House Tutorials

House music is a genre of electronic music characterized by a four-on-the-floor kick drum, funky bass lines, staccato rhythm elements, and compression. Its roots are found in disco music. This music originated in the 80's club scene and has been evolving ever since. House music is one of the most popular forms of electronic dance music.

House music tutorials and articles 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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Sub Bass

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Sub Bass, Bass, Drum n Bass, Synth, 808. In most forms of electronic dance music, sub bass synthesizer sounds are used to produce huge, club-worthy bass tones. They are responsible for the stomach-shaking rumble in drum n bass, the smooth vibrations in deep house, and the fat boom in hip hop. Read on to learn how to incorporate sub bass into your next masterpiece.

“Kick Drum & Bass Mixing Techniques” and “Sub Bass” Are Available On SonicTransfer Premium.

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Kick Drum & Bass Mixing Techniques

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Mixing. Bass. Kick Drum. Return Tracks. House. Distortion. Modern electronic music production virtually requires a strong low end. Most often, this frequency space is determined by your song’s kick drum and bass. If you want to write strong, club-worthy songs, then you must master the nuances of low-end mixing. Read on to learn exactly how to do that.

“Kick Drum & Bass Mixing Techniques” and “Sub Bass” Are Available On SonicTransfer Premium.
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Nepheton: 808 Drum Machine VST

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Nothing beats the 808 drum machine for a solid, club-worthy low end kick. Its sound is immediately recognizable in all styles of dance music. It is an essential component of every electronic music producers gear collection. For years, musicians have paid large sums of money for the real thing. But, thanks to the D16 Group you can get Nepheton, a VST instrument that faithfully recreates the 808 sound. Best of all, instead of samples, this VST synthesizes the sounds. This allows you the same sound design flexibility enjoyed by owners of the actual hardware.

Nepheton is a commercial VST recreation of the Roland 808 drum machine. It is available for Windows and Mac OSX. Click here to learn more about the Nepheton.


RTHM: Producer Spotlight

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House, Drum n Bass, Producers. These award-winning producers deserve a special notice here on SonicTransfer. As professional Ableton artists, RTHM’s music demonstrates an enormous range of production tricks. They have created tracks for such talent as Mark Farina, DJ Sneak, The Sound Republic, Joey Youngman, DJ Heather, and many more. All of this experience has made RTHM exceptional music producers.

SonicTransfer is lucky enough to have shared countless hours of studio time with RTHM, and many of their techniques can be found throughout this site. By following the SonicTransfer program, you learn the best production techniques used by professional electronic music producers. For more information on RTHM, click here visit the RTHM home page.


Building A Massive Kick Drum Using SonicTransfer DrumStack

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House, Trance, Hiphop, Drum n Bass, Kick Drum Tutorial. Electronic music productions require strong kick drums. Percussive elements provide the foundation for these music genres and you must master them if you want to produce quality songs. The best way to take control of your drums is to build them yourself. This tutorial will give you the tools and information necessary to reach this goal. For this lesson you will need:

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Free Side Chain Compression for Mac

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Finally, free sidechain compression for Mac OSX producers is now available! Get that house music pumping sound using Teragon Audio’s DualComp VST Compressor.

UPDATE: The SSS Side Chain Compressor is now available for Mac OS X. You should definitely check it out, because there have been complaints about the DualComp’s sound quality. Click here to download the SSS Side Chain Compressor.


Read a DualComp Compressor Tutorial.

Learn how to Install the DualComp Compressor on a Mac

You can download the DualComp Compressor using the links below.

Download DualComp Compressor for Mac OSX

Download DualComp Compressor for Windows


How to Use Distortion in Electronic Music Production

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VST Distortion Tutorial on Ableton Live, Mixing, Return Tracks, Boogex. Distortion is used by electronic music producers on basslines, synthesizers, drums, and even entire songs. It is a vital tool that can give your music a much rougher, louder sound. While distortion is often used during mixing, this SonicTransfer.com tutorial will focus on using distortion during music production. To follow this tutorial you will need:

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Electronic Music Reference: Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music

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For electronic music producers, sometimes it is hard to describe exactly what kind of music you write. If you are looking to find the genre that best describes your sound, check out Ishkur’s guide by clicking the link below.

Click here to visit Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music.



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