I read a real helpful article to help any producers out there.
1. A lot of deep house's vibe comes from its rhythm. While the drum patterns don't generally deviate much from the 4/4 template, leaving them straight makes them sound too robotic. To give them a more human feel - à la Chris Brann's Ananda Project - you can apply 16th-note swing quantisation or some more sophisticated groove quantisation if your sequencer supports it. Analysing live drum breaks will give you a more human feel than straight quantisation, though you'll probably find that keeping the kicks dead on the beat works best.
2. While programming riffs and chord progressions with a mouse is convenient if you can't play the keyboard - and handy for tricky stuff, of course - you should at least give the old-fashioned live approach a try. Mistakes can always be corrected later using your sequencer's MIDI editor, and you might be surprised at how much better your sequences sound when you've played rather than programmed them. Plenty of top producers swear by the 'human touch' to inject a bit of life and soul into their tracks.
3. A very commonly used sound in deep house music is the electric piano. While it's possible to spend hundreds of pounds on a commercial electric piano emulation, there are some superb free plug-ins out there that are more than capable of doing the job. Check out the latest version of MrRay if you don't believe us.
4. If you want to create an authentic electric piano sound, it's crucial that you use the right effects. Check out the Kjaerhus Classic Series - the Auto-Filter effect in particular can be used to add movement and feeling to an electric piano sound. Start out with the Panning Notch preset and turn the LFO Rate up to around 1.5Hz. Then add the Kjaerhus Delay and Reverb plug-ins in that order. Turn the Dir/Eff level of the reverb down to make it sound more intimate.
5. If your chords don't have enough body, you can make them bigger by doubling them with another instrument. Even if the part you double it with is extremely quiet (you don't want it to overpower the original chords), it can still add character and definition.
6. You need to ensure that you're properly utilising space in the stereo image when you're creating deep house, and a stereo imaging plug-in can make this a lot easier. Try installing mda Image and turning the S Width value up to 200% for an extra wide stereo image that'll give your tracks a widescreen feel.
7. Another thing to try with mda Image is to turn the S Width down to 0%. This will 'mono-fy' the signal and enable you to place it precisely in the stereo panorama using your sequencer's pan control. This can be useful when you want to accurately position percussion sounds in the stereo mix.
8. When using doubled parts in this manner, you can use the stereo space to create different feels. Try doubling the Mr Ray electric piano with something else, using mda Image to increase the stereo spread of Mr Ray and mono-fying the other patch. This will keep the electric piano vibes rolling around the stereo field while retaining a lot of definition in the centre of the mix.
"If your chords don't have enough body, you can make them bigger by doubling them with another instrument."9. Effects are generally used quite sparsely in Deep House, so those that you do use need to be up to scratch or they'll stick out like sore thumbs. Reverbs, then delays are the most commonly used - if you're in need of a high quality reverb try Ambience and for delay, give Big Tick's Dual Delay. Both are free and cross-platform.
10. If you're using reverb or delay send effects on sounds that have a large amount of low end, you can curtail the amount of bass output from the send effect by adding a high-pass filter at any point of the effect chain.
This Sunday's gig in Waterford is a most if you are a music fan of uality House Music.
POSH:funk are back with the last all day session of the year SEPTEMBER 25TH, after a very long season on the terrace with POSH:funk running 8 all day sessions starting paddys day, this is going to be the very last all day session of 2011.
Since its the last one of the year we are really gonna go out with a bang, in total their are gong to be 11 hours of top quality house music with 15 djs spinning throughout the day and night. We will also we getting a massive TURBO SOUND SYSTEM outside and later that night we will have our FUNKTION ONE inside. As always you can see we are doing everything we can to make this a fantastic all round day for the music lovers who support all our nights :) this is our way of saying thanks.
The line up for the TERRACE goes as follows Alan Keane who will be making his POSH:funk debut, Colin Power who will also be making his POSH:funk debut, Jonny Phelan, Tony Nolan and Kieran Bolger, Chris Grace, Daz and Martin, and Skelly and Will Power who will be doing a back to back set to finish off day.
At 10.30 the party continues in the basement with Deep Intensions, Ray C, Paul Bryan Llyod Kenny and Victor John Junior.
All of this entertainment is just 5 euro for the whole day :) We really hope you can make it down for one last dance on the TERRACE for 2011, for what has the makings of a fantastic day.
UAP is a synergy between two well-known DJ's born from a passion for music and the need to expand it in different genres and give free rein to their creativity without having to maintain a constant line. Each production will captures the spirit of both DJs while the first release, due out on Paul's Boutique, will contain the remixes of Andre Butano & Miguel Lobo and Allen. Watch out these guys!!
Supported by Danny Tenaglia, Dj Sneak, Karotte, Larsen & Luca Marano, Marco Carola, Paco Osuna, Paolo Martini, Ralf, Miguel Garji (Ibiza Global Radio), Alex Flatner, Arado, Butch, Alex Piccini, Dan Drastic, Daniel Sanchez, David Labeji, Den Ishu, Francisco Allendes, Gel Abril, Lauhaus, Leon, Monika Kruse, Pirupa, Sebastian Roya, El Mundo & Satori, SIS, Doomwork, Hugo, Clio, Dj Kool Dek, Jesse Perez, Luca Agnelli, Mendo, Onno, Tripmastaz, Anhanguera, Keemani, Nice 7, Pizeta, youANDme and many more!
Bought some deluxe house music over the weekend.
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