Let’s produce 10: Progressive House Vibe 2

Hello producers, how’s it going? In Episode 10 from the Let’s produce series we’ll take a look at an old-school Progressive House beat. We’ll start by programming some simple drums and then we’ll move on to the melody.

The post is structured in 5 parts:

  1. Drums
  2. Main Lead
  3. Main Bass
  4. Second Lead
  5. Break Bass

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) DRUMS


 

STEP 1 - The tempo used here is 128 BPM. The kick follows a standard pattern on all four beats, while the clap hits on the second and fourth. Notice the extra clap on the second off-beat spot:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 2 - Now let’s duplicate this bar four times and in the last bar, create another off-beat hit for the clap. This adds some variation every four bars:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 3 - We’ll be using two hat samples on a new Drum Rack. The open-hat will follow a straight off-beat pattern, while the closed hat (more of a shaker here) is triggered on every sixteenth note. Notice the velocity settings for the second hat sample:

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It sounds like this:

 

And these are the drums:

 


2) MAIN LEAD


 

STEP 1 - This element will follow a simple 1/8 style pattern with a dyad chord structure (we’ll be changing the E3 in the next steps). It’s common in Progressive House Tracks to create some movement in these chords by playing with the Filter Cut-off. Also, some side-chain compression was applied here.

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 2 - Now extend this to four bars and insert the main progression. Here we’ll playing E2 – D2 – B1 – C2:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 3 - In the first bar, take all the hits on E3 (the higher octave) and make them alternate between two other notes (E3 is now switching from G3 and B2). I’ve done the same for the rest of the bars to create a nice simple melody. Also, notice the direction of the white lines, which indicates the order of the pitches:

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It sounds like this:

 

Now let’s add some nice warm textures to this sound:

 


 3) MAIN BASS


 

STEP 1 –  The bass-line will follow the same 1/8 pattern:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 2 – Now extend this to 4 bars and insert the same progression E – D – B – C:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 3 - Here I’ve moved the last notes from each bar to some higher pitches to create more movement in the bass-line:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 4 - We can get a more interesting sound by pitching one of the oscillators in Sylenth1 by +7 semitones:

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It sounds like this:

 

And this is the bass-line with the main lead:

 


4) Second Lead


 

This element follows a four-bars pattern of some longer notes, that eventually revert to the key of the track in the last two bars:

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It sounds like this:

 


 5) Break Bass


 

The bass from the break-down will play a four bars pattern of the main progression:

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It sounds like this:

 


The End


 

So there you go. Hope you got some inspiration out of this. 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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