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.
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.
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'