How to produce great pop records: deconstructing the tune "Red"

with Paul Whalley

Spend 2 hours in the mind of producer Paul Whalley and learn the secrets of making a great pop record. Use what you learn to produce your own tracks and get personalised feedback from Paul or another top Tileyard producer.

From touring with Mumford & Sons and Ellie Goulding to featuring on #1 pop tracks such as Shout Out To My Ex by Little Mix, Paul knows what ingredients to throw in the mix.

Instrument Music Production , Pro Tools

For you get:

  • All stems for the tune "Red"
  • Project files to work in Pro Tools, Cubase, Ableton Live
  • On-demand lifetime access to all lessons
  • Personal feedback from Paul on your own production
  • Available on desktop, mobile and tablet
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee
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Level
intermediate
Course Length
22 lessons · 1h 41m

From touring with Mumford & Sons & Ellie Goulding to featuring on #1 pop tracks such as Shout Out To My Ex by Little Mix, Paul Whalley is a true musician with a hugely diverse sound.

In this course, Paul lets us in to his studio at Tileyard in London and breaks down a song called "Red", with the singer Emmi Green.

By the end of the session, you'll understand how to structure and arrange the main parts and hooks of a song. You'll also have seen practical examples of how to build the drum track, bass track, synths, effects, ambients and vocals in your DAW and what plugins and what settings Paul uses to create his sound.

You'll get the opportunity to use what you've learnt to improve your own productions and submit one to Paul for his personal feedback.

Specifically, Paul:

  • Starts with identifying what the main parts and hooks are of the song what role they play in the overall composition
  • Looks at the writing process, explains the arrangement and analyzes a few rejected versions of the track
  • Takes apart all the sections and parts of the song: drum track, bass track, synths, effects and ambients, and vocals
  • Explains the mastering process, and what he does to get the track polished and ready for radio play, managers, A&R guys, clients or artists

This is a great course for anyone who wants to get better at writing killer pop tunes, with tons of hands on examples and inspiration that will up your game on any DAW - Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Cubase.


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Paul Whalley

Paul’s sound is hugely diverse. Having come from spending many years on the road as an active touring session musician with artists and groups such as Mumford and Sons and Ellie Goulding, He is a musician is the truest sense of the word.

A player of many instruments and a trained classical musician, holding both an undergraduate in instrumental performance and a Masters Degree in composition from the Guildhall School Of Music, he is well versed in many styles and genres.

Having traded in touring life for music production and song writing a few years ago, he has found great success working with artists such as NAO, Wretch 32 and Nina Nesbitt to name a few. He has also featured as an instrumentalist on numerous top 40 records around the world including Shout Out To MY Ex by Little Mix.

Currently based out of Tileyard Studios in North London he is currently working on projects for many of the UK’s major record labels, writing with many of the countries top writers and producers alongside taking on artist development projects and remixes with his ever expanding sound and style as a producer. 2017 Is set to be a big year with 12 releases lined up already alongside various remix projects.

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