5 Simple Deep House Production Tips

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From our Deep House Series:

7 Deep House Bassline Patterns and Techniques
6 Deep House Chord Progression Tips for Beginners

Hello producers how’s it going? We continue our Deep House Production Series with another post, listing 5 Deep House Tips for beginners to try out. Tips are ranging from arpeggios and bassline patterns to chords, drums and arrangement techniques. So, just follow this post and implement these tips in your production and see how it goes.

 

Summary: 

 

1) Using Simple Delayed Arpeggios.

2) Using Strings and Ride Loops.

3) Extending your Bassline Pattern.

4) Getting that classic Deep House Chords sound.

5) Delaying your Claps.

We’ll use Ableton Live 9 as our workstation, but you can follow this with any DAW. Just make sure to pay attention to the grid settings in the right corner of every image. Also, if you have any questions or suggestions just get in touch with us at hi@promusicproducers.com! Okay then, let’s start.


5 Deep House

Production Tips


 

1) Using simple delayed arpeggios.

As in Construction Kit 2 from our Deep & Future House Pack:

 

STEP 1 – Create a new clip, 1 bar long and insert the three notes from a minor chord (G minor in this case) in a 1/16 sequence. Copy the first 2 notes from this chord (G and A#) one octave higher:

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It should sound like this:

 

STEP 2 – Pitch up one of the oscillators by 7 semitones in your VST:

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It should sound like this:

 

STEP 3 – Put a long reverb on it:

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It should sound like this:

 

STEP 4 – Add the Simple Delay audio effect in Live:

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It should sound like this:

 

STEP 5 – Increase the length of the clip to 4 bars and trigger the notes in the last bar, starting with the 1st off-beat spot:

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It should sound like this (with the pad):

And with all the elements:


 

 

2) Using Strings and Ride Loops.

As in Construction Kit 1 from our Deep Future House Pack:

Using strings and a ride loops is a common arrangement structure in Deep House. After 8 bars of playing the drums, bassline and melody, this reinforces the main structure, allowing you to delay other elements (vocals in this case) for 8 bars:

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STEP 1Creating the string. The string instrument plays a high C (in the actual track is C4):

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 2Creating the ride loop. The ride cymbal plays this steady pattern of 1/8 notes at around -16 dB:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 3Creating the ride loop. To make it more interesting, add a swing or manually play with the velocity of each hit. In this case, we used side-chain compression:

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It sounds like this:

String and Ride Loop:

And with all the elements:


 

 

3) From 2 to 4 bars with just one note.

As in Construction Kit 3 from our Deep & Future House Pack:

The tempo is 124 BPM and the track is in the A# minor scale. This is an example of how to extend your bassline pattern from 2 bars to 4 bars by simply extending the length of one note. But first, let’s see how to create this bassline!

 

STEP 1 – Create a new clip, 1 bar long and draw the following pattern:

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It should sound like this:

 

STEP 2 – Extend the length of the clip to 2 bars and copy the same pattern to F# in the 2nd bar:

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It should sound like this:

 

STEP 3 – Let’s move these notes around. The last 2 notes of each bar will play C#. Also, move the 4th and 5th F# to F:

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It should sound like this:

 

STEP 4 – Duplicate these 2 bars so we’ll have a 4 bars clip. The trick is to replace the first two F# notes with a single, longer F#. Not only it makes it sound not so repetitive, but it has a huge impact in terms of rhythm, as the bassline starts to play a slow on-beat pattern in the 2nd bar and then it moves faster through the last bar:

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It should sound like this:

And with all the elements:


 

4) Pitching your Minor Chords.

As in Construction Kit 4 from our Deep & Future House Pack:

In this one we’ll focus on the oscillator’s pitch setting in Sylenth1 to get that classic Deep House Chords sound.

 

STEP 1 – Create a new clip, 2 bars long. Using a Sylenth1 chord preset, draw the following pattern of D# and C# minor chords:

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It should sound like this:

 

STEP 2Pitch down one of the oscillators in Sylenth1 by 7 semitones. You can also try -5, +5 or +7:

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It should sound like this:

And with all the elements:


 

 

5) Delaying your claps.

As in Construction Kit 7 from our Deep & Future House Pack:

In this one, we’ll use a snare and a clap to create a nice delayed effect on the drums.

 

STEP 1 – Create a new clip, one bar long. Trigger the snare sample every 2 beats:

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It should sound like this:

 

STEP 2 – Duplicate this bar so we’ll get a 2 bars loop. Trigger the clap just before the end of the first bar:

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It should sound like this:

 

STEP 3 – Duplicate these 2 bars again, so we’ll end up with a 4 bars clip. Now, in the last bar, trigger the clap 6 more times in a repetitive pattern. Also, use a different velocity on each clap hit:

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It should sound like this:

 

STEP 4 – Let’s what happens if we add the Ping Pong Delay effect on this clap:

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Now the clap sounds like this:

And with all the elements:


 

That’s it!

 

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