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Producing Tech House

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    Tutorial 1



    Larry welcomes you and discusses what you'll be doing and learning throughout the series, as well as talks about the genre of Electronic Music you'll be creating from scratch.

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    Tutorial 2

    Designing the Kick Drum Sound


    Larry starts down low with the staple of this genre, the kick drum. See and hear how to create a great 909 type kick drum sound using Kick 2, as well as adding Distortion, Compression, EQ and Tape Saturation to bring the kick out in the mix.

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    Tutorial 3

    Claps & Hats


    Now explore filling out the groove with the classic 909 Clap and Tech House hat sounds. See how to layer the claps and hats for extra punch, and route them to their own bus. for more processing. Tweaking the volume envelope to get the exact sound required is also shown.

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    Tutorial 4

    Adding Extra Drum Hits


    Larry now covers how to add congas, woodblocks and other percussion to fill in the groove. Using swing in Ultrabeat, see how to add that all important feel to your beats and accenting beats using velocity on your hats.

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    Tutorial 5

    Adding Extra Rhythms


    Taking extra elements from Apple Loops to add inspiration to your drums, Larry shows how to add an extra tambourine. Next Larry share a trick to create rhythmic vocal loops by having a drum loop playing through a vocal as a reverb impulse response. Furthermore an LFO Tool sidechain compressor is added to make this part groove.

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    Tutorial 6

    The Bassline


    Larry now reveals how to create a plucky bass sound in Massive and then programs it as a suitable part for our track. LFO tool is then used in a novel way to get the perfect side chain contour for the bass so that it optimally works with the kick drum.

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    Tutorial 7

    Applying EQ Pt. 1


    Now see how to use Pro-Q2 and do basic low and high pass filtering and create space in the mixdown. The zero latency and natural and linear phase modes are then used to select the best setting for each sound.

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    Tutorial 8

    Applying EQ Pt. 2


    Larry continues the EQ process, showing how to carve out the various tracks into their own space.

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    Tutorial 9

    Enhancing the Groove with Compression


    See how to set and use musical Compressor release times to enhance the groove and front to back perspective.

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    Tutorial 10

    Adding Reverb


    See how to add early reflections and Reverb to varying degrees across our parts in order to add a sense of space and depth. The FX returns are then Compressed, EQ'd and Side Chained to get maximum clarity and groove.

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    Tutorial 11

    Adding the Chord Sound


    Larry now uses the Korg M1 triggered by Logic's Chord Trigger function to play a 7th/9th chord and various effects, including a pseudo-stereo widening effect.

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    Tutorial 12

    The Vocals


    Larry now defines a direction for the track by adding Vocals and staris to process them to fit the groove.

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    Tutorial 13

    The Arrangement Pt. 1


    Larry now explains the importance of getting into the arrangement phase of the process at this point, preventing you from ending up in a constant loop! See how to take the arrangement from another track and use it to get into the process as a starting point for your track.

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    Tutorial 14

    The Arrangement Pt. 2


    Larry continues the Arrangement process by going through the track, essentially arranging on the fly, keeping the momentum going, creating excitement and dynamics.

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    Tutorial 15

    Chopping Up the Vocals


    In this video, see how to first mix the vocal using a combination of Multi Band Compression and NY Compression. Then a choppy vocal effect is achieved by working on the vocal and chopping it into slices to be arranged throughout the track.

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    Tutorial 16

    Adding Extra Elements Pt. 1


    As we near the finish line, we jump around adding some extra dry rolls and playing around with the mix and arrangement some more.

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    Tutorial 17

    Adding Extra Elements Pt. 2


    Larry adds and tweaks more extra elements in the song.

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    Tutorial 18

    Finishing the Arrangement


    Larry continues to go through and add the last bells and whistles, as well as adds the all important High Pass Filter on the Master Bus!

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    Tutorial 19

    Parallel Compression


    Classic Parallel compression is now used to get the drums and punch to smack as much as possible, creating a "in your face" sound.

