Production Tutorial

Producing Tropical House

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14 Videos | Length: 2hr 11min 15sec
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  • Introduction 0:54


    Welcome to producing Tropical House!

  • The Kick 17:31

    The Kick

    Learn how to generate and tune true kick drum and samples and layering them to produce new and unique kicks.

  • Rhythmic Elements 17:55

    Rhythmic Elements

    Add extra elements like snaps, hats and shakers to fill out the groove and make things sound more organic.

  • The Chord Progression 13:33

    The Chord Progression

    Introduction into programming effective chord progressions and melodic rhythms.

  • The Bassline 2:31

    The Bassline

    Construct a simple baseline that covers the low frequencies and supports our chords.

  • The Topline Melody 3:29

    The Topline Melody

    How to craft great toplines for Tropical House.

  • Bassline Sound Design 7:06

    Bassline Sound Design

    Larry uses MASSIVE to construct a powerful, simple bass patch to compliment and support the chords and topline.

  • Chords Sound Design 14:31

    Chords Sound Design

    Layer a piano and pad sound to create our Tropical chords.

  • Topline Sound Design 8:29

    Topline Sound Design

    Layering the chords and topline melody to make sure we create a big sound

  • Arrangement Pt. 1 9:52

    Arrangement Pt. 1

    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. 2 14:26

    Arrangement Pt. 2

    The tropical house song begins to take form as Larry continues putting the arrangement together.

  • Arrangement Pt. 3 9:09

    Arrangement Pt. 3

    Finish off the arrangement by moving elements around to get our arrangement working.

  • Mixdown 5:40


    Learn how to use EQ to add space and punch to the various elements of your mix.

  • Mastering 6:09


    We'll use iZotope's Ozone to add the final polish to our mix and get it ready to share with the world!

Product Overview

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 you’re new to tropical house music, or an accomplished producer looking for more tips and tricks about this genre, don’t miss “Producing Tropical House”!

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