Hey friends, today we’re checking out the Roger Sanchez course from our friends at FaderPro.
The track the S-Man takes you through is “Dangerous Thoughts”. It’s a great course, I recommend it, especially for the S-Man fans out there. BUT before you do, I have an exclusive discount code for you.
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Out of all of the FaderPro courses I’ve reviewed so far, this is the most comprehensive. You will start from scratch and end with a completed track in Roger’s S-man style. You get to see his workflow from idea to completion.
In chapters 1 through 3, he rewires Ableton into Logic, and builds a drum beat in Ableton. Note that even though he uses both DAWS in the beginning, you don’t need Ableton AND Logic to follow along. You can do the same things in just Logic. He just prefers Ableton for the quickness of certain features and does some extra bouncing for file redundancy.
In chapters 4 and 5 he sets up some bus channel strips with presets he’s made for certain sounds. This is especially good for workflow in the long run. These are available to you in the project files you can download with the course.
In Chapter 6 he plays in a bass riff with a MIDI keyboard, and quantizes the notes from there. You’ll get to see the plugins he uses for the sounds. I have to say, this is my favorite part because I love the bass riff. The sound, the riff, everything about it is really good. When a bass riff can drive a track with nothing else, but a kick drum, you know it’s good.
Moving on to chapter 7 he goes to a basic arrangement using a subtractive approach and the skeleton of the track gets laid out quickly. This is really good to see because often, at least for me, arranging is the most difficult part.
In chapters 8-11 Roger adds to the arrangement with synths and fx. One interesting note is that one of the synths he used is labeled in Russian. He specifically says he likes that because he doesn’t know exactly what each parameter does, which leads to making some interesting sounds. He adds various drum sound and checks the vibe to make sure everything is good.
In chapter 12 he adds in the vocals, which he wrote himself, and recorded on the spot. He has a special mic setup, which he details as well.
From chapters 13-14 he does some housekeeping with stems.
In chapter 15 he does some vocal edits and glitches. What’s crazy is that in the project window he didn’t have any gridlines, which may or may not make the edits more organic, but honestly it was a bit tedious to watch. However, I’m not going to knock someone else’s workflow, which is what you’re paying to see anyways. Just be aware that you’ll have to have an understanding of bars and beats beforehand.
In chapters 16-17 he adds some James Brown style vocal chops, and some synth notes, which add a nice energy to the track.
In chapters 19-23 he adds the massive snare roll to the breakdown, and arranged more of the breakdown and drop. He massages the drop with more synths elements and drums as well.
The final chapter 24 is a final listen through with a closeout from Roger.
Overall, I do recommend this course because of its completeness. It’s particularly good for Logic/techno novices because he tells you some great shortcuts and for pros seeing his distilled, unwavering workflow is extremely valuable. The only critiques I have are that some of the chapters were really tedious to watch like the beginning with the rewiring, and the sections with micro edits. I felt like some of the steps weren’t necessary and could confuse beginners.