Deep House Music Production Tips (Part 1)

Are you looking to create the right feel and vibe for your next deep house mix track? This guide will look at all the various elements and discuss ways to make them sounding like they should.

The drum designs in this kind of music generally don’t move from the standard 4/4 pattern but just leaving them quantised and straight will cause a very unnatural feeling track. To cure this you will have to produce a few swing. This might be achieved by including a simple 16th notice quantisation out of your sequencer. A more natural texture is available if you disable the quantise in your routine and manually add just a little swing yourself. This may be readily achieved by either bringing the very first snare of the pub slightly before or after the conquer and leaving the second because it is or departing the first and transferring the second round very marginally. Spend a little experimentation with this to get the sense that you like. It is very likely that as the trail grows you will want to make readjustments.

Again this can give a more natural feel to the track. Feeling the rhythm in your fingers as you perform is a great way to add life to the track and include groove and timings that you may have missed if only programming using a mouse. By recording a range of takes this way you will also probably come up with a few slight variations which will be good for keep the trail interesting as it grows. Obviously you are going to want to go into your editor afterwards and tighten this up. You might choose to quantise your performance that’s fine but once you have completed that twist the quantise away and move several notes to come before or after the beat to keep everything sounding”tight” and organic.

A particularly common noise in deep house music is the electric piano. There are a few extremely good plug ins that are able to emulate this such as Native Instruments B4 but your DAW should have a good example in its preset library. Another option is to search the internet for a totally free ware vst. There are quite a few extremely good examples available which are readily available that you download gratis.

Next you will want to see to the sound. Use an auto filter and place the LFO speed to around 1.5Hz to bring some movement than add a small delay and reverb, then you will need to mess around with the setting for it to sit right in your mixture.

When creating your chords, consider using 7th’s, 9th’s, 11th’s, and 13th’s instead of simply standard triads as these will give you a lot more of that deep house flavour and do not be afraid to layer your sounds to give them a little more body and texture. If it’s possible to use a stereo plug in then raise the width of the piano while keeping the other patch centred, this can help to increase the size of your manufacturing.