It's beautiful, uplifting and inspiring.
It's the sort of music that can whisk you away and take you on a journey to the clouds, all while you're moving around a dancefloor or lying on your bed.
It's magical, right?
Plus, there's the Trance community.
Spending unforgiveable moments hand in hand with strangers on the dancefloor, making new friends or just singing out your soul!
And so, while you were being worked over by the mysterious thing we know as Trance music...
But… if you're like most people who dream of making music (not just Trance), you might not have done anything about it.
Because hey, it's impossible to know where to start.
Sure, there's lots of free tutorials on Youtube… but which ones are good? What order should you watch them in? And how do you avoid developing bad habits from bad and unqualified producers?
It's a nightmare, really. Especially if you prefer to follow a system or course like I do.
That's why I decided to create the Music Production Masterclass for Beginners Who Want To Make Trance.
Instead of wasting time on YouTube, or messing around with random tutorial websites, now you can can learn about how to make your own Trance music from me, a world-renowned Trance producer.
I've played all over the world, and have worked with esteemed and epic Trance brands including A State Of Trance, Armada, Ministry Of Sound, ID&T, Mayday, Nature One and more.
Thanks to all this experience, I know exactly what it takes to get started in Trance, and I'm here to show you the way.
Life is getting busier every day it seems, right? I hate running late for appointments, but sometimes it's just inevitable! I love it on the other hand when I can decide on when to do what. One of the reasons I became fully self-employed! If you are like me, you will be happy to hear that the video lessons are available 24/7, so you don't have to show up at a specific time. And with each lesson there will be an accompanying PDF included that you can print out and write notes on. Depending on which plan you choose, you will receive the Reaper project files of the sessions as well, so that you can play around with them yourself and tweak things here and there.
It's not a problem if you already work with a specific DAW. I do get asked very often which DAW is the best. Honestly? All of them are good! So whichever DAW works for you, is right... for you! Luckily in this course I teach you about universal techniques that can be applied to any DAW or sequencer.And if you didn't decide on a DAW yet, you can give Reaper a try. You can download a free, fully functional 60-day evaluation version. No registration or personal details are required. And after 60 days a Reaper license for private use only costs $60. All my lessons are done in Reaper.
I really hate wasting money for unnecessary things. Who doesn't? This is why I designed this course in a specific way. You can complete it without spending any additional money on software or plugins, unlike with so many other courses! There is Freeware on the market that does the job almost as good as their expensive commercial equivalents.
* NI Massive is recommended for this course. The price on the Native Instruments website is 149 €.
Working with the right sounds and samples is extremely important. If you start with high quality resources from the beginning, you will be miles ahead of the competition.
For this reason I have included my powerful Massive Soundset that features 50 top-notch sounds specifically made for Trance music. You will get:
Additionally you will receive my Dennis Sheperd sample package with 100 high quality samples. These samples have ALL been used in my own productions that have been played by almost all A-list DJ's in festivals all around the world. The package includes:
I strongly believe that connecting with other musicians and people in general will bring you much further! Exchanging ideas, giving each other feedback, brainstorming and helping each other will help you progress in a quicker and better way, without a doubt! That's why I created my secret Dennis Sheperd Masterclass Group. During my course you will learn a bit more about the importance of connecting with other people in order to grow as a producer and artist. I will also be available to give occasional feedback and my input in general!
What is this course all about? How did I start? How can you benefit from my years of experience? Let me tell you what I did right and wrong in the beginning.
If you are going to use Reaper as a sequencer as part of this course, here's how you set it up quickly and easily! I am giving you a configuration file that will basically set up Reaper with a few clicks!
Get to know the most important parts of a DAW in an accessible and uncomplicated way, so that you can quickly get to the point which is... making music!
Discover how to compose melodies so you know exactly how to catch people's attention and take them on a journey.
Get the lowdown on how to make pumping, agressive and driving beats that will keep people on the dancefloor moving.
Learn about creating unique sounds that make your production stand out from the rest and which will ultimately give the listeners a whole different experience.
