Creating an Electro House Groove in Logic Pro, Part 1

Start your week on a groovy note (sic) with this awesome two-part tutorial on creating an EDM House Groove using Logic Pro by Darren Burgos. (Part 2 coming tomorrow).  

In this two part tutorial, I'll be showing you how to create an Electro House groove (drums and bass). This first part will be focussing on the drums only, and the next one will be on the bass line. Here's a sample of what we'll be creating after part 1 and 2 are completed:



So what is Electro House? In my opinion the genre has changed dramatically over the last few years. It went from being a hybrid of 80s inspired elements mixed with house, to being heavily influenced by distorted Dubstep type sounds. Today, it represents a harder/heavier type of house music. Even if you have no interest in making Electro House, follow along anyway... You might learn a technique or two you can apply to your genre of choice.


Step 1 - Kick: Get the Kick Sound

Let's dive right in and start to work out the drums for this piece. Open a new Logic project, create a new software instrument track, and pick an Ultrabeat. Choose the Trance Kit 02 preset. This Hard Kick (at the very bottom) sound will be the body of our kick. I actually think this kick is one of Ultrabeat's only solid dance kicks. It has an excellent bass vibration, that very few other kicks in Ultrabeat have (without major EQ surgery). Change the tempo to 128 BPM.

Trance Kit 02 preset.


Step 2 - Kick: Add a Second Kick Layer

A lot of Electro House kicks have an acoustic vibe to them. We'll want to add an acoustic kick on top of the Hard Kick sound, but filter out the lows so it only adds highs to the combination. Click the import button at the top of Ultrabeat. 

Import button.


Go into the Drum Kits category, click Broken Beat Kit 01, then on the Open button. If you're not familiar with doing this, it allows you to import individual drum sounds into any of the visible slots. Grab the 'High Kick'

Darren started making music on computers when he was a teenager in 1987. His first computer was an Amiga, and when he realized the power of computer-based production, his addiction for making electronic music began. Darren switched to Mac in 1994 and started using Logic Pro. He's been involved in many music projects over the years incl... Read More

Discussion

Gary Hiebner
Excellent article Darren! Can't wait to see Part 2!
Christian L
I agree... Thanks Darren!
Darren Burgos
I'm glad you guys like it! Part two is up now. :)
Mat Monteiro
Great Darren! As you said, even if Electro house is not my genre, i've learned a couple of very useful and interesting things out of this.

Thanks a lot!
AKA Adam
This article was awesome super easy to follow and re create the sounds. It's especially useful to have a recording in the article so you can make sure you're doing it right. I did notice between step 9 and 12 you switched from drum and bass kit 1 to drum and bass kit 2. Thanks!

Adam

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