Éclat: Part 16

Avatar eclatcrew | April 2, 2019

The Challenge:

To create a new track using sounds from Courtney Hawkins' new soundpack 'Neon Nights'. These tracks can also be entered into the amazing Metapop competition, making you eligible to win amazing gear!

Key = Bb minor, BPM 75

To download the resources for this week's challenge, sign up for a Metapop account here. You can also join our Eclat Crew Metapop group!

Courtney Hawkins is a super great low-fi Hip Hop producer, and she does some great online tutorials and videos about Maschine; check her out on Soundcloud and Youtube!





For extra credit, let's learn about sidechained compression! This is when we use the signal from one instrument (often a kick drum) to compress (make quieter) the signal of another instrument (also called ducking). That's how you hear the cool rhythmic pulsing sounds in the synths in a lot of dance music.

If you don't know what sidechain compression means, check out this video here:


For this you'll need a 'compressor' effect, a rhythm track, and an instrument with some sustain or legato.


Click through for more resources...

Sidechaining in Logic Pro X (and it's also a great tutorial on Compression in general)

Using the Audio Sidechain in Bitwig:


Sidechaining in Garageband:



For help with getting started with your DAW, all our videos about sampling, arranging your track, and more, click on one of the tags on the right for links to more tutorials.