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    Tutorial 20



    Wrapping it up, Larry shows how to add EQ, Saturation, Stereo Imaging and Limiting to ensure the track is as competitive in volume as possible, using Logic's built-in Multimeter plug-in for reference.

Electronic music Producer extraordinaire Laurence Holcombe shows you the secrets to making a realistic Tech House track from scratch. Using Logic and various 3rd party plug-ins, but applicable to any DAW, Larry reveals the steps to take to make a true Tech House production including all the staple sounds and arrangement conventions.

Larry starts with an introduction welcoming you and talks about the genre and what exactly you’ll be producing together. He then starts with the all-important Kick sound, crafting it using Kick 2 and various processors to make a bangin’ 909 kick.

Next, Larry continues and gets the Claps and Hats going, followed by extra drum hits, evolving the rhythms, and then focuses on creating a huge and dynamic Bass sound and part.

Larry now jumps on some mix duties, showing you how to EQ and Compress the various elements to create a cohesive drum part and groove. Reverb is then looked at and you’ll see how to tastefully apply it, creating space and width for your parts.

Jumping back to production, Larry walks you through adding the classic Chord sound of the genre, followed by Chopped Vocals, and adding some rolls and transitions. Next, you’ll see how Larry finishes the arrangement and then applies Parallel Compression. Wrapping it up, Larry gives the overall production some Mastering love to make it competitive in volume, while still keeping some of its life and dynamics.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you’re interested in producing Tech House, or just want to see another angle on making the genre, this is the series to watch. Checkout “Producing Tech House” today!

Submitted 2 months ago

Loved it!

Very very very helpful!

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Submitted 3 months ago

Amazing amount of content!

Thanks Larry. There is so much useful content in this video series. Much of it applicable to other styles of electronic music. Very enjoyable!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Bitwig Studio, Logic Pro

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Submitted 3 months ago

Vey professional and smooth

Wow... this guy know to work logic X and do it right. Very impressive.

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I learnt the trumpet and piano around age 12 and then guitar a couple of years later. I played in a few indie bands for a few years until I discovered the turntables and Dj'ing. I then swapped the guitar for the synthesizer and the stage for the Dj booth and the rest is history!

2. What training have you had?

I completed a diploma in sound engineering and music technology from islington Music Workshop in London. I am also level 1 certified in Logic. The most important training I have received though is sitting for hours on end at my studio making music!

3. When did you get into recording?

Recording demos for the indie bands I mentioned earlier. Then recording vocals for my tracks as DEF inc. and laterally Rebel Sonix. I also worked in London studio Rollover in around 2005.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've remixed Coldplay, Kylie, Roots Manuva and John B. Labels I have released on include Parlaphone, EMI, Fingerlickin, Eight Fx, Quantum, Botchit and Scarper amongst others. I have composed music for Sony Playstation games, Sky tv, J&B Whiskey, Lexus cars and the BBC to name a few. I have produced online tutorial videos and have had a 1 hour production video in Music Techs magazines cover DVD. I have also Dj'ed at events such as Glastonbury festival and Miami WMC and touring extensively all over the world.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well hopefully I have a clear and concise training method mixed with a serious passion for making music. I have previously worked for Apple teaching Logic and also regularly lecture on Logic and electronic music production. I also teach the Ministry of Sound DJ academy in London which involves teaching an introduction to Djing as well as in depth seminars on using NI's Traktor and also Serato Scratch Live. As a producer making cutting edge electronic music, I have to remain at the forefront of new sounds and production techniques. I mix my time between different areas of the music industry - production, remixing, DJing and also teaching which allows me to develop all those skills simultaneously - so I can improve my teaching ability whilst also continuing to develop as a producer (something which you never stop doing!)

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Producing Tech House is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Loved it! Very very very helpful!
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Amazing amount of content! Thanks Larry. There is so much useful content in this video series. Much of it applicable to other styles of electronic music. Very enjoyable!
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Vey professional and smooth Wow... this guy know to work logic X and do it right. Very impressive.
Date published: 2017-11-25