Let’s produce 02: Tribal House Vibe

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Hello producers, how’s it going? In this second post from our Let’s produce series we’ll be making a simple Tribal House Vibe using some of the Instrument Rack preset that come with Live 8 and Live 9 Suite. We’ll cover the drums and the MIDI patterns behind the melodic elements, but if you’ve got Live 8 and Live 9 Suite installed, you’ll be able to fully re-create these sounds.

The post is structured in four parts: Drums (1), Chords (2), Bass (3), Pluck & Pad (4). 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 bottom right corner of every image. Also, if you have any questions or suggestions, get in touch with us at hi@promusicproducers.com! Okay then, let’s start!

 


 1) DRUMS


 

STEP 1 – We’ll use a tempo of 125 BPM. Standard 4/4 for the KICK and off-beat pattern for the CLOSED HAT. Note the OPEN HAT playing on the first off-beat spot. We won’t use any clap or snare.

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 2 – For the percussion, we’ll be using four different samples. The first percussion sample will play this off-beat group of double notes. Whilst a very subtle sound (played at -30dB), it creates a nice rolling effect:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 3 – To maintain the rolling effect, fill the empty 1/16 spots with more percussion samples:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 4 – Since we’re playing the same bar over and over again, let’s add another percussion sample on the 2nd off-beat spot for some variations:

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It sounds like this:

What we have so far:

 


2) CHORDS


 

STEP 1 – For some nice organic sounds, we’ll use the Mallet Instrument Rack Preset called “Outlet” that comes with Live 8 Suite. We can start with a standard off-beat pattern playing four C minor chords:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 2 – A simple trick in Tribal House tracks for this type of chords is to deviate a little from the off-beat pattern by moving the 1st and 3rd chord 1/16 to the right:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 3 – We can spice up the sound without having to move to other chords by simply shifting the notes from the 2nd and 4th C minor chord up or down one octave. We’re still playing the same notes, but in a different order:

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It sounds like this:

What we have so far:

 


 3) BASS


 

STEP 1 – For Tribal House we need a nice subby bass sound, so we can use the Instrument Rack Preset called “Hip-Hop Sub Bass” that comes with Live 9 Suite. The bass will play simultaneously with the chords:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 2 – Duplicate this bar so we can insert some simple variations. For example, move the 3rd C1 to A#0 and insert a G1 just before the 1st C1:

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It sounds like this:

 


 4) Pluck & Pad


 

STEP 1 – For our plucky/arpeggio style sound we’ll use the Instrument Rack Preset called “Dance Dot Org” from the Piano & Keys folder in Live 9. We start by drawing this pattern using C:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 2 – Now we’ll shift these notes around in a nice ascending motion towards D# in the first half of the bar. Note that these are the notes from the C minor 7th chord, including the voicing of C1 and D#1. In the second half, they’ll come back to C:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 3 – Duplicate this bar and play the exact same pattern a few semitones lower:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 4 – Now we’ll be using a voicy style pad for some nice atmospheric tribal effects. The sound comes from the Instrument Rack Preset called “Voicy Pad” from Live 8 Suite. It will play a simple 4 bars pattern using short hits on C and G, but with a long release and a delay effect on them:

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It sounds like this:

So this is what we made:


 

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