French House Tutorials

French house is a style of house music featuring funky basslines, prominent use filters, and, often times, samples of old funk & disco records. Key artists are Daft Punk, Cassius, Alan Braxe, Justice, and Modjo.

French house articles and tutorials are listed below.

Popular French House Samples

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French House, Samples, House, Video, Daft Punk. It is well known that many French House hits are the result of clever remix work. Now there is a video to showcase before-and-after french house production results. Click the link below to see a YouTube clip that demonstrates the sampling practices of Daft Punk, Cassius, Modjo, Stardust, and more.

Video of Samples used by Daft Punk, Cassius, Modjo, and other French House Artists.

Video of Samples used by Buffalo Bunch and others. This video does a nice job of demonstrating the looping and editing techniques used by lots of house remix artists.

Better Compression Using an Oscilloscope

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Compression, Mixing, Side Chain Compression, House, Tutorial, Oscilloscope. In the old days, mixing engineers would study the volume meters as they danced along the console. By playing back well-mixed songs, these early pioneers learned how to read proper song dynamics. This skill is invaluable when trying to understand and utilize compression. This article discusses a modern approach to developing the same talent cultivated in the old masters: the ability to create pleasing dynamic compression. For this tutorial you will need:

  1. A VST Host (Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase, Digidesign Protools, etc.)
  2. S(m)execope VST/AU Oscilloscope. Download S(m)execope for Windows / Mac OS X.

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6 Bass Sequencing Tricks From Daft Punk

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Daft Punk Bass Tutorial on MIDI Sequencing. One of the best ways to learn about producing music is to see the actual notes used to make other people’s songs. This process allows you to discover the thousands of tiny adjustments needed to produce a strong bassline, intricate drum track, or a moving piano solo. This tutorial will show you the notation for one of the funkiest basslines in modern house music: Daft Punk’s Around The World. For this lesson you will need:

  • A music composition program capable of MIDI sequencing. (e.g. Ableton Live, Propellerhead Reason, Cubase, etc.)

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How To Use Side Chain Compression

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Sidechain Compression Tutorial, Sidechaining, SSS Side Chain Compressor. The whole french house scene is practically defined by a signature sound. While the music itself is very different, every track seems to have this really loud sound. Some DJ’s call it a “push, pull”, “breathing”, or “suction” sound. It isn’t just artistry that creates this signature sound, it’s a lot of studio magic. That magic has a name: Sidechaining. After reading this tutorial, you’ll know exactly how to do it.

To follow this lesson you will need:

  1. A VST Host (e.g. Ableton Live, Cubase, Pro Tools, etc.)
  2. SSS Stereo Side Chain Compressor – Free VST Compressor (now for Windows and OS X). Click here to get the SSS Stereo Side Chain Compressor.

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SSS Side Chain Compressor – Free VST for Windows & OS X

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SSS Side Chain Compressor ScreenshotThere are very few free compressors that support sidechaining. The SSS Side Chain Compressor makes it extremely easy to get the ducking sound made famous by french house producers like Daft Punk. Click the link below to download the SSS Side Chain Compressor.

SSS Side Chain Compressor – Free Windows VST

NEW OS X Version! SSS Side Chain Compressor – Free Mac OS X VST & AU (The download link is in middle of the page).