Let’s produce 08: Deep House Vibe 3

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Hello producers, how’s it going? I’ve recently posted a video on Instagram of a Live 9 project and received a fair amount of requests for a tutorial on that sound. So, this episode from Let’s produce will focus on a slower vibe, at 115 bpm. We’ll start from drawing the chord progression and then we’ll take a look at the bass-line pattern. It’s a very simple sound, but hopefully you’ll get some inspiration out of this.

The post is structured in 4 parts:

  1. Pad
  2. Bass
  3. Stab & String
  4. Lead

This episode is also available in video format. All MIDI patterns are provided so follow along with your samples and instruments. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave a comment or get in touch with us: hi@promusicproducers.com. Okay then, let’s start!

 


 VIDEO TUTORIAL:


 

 


1) PAD


 

STEP 1 - We’ll start with a 2 bars loop, playing the C minor 9th chord on the first and third beat:

It sounds like this:

 

STEP 2 - Extend this to 4 bars and add the main progression C3 – G3 – F2, all minor 9th chords:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 3 - Get a wider sound by playing the second and third note of each minor chord in the next octave:

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It sounds like this:

 


 2) BASS


 

STEP 1 - Okay, now let’s get a nice bass-line for these chords. We start from the classic 3/16 pattern, as you can’t go wrong with this one:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 2 - Now move the entire sequence 1/16 to the right, so that it starts on the second 1/16. This pattern goes really well at slower tempos:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 3 - Extend this to 4 bars and insert the same progression: C3 – G2 – F2. Notice the contrary motion in the third bar. The chords are climbing to G3, whilst the bass goes down to G2:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 4 - Let’s add a nice little twist every two bars:

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It sounds like this:

 


3) STAB & STRING


 

STAB -  The stab will follow the same chord progression and will be triggered on the first and third off-beat spot, just after the pad:

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It sounds like this:

 

STRING - The string will play C6:

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It sounds like this:

 


 4) LEAD


 

The lead will also follow the on-beat pattern, but it won’t follow the C – G – F progression. It will play G – D – C instead. The LFO on the filter cutoff creates a nice movement for this sound:

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It sounds like this:

 


 The End


 

So there you go. Very simple midi sequences for a slow Deep House style track. Let me know if you have any suggestions or requests for future episodes in the comments below. Finally, if you found this post useful, don’t forget to share it!

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