Let’s produce 01: Future House Vibe

 Hello producers, how’s it going? As we’re moving away from video tutorials to what seem to be, more practical, text & image based tutorials, we decided to start a new series: Let’s produce. Each week (hopefully) or at least every two weeks we’ll cover a different vibe. In this one, we’ll be looking at a simple Future House vibe. So leave your requests at hi@promusicproducers.com! Note that this is not a sound design post, we’ll do this in a different series.

The post is structured in 3 parts: Drums, Bass, Chords and Lead. We’ll use Ableton Live 9 as our workstation, but you can follow this with any DAW. Okay then, let’s start!


1) DRUMS


STEP 1 – We’ll use a tempo of 124 BPM. The KICK will follow the standard pattern whilst the CLAP and SNARE will play on the 2nd and 4th beat. Note that the CLAP is triggered one more time, just before the end of the second bar:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 2 – Just an EQ-Eight and a small Reverb on the CLAP:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 3 – Standard off-beat pattern for 2x OPEN HIHATS. Note the extra off-grid hit played with a lower velocity, just before the end of the bar:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 4 – Let’s add a CLOSED HAT on-beat, triggered at different velocity settings:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 5 – Add a small Reverb on the hats:

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It sounds like this:

 

What we have so far:

 


 2) BASS


 

STEP 1 – Create a new clip, one bar long. We’ll use the D# key to write the following pattern. Note that we used side-chain compression on the sub layer:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 2 – Extend the length of the clip to 2 bars. Insert a descending progression towards G#:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 3 – Let’s do something different on the first two beats. Instead of playing the two 3/16 D# notes, we’ll shorten these to 1/8 and play them on the first beat. Also, shift the off-beat D# one octave lower, and add an extra hit off-grid for some swing:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 4 – Shift the last G# from the second bar to C#:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 5 – Duplicate these 2 bars so we can add some variations in the last bar. For example, shift again the last G# from the 4th bar, but this time to A#:

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The bass-line sounds like this:

This is the sub layer:

This is higher layer:

What we have some far:

 


 3) CHORDS & LEAD


 

 

STEP 1 – For chords, just copy and paste the MIDI clip from the bass track:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 2  – Copy the same structure 7 semitones higher:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 3 – Add the root notes one octave lower:

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It sounds like this:

 

STEP 4 – The lead is just a square wave oscillator with automation on the low-pass filter:

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It sounds like this:

 

Drums, Chords and Lead:

 

So this is what we made:


 

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22 replies on “Let’s produce 01: Future House Vibe

  • Mark Jay

    This site is awesome, keep up the good work! What osc / settings are you using in massive for”Future House Vibe – SUB LAYER” sounds lovely – the ones in Deep House Basslines are slightly different

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  • Dan Bond

    Hi i was just curious, is there any possibility you could do a tutorial on creating a sound design tutorial for these sounds. This would be very beneficial as i am finding it very difficult to retreat these sounds.

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    • pmp

      Hi Daniel!

      Tough question, maybe you could be more specific :)

      So far, in the posts covering Future House, I’ve only used portamento style leads (like in the second track in the Future House Dissected post). That one was playing just one note, in two different octaves, but the glide makes it interesting. The lead used in this post is playing a single note, but it has some movement on the filter which makes it interesting too.

      My point is that I’ve used them just to add some sort of melodic element to the main sound. But they’re only playing one note, like a string, so they won’t affect the bass-line progression; after all, it’s all about the bass in this genre.

      There is a melodic lead in the fourth track from the Future House Dissected post, but that’s because the main track is more melodic. That one has some pitch automation on the oscillators.

      So it depends on your track. Let me know if any of this makes sense, or if you have a more specific question.

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  • Stefanie

    Hi, I really like the tutorial but I cant get near you “Bass” sound (future house), how do I create such an awsome sound?
    Another thing, is there a pack where I can get all the samples and what is with the sidechain effect?

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    • pmp

      Hi Stefanie! Thank you for your comment.

      There is no sample pack yet, we’re working on that right now. You should also expect to see a tutorial on producing Future House Bass sounds in Massive, in a few weeks.

      I am not sure about what you mean with the sidechain effect. If you do not know the term, search for a sidechain compression tutorial online. In this example, it was only applied to the sub-bass layer.

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  • Tom

    I am just starting with producing and making future house on Ableton but this is so helpful and inspirational. I love it!

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