Learn Music Production

As with any type of music production, psytrance has its own distinctive style and sound. There are a variety of techniques and processes that you can utilise in order for you to recreate that unique psytrance sound. It might sound obvious, but one of the most useful ways to help improve your arranging skills is to listen to more psytrance! Pick some of your favourite artists, or a particular artist that you want to sound similar to. Select just one of their tracks and listen to it several times. As you listen to the track, start to mentally pull apart the different elements of the track so that you able to define the parts and how they have been put together (e.g. intro, breaks etc.).

When developing your music production skills it’s important to get a good grasp of how other psytrance tracks have been arranged, as this skill can be directly transferred over to your own music production. The more familiar you can become with other psytrance tracks (even if it’s just three or four that you know inside out), the more you will find this understanding and knowledge transfers over to you your own compositions.

Another useful tool when learning music production is to recreate a psytrance track from start to finish. Like before, pick one psytrance track that you like, and import it in to your DAW so that you can see the wave form of the track in the time line. As you listen to the track (and look at the wave form) you will be able to hear (and see) the changes in the arrangement as the track progresses. You can then start to improve your music production skills by recreating the track in the DAW, alongside the imported wave file.

By doing this you can match the audio style and arrangement of the original track. It doesn’t matter so much if the sounds that you synthesize or instruments that you pick are not exactly the same as the original track. What’s important is that you are able to further your music production skills by mimicking the changes in the arrangement that take place as the track progresses.