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Old 10-05-2017, 08:04 PM   #1
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Giving Tech House tracks a dark tone

Hi all,

I've been listening to some tech house tracks that have been released recently and am wondering how to achieve that dark tone that you hear in a lot of these tracks. For example, two that I think have that dark tone are "Sending Love" by Tuff London and "The Golden Boy" by Egyptian Lover (Latmun remix). I compared my recent one to some of the ones out there and it definitely is too "bright" and sharp compared to these other tracks. How do you achieve that dark tone in a tech house track but still retain a clear crisp sound? I tried adjusting a low pass filter on some of my instruments but it just sounds muddled. Is it just a matter of adjusting distortion on instruments and then pulling out the highs? If so how do you keep it sounding clear and crisp? Thanks for all your replies.

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Re: Giving Tech House tracks a dark tone

Detuning and minor 7ths?

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Re: Giving Tech House tracks a dark tone

Have the high-frequency instruments play less often. Maybe in half-time. This gives the high frequencies some "breathing room" and allows people to hear more of reverb tails etc. Also 7ths and other fancy chords. When it comes to sound design, use square/triangle waveforms instead of saws, and don't make things too fat and warm.

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Re: Giving Tech House tracks a dark tone

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll try them out.
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Re: Giving Tech House tracks a dark tone

On both of these tracks I feel that a lot of those "darker" elements are really brought out by the percussion being a little darker. Try transposing different percussions elements by -3 -5 semitones and see what you get. Like Blingley said don't utilize the highs as much, maybe even look at automating the top of the eq on certain instruments as well, to maybe roll it off on trigger and bring it back in? Just a thought.
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Re: Giving Tech House tracks a dark tone

Careful what you put in your mid to mid-highs. Chords if they aren't plucked can kill the dark mood but not always though. You could lower the high shelf or low passing some of the instruments eq,
Percussion can make something sound darker or brighter tonally or rhythmically. White noise with less of the laser sound can give a sort of gritty darker movie feel. Try a more muffled low end bass that leaves out most metal poppy pluck sounds. Minors, diminished, augmented, 7ths chords can help with the darkness. If you use a major chord try not to sit on it too long. Let the lower ambience really shine through, so don't clutter the higher register.

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