Production Tutorial

Producing Tech House

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  • Introduction 0:50


    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.

  • Designing the Kick Drum Sound 9:51

    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.

  • Claps & Hats 10:25

    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.

  • Adding Extra Drum Hits 14:47

    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.

  • Adding Extra Rhythms 6:41

    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.

  • The Bassline 7:17

    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.

  • Applying EQ Pt. 1 13:04

    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.

  • Applying EQ Pt. 2 12:43

    Applying EQ Pt. 2

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

  • Enhancing the Groove with Compression 15:06

    Enhancing the Groove with Compression

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

  • Adding Reverb 13:05

    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.

  • Adding the Chord Sound 8:14

    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.

  • The Vocals 13:25

    The Vocals

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

  • The Arrangement Pt. 1 9:44

    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.

  • The Arrangement Pt. 2 12:37

    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.

  • Chopping Up the Vocals 21:12

    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.

  • Adding Extra Elements Pt. 1 8:45

    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.

  • Adding Extra Elements Pt. 2 10:50

    Adding Extra Elements Pt. 2

    Larry adds and tweaks more extra elements in the song.

  • Finishing the Arrangement 22:08

    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!

  • Parallel Compression 5:01

    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.

  • Mastering 7:23


    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.

Product Overview

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!

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