Slap house is a subgenre of house music that has exploded in popularity in recent years. Known for its catchy melodies, slapping bass sounds, and radio-friendly vocals, it has become a favourite among fans and producers alike.
In this article, we’ll walk you through the basics of slap house production, from creating the signature bass sound to arranging your track, all with the help of a tutorial that takes us through the process.
What are Key Elements of Slap House?
- Use the slapping bass sound:
The slapping bass sound is the signature sound of slap house.
- Keep the melodies catchy:
The tracks are known for their catchy melodies, which are often simple and repetitive, but they are effective at getting stuck in your head.
- Use radio-friendly vocals:
The vocals are often radio-friendly and easy to sing along to, and they often have a pop or R&B influence.
- Add energy and excitement:
It’s a genre that is all about energy and excitement. This could include using high-energy drums, catchy melodies, and uplifting vocals.
- Experiment with different sounds:
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different sounds and styles to create something unique.
What are Popular Slap House Songs?
Here are some examples of slap house songs:
- “Wake Me Up” by Avicii (Slap House Remix)
- “So Far Away” by Martin Garrix (Slap House Remix)
- “Sweet Dreams” by Alan Walker
If you are looking for some catchy and danceable electronic music, slap house is a great place to start. That said, what if you want to make slap house? Is it possible for someone just starting out in EDM? It sure is!
Creating the Signature Slap House Bass Sound
The slap house bass sound is one of the most important elements of the genre. It is created by slapping the strings of a bass guitar against the fretboard. This produces a sharp, percussive sound that is often used as the foundation of a slap house track.
There are a few different ways to create the slap house bass sound in a DAW. One way is to use a bass guitar sample pack. There are many different sample packs available online, and many of them include slap bass samples.
Another way to create the slap house bass sound is to synthesize it. This can be done using a variety of different synthesizers, such as Massive, Serum, or Sylenth1. To synthesize the slap house bass sound, start by creating a sawtooth wave. Then, add a short envelope to the amplitude and filter cutoff. This will create the sharp, percussive sound that is characteristic of the slap house bass.
Once you have created the slap house bass sound, you can start to experiment with different rhythms and melodies. You can also try adding different effects to the bass, such as distortion and compression.
Arranging your Slap House Track
Once you have created the basic elements of your slap house track, you can start to arrange them into a song. A typical slap house track has the following structure:
The intro is typically a short section that introduces the main elements of the track, such as the bassline and chords. The build-up is a section that gradually builds in intensity and excitement, leading up to the drop. The drop is the main section of the track, where the bassline and chords are most prominent. The break is a section that provides a contrast to the drop, and is often used to introduce new elements to the track. The outro is a short section that brings the track to a close.
When arranging your slap house track, it is important to keep in mind the energy level of the track. You want to make sure that the track is constantly building in intensity, leading up to the drop. You also want to make sure that the track has a good balance between the different sections.
How to Make a Slap House Track
The great news is that it’s not that difficult, especially if you follow a decent tutorial (and keep reading this article).
First set BPM to 125.
Add some vocal chops.
Add a lot of reverb to make it ambient.
Then make the chords. To make the chords, use the unison chord pack. Why? It contains 1200+ midi files to help you create professional chord progressions easily.
Just add a chord progression. Then for the intro, use a reese bass.
Add slide notes to give the bass more energy. Then, add ambiance and FX to fill up.
For the 2nd part of the break, introduce some drums and also add some plucks, specifically, reverb plucks.
Make the build up and introduce the drop vocals in the build up.
To get the slap house sound, use manipulator vst. Put the pitch at -12 and put the formant at -12. Then, add build up elements. It’s good form to use a lot of automations to make the build up big and transition smooth in the drop.
Now it’s time for the drop. First we make the slap bass.
Make a catchy bass rhythm, copy and make a variation.
For the bass melody, add some layers to get a fuller sound.
Add a punchy sub-bass and some wide vocals for the 2nd part of the drop.
You can use dimension expander to make it wide and spatial, and it works really well in a slap house drop too.
Make the drums & FX.
The drums consist of:
- Drop percussion
- MISC FX
- Drum loop 1
- Drum loop 2
What Presets are Used in the Tutorial?
All the samples & presets in the tutorial are from the slap house sample pack. Infinity contains 300+ samples, 150 presets and 5 slap house FLPs. It’s inspired by artists such as: Dynoro, Alok, Imanbek, Vize, Helion and more.
3 Slap House Tips To Keep In Mind
- Use a slap house sample pack
These packs can be a great way to get started, as they contain all of the sounds and samples that you need to create your own tracks.
- Collaborate with other artists
Collaborate with other artists to create unique and innovative slap house tracks.
- Have fun!
It’s a fun and energetic genre of music. Make sure to have fun when you are producing slap house, and let your creativity flow.
Slap house is a popular and exciting subgenre of house music that is relatively easy to get started with. By following the tips in this article, you can create your own slap house tracks that are sure to get people dancing.