How to produce a Modern Deep Garage House track in Ableton

Modern Deep House techniques and production course
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  • Lectures 14
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

This course is for those who wish to explore the modern deep house musical genre within Ableton Live 9. This course is structured in a simple and easy to follow manner by importing single drum hits and arranging them to create an original beat pattern. The course then progresses into bass line creation within the Operator rack. We then begin to add other sounds such as an arpeggio and some more percussive sounds. An additional bass line sound is added with the use of a third party vst which can be downloaded for free. We then go through to the final arrangement and mix down. We also explore a basic mastering session to bring the tutorial to an end by using various plug ins within Ableton. The materials used in this are digital samples such as pre-recorded drum hits, a chord pad sample which we will tune to the key of the track and an organ bass sound where we will assign that sound to the keyboard via the simpler and then play in some rhythmic patterns and bass lines.

You should take this course if you want to try a new genre or if you are interested in Dance Music as a producer but not quite sure where to start. This course is suitable for those who have more than a basic knowledge of Ableton.


It lasts for around 2 hours and by the end of it you will have an advanced knowledge of how to create this type of music using the correct effects and the appropriate techniques which are applied to the arrangement of the track.

What are the requirements?

  • All students must download the samples pack within this course and two third party plug ins which are downloadable within the course lectures

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Produce and mix a full composition within the deep house musical genre
  • Learn how to layer specific sounds on top of each other
  • Be able to produce an original sounding beat with individual drum hits

What is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for those who have an advanced knowledge of Ableton Live and for those who wish to gain an insight into this type of music

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Curriculum

Section 1: Video Introduction
02:21

This course is a tutorial on how to produce a Deep House record with various techniques and styles put together to complete a full track ready for a DJ set or a live remix performance in Ableton Live 9 software. The course is structured in separate lessons starting with the importing of sounds and drum hits, bass line creation, third party plug in synth production all the way to a fully arranged composition. This tutorial requires some basic knowledge of Ableton and will give you the insight into how to progress with this type of dance music genre. It gives you the techniques on how to manipulate sounds and has creative ways of chopping up vocal samples and adding various key sounds to build up the track in its entirety. When you begin lesson one you will need to download the sample pack which is embedded within the first lecture.

15:37

The first lesson shows you how to import drum sample hits in order to create a drum pattern using waves and the Ableton Drum rack plug in. You need to follow the google drive link in this tutorial in order to begin the course. There are two folders within that zip file which you need to download ready for importing.

11:18

Here we begin to create the bass from scratch using a simple tone in Operator and manipulating it into a full FM Bass sound. We also begin to add some synths to the track using a third party plug in to create an arpeggio pattern. Finally we will add a chord pad synth sample and key it to the track and do some other processing such as looping and adding release and sustain to the sound to make it a fully playable synth

10:31

Here we will add some vocal snippets and recreate them using a sampler where we can manipulate the vocals in order to fit into the track. The vocal will be converted from audio to midi and is then mapped out on the keyboard automatically so that we can perform a rhythmic pattern to fit the track.

09:43

Here we will add a sub bass synth vst and an organ bassline for the second phase of the track. Be sure to download the Tal Bass Line synth in the link here on this lecture and install the DLL file to your vst folder. Here we will process the sound to create a deep sub bass.

07:23

This lesson we add a real viola string sample and record in a simple pattern using the simpler. This will be done by importing a string sample and fitting it into the key of the track. We will then add some eq to remove the bottom end of the sound to make it thinner so that it fits into the mix.

10:39

Here we begin to lay out the structure of the track for the arrangement. We will start with the beats and work our way up to the first breakdown of the track.

12:33

Continuing with the arrangement we will be moving towards the full body of the track which will lead us upto the middle section where we will add the next bass line and the main drop.

10:08

This part of the arrangement will be focusing on the organ bass line section of the track where we will combine the two sections of the composition together.

12:34

The final part of the arrangement will be taking us to the end of the track. We will do some editing of sounds and go back to the main body of the track where it will breakdown to just beats for a DJ friendly style of ending.

05:50

Here we will render midi files and convert them over to audio waves for the mix down. This is to help save on cpu and to give us more volume to work with as a wave file can be processed louder than midi.

13:33

Here we will begin the mix down process where we start with beats and work our way though to the different layers of sound. I have also included here screen shot images of the EQ settings that I have applied to the main instruments.

13:13

Completing the mix for a finished product. I have also added screen shot images of the eq settings I have applied for the main parts. 

07:27

Here we will perform a basic mastering session to get the levels of the track raised and to tweak some frequencies in order to get a final wave file for a finished product. Here we will be using plug ins such as a compressor, Multi band Dynamics and a limiter.

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Instructor Biography

Rob Webster, Waxadisc Digital Dance Music Tutorials

My name is Rob Webster and I am a professional record producer and record label owner.

I create and teach people how to produce music of various genres and to hopefully pass on my knowledge and experience to others who wish to become producers. My courses are mostly within the Ableton software with the use of various 3rd party plug ins and I teach a whole range of different genres ranging from Techno to Chill Out music. My courses are very easy and simple to follow with many different learning techniques such as playing the keyboards and chord structure through to editing and audio mixing. You can read my biography below, thank you.


I have been a DJ since 1993 and I have been producing records since 1999.I have had several chart hits and remixes worldwide. My first big hit in the UK charts was in 1999 and was called "Everybody" under the artist name "The Boy Wunda" This was released on Manifesto Records which is a part of Mercury/Universal Music, and reached number 1 in the UK Club Charts and number 7 in the official UK charts and the top 40 all across Europe. You can view the track on Youtube. My second hit was a remix for Pop group "Atomic Kitten" called "See Ya" and that went to number 6 in the UK in 2000. After this I remixed a track called "The Ghetto" by "The Rhythm Masters" under the name "Soul Glow" and this went to number 1 in Pete Tongs Radio One club chart back in 2002. Since 2005 I have ran several record labels on the internet, but since 2009 I have successfully been in charge of "Cold Rockin Records" which releases mainly Disco House Music. I have recorded under many different artist names for this label. The main one being "Area Social" and I have had over 30 releases go into the top ten download sales chart at digital stores such as Junodownload. My album under the Area Social name went to number 8 in the sales chart in 2011. I also run another label called "Traxscape" which release Chill Out Music and I have had two albums out on that and several pieces form the first album have been used in scientific documentaries.I now as of 2016 run a Disco House record label called "Waxadisc" I have also just had a number one in the junodownload sales chart with a track called "Bionic Love" as Robjamweb for the world famous record label"Editorial". Recently I had a track go to the top chart spot again at Juno Download called "You Know How" and a brand new ep called the Cosmic Soul ep which came out on Masterworks Music. So I constantly keep releasing my own material as well as teach other producers.

The names below are some of the works I have and still record under. You can find all of my work on the internet.


Robjamweb

Area Social

The Boy Wunda

Filthy Filtered Disco Freek

Rob Webster

Dakota Soul


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