NATIVE SESSIONS: SONIC HOOKS

The success of a track often rests on its hookline – and its trademark sound. Across the globe, our Sonic Hooks series explored the tools and techniques for creating sonically unique hooks with MASCHINE and KOMPLETE, and heard from a choice roster of guest speakers like Fatima al-Qadiri, Kimbra, Lotic, WIFE, and more. Watch the highlights here – explore the lineage of sonic hooks and learn how to craft your signature sound.

A BIT OF HISTORY: INTRODUCTION BY PHILIP SHERBURNE

Watch acclaimed music industry writer, journalist, and DJ Philip Sherburne share a curated history of the evolution of sonic hooks in electronic music and modern songwriting. Then listen to the tracks featured in Philip's lecture in full on Spotify.






SONIC HOOKS TOOLBOX: HANDS-ON TIPS AND TRICKS

Learn from leading product specialists Comfort Fit, Neven, and Brian Kullas how just a few creative techniques can supercharge your tracks, and watch a special tutorial from Producertech – inspired by these seminars.

PART 1 – MASCHINE TOOLBOX WITH COMFORT FIT

MASCHINE lead product specialist Comfort Fit shares hands-on tips for using microlooping, slicing, and sound layering as a way to create standout hooklines.

PART 2 – SOUND LAYERING USING KOMPLETE WITH NEVEN

KOMPLETE lead product specialist Neven shows some tips and tricks for how to use sound layering and randomization for rich sounds and sonic hooks.

PART 3 – MASCHINE TOOLBOX WITH BRIAN KULLAS

MASCHINE product specialist Brian Kullas shows how using microlooping, slicing, and sound layering in MASCHINE can create interesting hooklines – and even an entire track.

CREATING A HOOK IN MASCHINE

Inspired by the Sonic Hooks toolbox videos, our friends at Producertech put together this tutorial outlining how to transform parts of a sample into a playable, unique instrument.

IN CONVERSATION: KIMBRA AND BRENMAR

Watch New Zealand-born, cross-genre songwriter Kimbra and acclaimed DJ-producer Brenmar speak at Red Bull Studios in NYC about their approaches to sound, sonic hooks, and the inspiration behind their signature tracks.

TRACK DECONSTRUCTION WITH KABUKI

Luminary bass music producer Kabuki dissects his track Black Magic feat. NGHT DRPS and shares how he used MASCHINE and REAKTOR to create the sonic hookline – a signature baseline that makes the track.
Don’t forget to listen to Kabuki’s mixtape for Electronic Beats on Mixcloud.

ROUNDTABLE WITH FATIMA AL QADIRI, LOTIC, AND WIFE

Watch Philip Sherburne, Fatima Al Qadiri of Hyperdub, and Tri Angle Records’ Lotic and WIFE discuss how sound and sonic hooks are a formative element of artistic identity, and discover some of the inspiration behind their craft.

MORE FROM NATIVE SESSIONS

Watch highlights from other installments of Native Sessions to learn more about music making with KOMPLETE, MASCHINE, and TRAKTOR – and gain valuable insight on engaging themes in production, performance, and DJing.

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