How to make a synthwave track in 10 minutes (free MIDI files included)

Working under a time constraint when making music can be a great way to hone your workflow and build confidence in your creative decisions.

In the video above, we took this idea to the test by ‘speed running’ a synthwave track in under ten minutes. Check it out to see how you can quickly construct the lush synth leads, punchy drums, dreamy arps, and other elements that are staples to the genre.

If you liked the track we created and want to experiment with the individual samples we used yourself, you can check out the Collection we created here. Also, you can grab the MIDI files for all of the chord progressions, melodies, and basslines we manually constructed here.

What other genres do you want to see us speed run in ten minutes or less? Let us know in the comments below, and check out our other 10-minute challenges here.

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January 27, 2021

Nick Chen Content Marketing @ Splice. Nick Chen is a producer, performer, and educator under the aliases "nickthechen" and "Enix."