How to Make Epic Future Bounce

Future Bounce is a type of EDM that combines elements of Future House, Bass House, and Electro House. Its sound is high energy, carried by driving beats, and catchy melodies. Another feature of Future Bounce is that tracks often have distorted basslines, syncopated rhythms, and vocal samples.

It came about in the early 2010s and quickly became one of the most popular subgenres of EDM. Some of the most popular artists include Brooks, Don Diablo, KSHMR, and Tiesto. So, would you like to make an epic future bounce track? You can with the help of a tutorial that shows you how to do it. 

What are the Steps in Making a Future Bounce Track?

It’s pretty simple when you understand the different elements that come together and by following these steps, you can experiment with your own tracks.

Step 1: The Melody

Set the BPM to 128. Then make the melody. To give the song that future bounce style swing, use the swing knob. This will play some notes off beat giving a swing effect, which works really well in bounce. Put it at ~50% .

The key will be F# Minor, so start on F#. Then play around until you get something nice. When you finish the melody, add a variation.

Step 2: Making the Bass Notes

Now make the bass notes and make the leads. It’s better to use a lot of different layers to make the sound you want. Try these:

  • Chakra lead
  • Noisy Supersaw
  • Dirty saw
  • Lead from lynx
  • Clicky lead
  • Saw lead
  • Supersaw lead
  • Another supersaw
  • Supersaw one-shot
  • Vocal lead
  • Supersaw Lead
  • More supersaw
  • Pluck lead

When these are all together, drop the leads.

Step 3: Mixing it Up

For the mixing use:

  • Equalizer
  • Soundgoodizer
  • Saturation
  • OTT
  • After EQ
  • Main Reeverb
  • Automated Reeverb
  • DJM Filter
  • Sidechain

Automate the reeverb wet level as this can fill up the empty spots in the sound.

Step 4: Making the Chords

Next up, make the chords which are actually very basic. In this case, they add harmony and fullness to the track.

Use these layers:

  • Piano and Guitar
  • String chord
  • Drop chords

Step 5: Making the Bass

Now it’s time to make the bass, which is very important when making future bounce. Slide notes give the bass more energy.

Use these 7 layers:

  • Grunge Bass
  • Classic Bounce Bass
  • Bass with attack
  • Another grunge bass
  • Brooks bass
  • Sub bass
  • One-shot bass
  • One-shot bass 2

Then Drop Bass.

Step 6: Time for the Drums

The drums consist of:

  • Kick drum
  • Pre-shifted clap 1
  • Pre-shifted clap 2
  • Pre-shifted clap 3
  • Drop clap
  • Hi-Hat
  • Drum Loop 1
  • Drum Loop 2
  • FX
  • Full drums and FX
  • Drums and FX

The drop is done!

Step 7: Time for the Build Up

Now we’ll make the build up. Add a lot of drums and FX to make it big and add plucks to introduce the main melody, then add in some build up plucks. Don’t forget to add a pad for ambiance and also be sure to introduce the drop leads with a filter (filter automation).

Crowds dancing to future bounce EDM

Mastering the Art of Future Bounce: Essential Production Tips

  • Use distortion and saturation to add grit and character to your sounds

Future Bounce is known for its distorted basslines and leads, so don’t be afraid to push your sounds a bit.

  • Experiment with different rhythms and time signatures.

 It’s a versatile genre, so experimentation is the way to go.

  • Use automation to create movement and interest in your tracks. 

You can automate things like volume, panning, and effects to create a more dynamic and engaging sound.

  • Add vocals and samples to your tracks to add personality and character.

Future Bounce tracks often feature vocal samples and other samples, so get creative!

  • Sidechain your drums to your bass. 

This will help to create space in your mix and make your bassline more prominent.

  • Use a limiter on your master channel. 

It will help to prevent your track from clipping and make it more professional.

Presets and Samples

The tutorial used Elevation, which is the ultimate Future Bounce sample pack, inspired by artists like Brooks, Mike Williams, Mesto, and Dirty Palm. It contains over 350 samples, 150 presets, and 5 Future Bounce FLPs, giving you everything you need to create your own epic Future Bounce tracks.

How is Future Bounce Different from other EDM?

Well, very simply, as the genre changes, so will the tempo (beats per minute), the bassline,  the melody and the vocals.  Have a look at the table below for how different subgenres compare.

GenreTempo (BPM)BasslineMelodyVocals
Future Bounce128Distorted and syncopatedCatchy and upbeatOften
Deep House120-125Muted and subbyChill and atmosphericRarely
Progressive House120-125Deep and melodicEvolving and complexSometimes
Electro House125-130Big and energeticSimple and catchySometimes
Trap130-140Hard-hitting and distortedRepetitive and catchyOften
Comparing Sub-Genres of EDM

Future Bounce is a unique and exciting genre of EDM that is perfect for producers who want to create high-energy, catchy tracks. By following the steps in this tutorial, you can start creating your own epic Future Bounce tracks today.

Remember to use distortion and saturation to add grit and character to your sounds, experiment with different rhythms and time signatures, use automation to create movement and interest, and add vocals and samples to add personality and character.

With a little practice, you’ll get the crowd moving in no time!