they interact with the other parameters and components that come into play throughout the process. And If you do not use Reason, do not worry because this lesson is absolutely applicable to all synths and DAWs out there. The results showcased are easily replicated in any program.

These videos are part of a larger week-long series, which means that if you enjoy the tutorials and have some the time to spare, you can continue watching the rest of the week-long series on Trance music production with Reason on his YouTube page. It’s full of priceless knowledge, both in regards to sounds design and song production, but also to workflows. Achieving a deep understanding of how your tools work will better help you evolve as a professional musicians and producer as well as allow you to stay focused on making music, rather than how to operate the complex software programs that are here to make it all possible.

If you have questions about this tutorial, or about making pads in general, join the ongoing conversation on our Facebook community page and write a quick post. And don’t forget to Like and Share the page with your friends and help us continue to grow faster than any other Trance production community in the world! Thanks for stopping by!