Let’s produce 04: Future House Vibe 2

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Hello producers, how’s it going? In Episode 04 from our Let’s produce series we’ll be taking a look at another Future House beat in Live 9. We’ll cover the drums and the MIDI pattern behind the bass-line, so follow along with your samples and instruments. Just make sure to pay attention to the grid settings in the bottom right corner of every image.

The post is structured in 3 parts: Drums (1), Bass (2) and String (3). Make sure to leave your questions or requests for future episodes by contacting hi@promusicproducers.com. Okay then, let’s start!

 


1) DRUMS


 

STEP 1 – We’ll use a tempo of 124 BPM. Standard 4/4 for the KICK, with a short CLAP playing every two beats. Notice the extended CLAP and extra SNARE sample on the last beat in the second bar:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 2 – The Open Hat (HAT1) goes off-beat. The Closed Hat (HAT2) plays a slightly imperfect pattern of 16th notes, with the velocity gradually increasing on the beat:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 3 – Add a short Reverb and an EQ-Eight to remove the low-end on the hats:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 4 – Let’s add a RIDE Sample to our Drums, playing a straight 1/8 pattern:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 5 – Use side-chain compression to create this nice pumping effect on the RIDE. Also, add an EQ-Eight to keep just the high frequencies rolling:

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It sounds like this:

 

What we have so far:

 


 2) BASS


 

STEP 1 – For the bass-line, we’ll start with a 2 bars long clip. Both bars begin with a similar pattern, playing 3 hits on B1 and E2, respectively. You can feel the difference between the two bars when it comes to the position of the 4x 1/8 notes. Main progression is B1 – G2 – A2 – E2 -F#2:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 2 – Common thing in Future House Bass-lines are those fast-moving 1/16 notes. We’ll use four of these in the first bar to fill the empty 16th notes between the main progression B1 – G2 – A2. Notice that the first three are the actual notes from the B minor triad (B1, D2, F#2):

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 3 – We’ll do something similar for the second bar, a combination of 1/8 and 1/16 notes to fill the empty spots:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 4 – We can extend the length of the bass-line to 4 bars now and create some sense of progression by just shifting a couple of these notes around. So duplicate the 2 bars we’ve made so far, and in the fourth bar, shift the G2 and A2 up to C#3 and D3:

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It sounds like this:

 

What we have so far:

 


3) STRINGS


STEP 1 – One final element we can add to our Future House Beat is a side-chained pad sound playing two long B5 and F#6 notes:

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It sounds like this:

 

So this is what we’ve made:


 

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