Welcome to producing Tropical House!
Learn how to generate and tune true kick drum and samples and layering them to produce new and unique kicks.
Add extra elements like snaps, hats and shakers to fill out the groove and make things sound more organic.
The Chord Progression13:33
Introduction into programming effective chord progressions and melodic rhythms.
Construct a simple baseline that covers the low frequencies and supports our chords.
The Topline Melody3:29
How to craft great toplines for Tropical House.
Bassline Sound Design7:06
Larry uses MASSIVE to construct a powerful, simple bass patch to compliment and support the chords and topline.
Chords Sound Design14:31
Layer a piano and pad sound to create our Tropical chords.
Topline Sound Design8:29
Layering the chords and topline melody to make sure we create a big sound
Arrangement Pt. 19:52
Learn to Get your head in the arrangement game by Adding effects, snare rolls, and changing sounds up to make a compelling arrangement.
Arrangement Pt. 214:26
The tropical house song begins to take form as Larry continues putting the arrangement together.
Arrangement Pt. 39:09
Finish off the arrangement by moving elements around to get our arrangement working.
Learn how to use EQ to add space and punch to the various elements of your mix.
We'll use iZotope's Ozone to add the final polish to our mix and get it ready to share with the world!
EDM Producer Laurence Holcombe teaches you how to craft standout tropical house tracks from scratch in this in-depth video tutorial series. He uses Logic Pro X but the information and techniques shown apply to any DAW and workflow.
Laurence starts with a brief introduction of the genre, and then dives right into making the beat. He shows you how to generate and tune the perfect kick, and how to layer samples to make them stand out even more. He then adds the extra elements such as snaps, hats, and shakers to fill out the groove and make it sound and feel more organic.
Next, Laurence develops and programs the chord progression, showing you how different chord progressions affect the mood and groove of the song. Laurence then teaches you how to craft a tropical house style topline melody, tying it all together.
With the beat and melody covered, Laurence focuses on the bass. He explains how to program the right kind of bassline for tropical house, and how to make sure it sits well with the groove and the melody.
Laurence then arranges the song to be as exciting as possible, adding effects to give the track that extra ear candy that draws the listeners in. After that, he creates fills and makes some edits to really move the song forward.
That leads into the video on the final mixdown, in which Laurence makes all his last minute tweaks and adds some secret sauce, and the final master, in which he masters the track for release to the public!
Whether youre new to tropical house music, or an accomplished producer looking for more tips and tricks about this genre, dont miss Producing Tropical House!
Submitted 3 months ago
This is a great tutorial on trop house. Before watching however, I would recommend being extremely familiar with your DAW, synth design and mixing. This will make this series more useful.
I am a: Professional
Submitted 8 months ago
I've been exploring the genre of Tropical House on my own, and I was pleasantly surprised how beneficial this tutorial has been for my current skill set. I feel more confident in my production/mixing decisions, especially with this particular genre. I've been using Logic for 10 years now, and thought I had a pretty great workflow. Laurence is a terrific instructor and I was able to pick up some new tips/tricks to improve my workflow within Logic :) Thanks a bunch!
I am a: Producer, Professional
Submitted 8 months ago
This is awesome!
I've watched a lot of stuff on YouTube and this is so much better. Great tutorial for tropical house.
I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician
Submitted 8 months ago
Love this guy's style of review. He goes thru a lot of different aspects and gives you insight into not only what he is doing, but always talks about the plugins he uses in detail, not just "set this here". He always explains why he does it. 5/5
Submitted 9 months ago
Many, many ideas
Really enjoyed this series of videos. I'm not an EDM producer, but there are a lot of solid ideas here for production in a variety of genres and styles. Overall, this is just a great overview of how one musician uses Logic Pro X and a complement of plugins as instruments in themselves. Right now, I'm producing a Latin-blues track with no EDM elements per se, but there are ideas about sidechaining, working with MIDI, and mixing that I'm already using or intending to use. There are many similar kinds of videos on YouTube -- Laurence Holcombe finds the right balance (as do many of the Groove3 videos) between explanation, demonstration, detail, and pace. I watched these like I'd watch a TV series. Great material.
I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Musician
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