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In EDM music, builds create tension that usually leads into the BIG drop. A floppy buildup without enough tension can really ruin an otherwise good record. Listeners love to be teased with a juicy buildup so why not give them what they want? In other words, in EDM music – the buildups is what I would call the foreplay before the big release.

There’s many ways to build tension towards the drop (the part where people start to go crazy and jump with their hands up). In the following tutorial we’ll showcase how to create tension using a rising pitched lead. A synth riser usually consists of a single whole note, held in root position with some pitch modulation to create the sound building/going up in pitch. Additionally we’ll create some width to fill out our left and right channels.


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  1. Great Video… Thank you very much … Pls , i am just wondering by the way . I am using Logic and trying to make EDM , Pls , does someone still need the ''Soundshifter plugin '' by Waves  or the AU pitch plugin and Pitch shifter plugin in logic is enough ?? …I will really appreciate your respond…. Thanks mannnn …..

  2. Hey thanks for the tips! I would like to ask you could make a video about quantization, if there is any specific swings or tricks that you would use for EDM and Deep-House, if only logic swings can make it or is better to use a mpc swing for an example, by the way the tutorials are great help! Hope you keep doing it.