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Old 12-06-2013, 09:12 PM   #1
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What to include in progressive house?

What should I include in progressive house? What should the synth sound like and what should the drop be like? All help is very appriciated!

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Old 12-06-2013, 09:15 PM   #2
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Re: What to include in progressive house?

Well, as the name suggests, it's 'progressive', so it's all about gradual progression and building and releasing of tension, rather than "the drop". Start with a basic drum beat and a good chord progression, and build from there.

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Re: What to include in progressive house?

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Re: What to include in progressive house?

Type in "Matisse & Sadko - Svenska (Original Mix) in YouTube.

It's a track which includes, in my opinion, a traditional progressive house synth, and the build-up is also typical the genre.

Enjoy the sound of Matisse & Sadko!
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Re: What to include in progressive house?

What a funny thread.

You should listen to some progressive house and include what you hear.

Edit: and if what you make doesn't wind up being prog house, just go with it anyway, it'll be okay.

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Re: What to include in progressive house?

There is like a standard arrangement for EDM itself, and progressive house is no exception.

Start with your drumloop, give it like 32 bars - that's for DJs to mix in.
After that, break it down and introduce your melody and build up to your main part, again like 32 bars.
Drop it into your main part and give it like 32-64 bars.
Now, to keep things going, another break into another melody that differs completely from the rest and builds up to the second main part, again like 32 bars.
Pop the second main part, give it again like 32-64 bars.
Lastly unbuild everything and let the drums solo again (for mixing puposes), 32 bars, as usual.

With that rule you should end up with about 6-8min at 128 bpm.
Keep in mind that this is just a guideline, not the actual recipe.

When it comes to Instruments, listen to progressive house and just hear what's popular. Very common are pianos, saw-ish sounds and plucky instruments/sounds.
A good VST is Nexus2 by ReFX.

Effetcs should be nice cutoff automations, white noise, things like that.

Oh, yeah. Chords are normally minor. For chord progression, check out autochords.com, that should help a lot if you don't know much about playing piano.


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Re: What to include in progressive house?

The name of the genre tells it all. Make it build. Make it simple and melodic too. Progressive house is sometimes very easy to make. Sometimes it's three or four sounds, a drum loop, a kick, and some simple automation clips.
Make the main sound build in with a 16-32 bar automation clips, and have more sounds come in every 8 or 16 bars to keep things lively.
On the main chorus and on the last 16 to 8 bars of the build up bring in the bass. If you do during the buildup I recommend bringing it in slowly and have another sound ready to pop into the main chorus to make it exciting.
As for drums, progressive house is normally soft and melodic to listen to. You don't want some extreme hard hitting kick and snare. A light kick with a good mellow bass, a clap that registers mainly in the 7-10khz range (my preference) and, some good hi hats that should be boosted a little in the 200-300hz range.
But this is all just basic stuff, there is no exact guide for making any genre of music it is all trial and error and learning what sounds good.
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Re: What to include in progressive house?

A lot of progressive house synths nowadays are saws, could be thin sounding or not, layered with a bright piano. try that out. A little white noise on top never hurt and a hint of reverb on your piano and saw can go a long way

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