Let's get to the essence and understand how to create the right athmospheric arc for Trance music to build that kind of tension that will tear the dancefloor apart!
Find out what is important to give your production that crisp and clear sound, so that listeners and DJ's can enjoy it to the fullest!
Simple but straightforward tips that will make your life easier on how to build your home studio in terms of software, hardware & acoustics.
So you have produced a masterpiece but what now? The world needs to hear it and with my tips and tricks, it will certainly do!
My name is Dennis Sheperd and I'm an international DJ and music producer with over 10 years of experience!
I have produced several hit-records such as "Dennis Sheperd & Cold Blue feat. Ana Criado - Fallen Angel (Dennis Sheperd Club Mix)" or "Atrocite feat. Mque - Only You", that have been played all around the world.
Also, I have played in all 5 continents and I have worked with brands such as Insomniac, Ministry Of Sound, ID&T, A State Of Trance, Mayday, Nature One and more, so I know exactly what it takes to produce records that will keep the crowd moving.
Dennis Sheperd is an absolutely fantastic producer! I had the opportunity of working with him and I learned a lot, got inspired for my future tracks and I am grateful for that!.
Very professional and knowledgeable. Dennis is a strong communicator and I would recommend him for anyone looking for some assistance.
By far the best money I have ever spent!! Thanks so much Dennis. I have never been able to find anyone who can provide feedback like this.
When does the course start?
The course starts on 22nd of August 2017.
How long will the course go?
That absolutely depends on your time and motivation! The overall duration of all 10 sessions is around 6 hours, but you may want to recreate certain things and try things on your own while watching which will increase the time you will invest into this.
What format are the videos? How do I watch them?
The videos will be available to watch in the login area of your online course as an embedded streaming video.
Is this course DAW specific?
No, you can use the DAW of your choice. If you are an absolute beginner, I would recommend to start with Reaper though. The DAW used in the video lessons will be Reaper and all the project files you will receive with the course will all be Reaper files. It is a very reasonable sequencer (personal/small business license is 60.00 USD). However Cockos (the company that owns Reaper) offers a 60 day evaluation period with full functionality (probably enough to work through the course!).
Is this course OS specific?
Yes, it is limited to Windows AND Mac users. All used VST plugins have been tested on a Windows PC and have been checked regarding their OS support. They are also both available in 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions.
Are there any additional costs?
No, there aren't. The whole course is based on Freeware plugins. I recommend getting NI Massive though, which is a software synthesizer. NI Massive can be bought (price as of 9th of February 2017: 149,00 €) directly at Native Instruments. This will make it easier to follow the sound-design lesson.
How long do I have access to the course?
You will have access to the course material for one year.
Which plugins will I need to participate?
After you sign up for the course, you will get a list of Freeware plugins to download that we will use throughout the course. Other than that, the only plugin that you would ideally purchase is NI Massive (not mandatory but you will get much more benefits if you own this software synthesizer).
I have created a few tracks on my own already. Is this course for me?
The lesson content is certainly for absolute beginners, however I am talking a lot about the WAYS that I work. You might be also interested in the Dennis Sheperd Starter Kit that includes a soundset with 50 high quality sounds and a sample pack with 100 high quality samples. If you are undecided, you may subscribe here to my Intermediate Masterclass Waiting List to claim your 5% discount code when I announce my intermediate masterclass.
Will there be a masterclass for people who are more experienced?
Yes, after this masterclass there will be an intermediate masterclass for the more experienced users. Sign up to my Intermediate Masterclass Waiting List to claim your 5% discount when the course gets announced.
Do you offer other services like Mixing & Mastering and Engineering?
Yes, I do! Please check out my SoundBetter page where all my studio work goes through! Written feedback and 1 on 1 Online Music Production Teaching Sessions can be purchased in the Music Producer Hub Shop.
Do you offer a student discount?
Yes! You can get a 10% one off discount voucher if you write an Email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your valid student proof in the attachement.