Electro House Tutorial Day 6: Arranging the Electro House Song [7 Day Song]
Hi! I’m Dave from boyinaband.com, and welcome to day 5 of my seven day song tutorial on Electro House.
In day 5, I added in a catchy vocal hook, provided by my homegirl Emmie from GraphicsGirl.co.uk! Today in day 6, I’ll be turning the parts we’ve got into a song, talking a bit about the arrangement of a conventional Electro House song and also teaching you how to add filter sweeps to the whole track.
Okay! Let’s begin.
I’ll start by explaining a bit about the structure of a conventional Electro House song -
It’ll have an Intro / build up / chorus / verse / build again / chorus again (usually longer) / outro
Since last time I’ve turned the loop into a song, so I’ll explain why I’ve put things where I have.
The intro is very minimalistic – this is so the DJ can mix it in from the previous track. Too much melody means it might clash with the key of the previous song, so try to keep the melodic elements to a minimum.
The build up is when you start bringing in your first hook, maybe teasing the listener about what is coming up in the chorus.
The Chorus should be where everything kicks off – make sure it’s loud. I know some producers that reduce the volume of the rest of their track, then bring it up during the choruses just so they hit that bit harder.
Next is a verse – often removing the drums so they can kick back in at a later point – one of the best ways to control the energy level of the track is by bringing in and out the kick drum.
Then the second build I’ll do an extra 2 bar break, into an extended chorus, with the vocal hook as well as the lead synth in order to just build the track to a peak.
The outro is the point at which you start breaking down the elements of the music for a DJ to mix in the next song – eventually just leading down to the minimalistic drumbeat again, possibly crashing out at the end so if it’s being mixed, it’ll feel like the next song has crashed in.
For a Club mix, you’ll tend to make each section longer – maybe double in length, as those mixes are generally about twice as long as the mixes made for mainstream radio airplay.
Finally, you might notice here that I’ve got an extra track lane in the sequencer. This is the Filter track lane – take a listen to what it’s doing. Sweet huh? I’ll remove it and show you how to apply the filter.
Right click on the mastering suite – this is where the whole signal is going through, then create an ECF-42 Envelope Controlled Filter. Set it to Low Pass mode, and set the Resonance to 32 – the resonance is what will give the high pitched part of the filter sweep sound. Now, the frequency is what will control the filter sweep – so we want to automate it!
Right click the Frequency and click “edit automation”. Now, using the pencil tool, draw in the automation envelope. Draw it so it starts off at around 30, otherwise there’ll be nothing coming through at all – at this point you’ll get that effect where it sounds like the music is coming through a wall or from inside a club or from underwater, or through a wall that’s inside an underwater club.
And there you have it – your Electro House loop is now an Electro House song! Join me tomorrow for the last day, Day 7 of the Electro House Tutorial where I’ll teach you how to mix and master an Electro House song, and show you the final finished Electro House 7 day song! Then you can post your songs as video responses and I’ll check them out and give them any constructive criticism I can offer!
See you tomorrow!