In this 4-part tutorial series I show you how to make G-House tracks like Matroda, Malaa, Tchami, Destructo and more.
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Part 1 - Drums
In this first part of this series, I show you how to make the drums in this track.
When it comes to making the drums for bass-driven genres like G-House, Bass House, or Low Bass, the kick is the most important. You need to find a kick that not only fits the vibe of your track, but is also in key.
In Ableton, you can use the Tuner audio effect to assess what key your kick is in. If you, for example, are creating a track in the key of C, try to find a kick tuned to the key of C.
Now that we’ve chosen a solid kick, the clap that goes on top of it will be the second most important. When producing G-House tracks like Matroda, Malaa or Tchami, you want a pretty punchy snare.
Once you find a snappy clap sample you like, make sure you EQ out any low frequencies that would be competing with your kick. If you left these frequencies in there, they would create mud and take energy away from your kick.
One trick I did here to add width to my clap is layer an additional, wide clap on top of it. To do this, I added a Haas effect to my second snare and layered it on top of the first. This helped add some serious width to the snare, and really made my drums much more interesting.
The Hi Hats
Finally, we have our hi hats. G-House producers always use super unique hi hats, so you want to make sure you add some processing to make your unique.
In this tutorial, I added a hi hat processing rack with 2 channels – one completely dry and the other wet.
On the wet channel, I added OTT to bring out the transients of my hats. I then added some slight, small room reverb and simple delay to widen things up.
When layered on top of the dry signal, my hats really began to come to life.
To see all these techniques in action, as well as learn how I created the drum fills in this track, I recommend you watch the full tutorial above.