Are you a Noob or Pro Slap House EDM producer? Not sure? Well, before we get into it, remember that all pros were noobs once, so don’t get disheartened, but take note of the difference and aim to elevate your slap house production abilities.
How to Make a Professional Slap House Track
Start by learning from an expert. Watch this tutorial where noobs and pros of Slap House are compared and contrasted. In this article, we’ll start with the intro, look at the build up, and then the drop. Let’s dive in.
What a Noob Intro Sounds Like
Listen to the noob intro at 0:24 in the tutorial.
The noob intro is very bland. There is only one Reese bass. Next up, the noob uses some bad FX samples that do not fit. Their volumes are also too loud.
What a Pro Intro Sounds Like
The pro uses many more elements, which makes the intro sound much fuller and worked out. What elements? First of all, the pro uses 2 Reese basses and a Meduza lead.
Next, the pro uses a lot more drums and FX than the noob, which sets the tone for the track and makes it less generic. Listen to the pro intro at 02:41.
Avoiding a Noob Build Up
The Noob build up is often very poorly constructed. It sounds very empty and it doesn’t flow well to the drop. You’ll often find a snare loop with some bad FX sounds.
The same elements from the intro are used with no variation. Avoid that!
Creating a Pro Build Up
The pro build up is much more laid out with drums and FX. It also uses some other sounds so it’s not the same as the intro. The pro elements have a vocal formant FX to make the fill more interesting. The pro also uses several automation clips. These are automations such as slowly removing the bass. These automation clips will make the build-up transition to the drop.
What is a Noob Drop?
The noob drop is poorly made. The slap bass is very repetitive and the rhythm is simple. It’s also not layered with other bass sounds to spice it up, so the bass sounds very dry. Added to that, the noob drums sound very weak and have little to no detail added. There’s no groove and it sounds very generic.
How does a Pro Drop Sound?
The drop is much more filled up with other elements. The drums are more groovy and the drop is less repetitive. The drop is at -5 Formant. The formant changes the depth of the vocal, which sets the drop vocal apart from the break. Unlike the noob, the pro layers the bass with other layers. The pro also uses more groove and also layers the bass with transients, like top-kicks. This makes the bass punchier. The pro also adds some variation like leads in the 2nd half of the drop. This will keep listeners hooked because it won’t be repetitive. The pro drums contain a lot more groove and small FX, which will keep it interesting.
Do Pros Use Sample Packs?
Yes, they do. To make the pro track like a professional, use a lot of sounds from a slap house sample pack, like Infinity. It will instantly make your slap house productions sound 10 x more professional. The pack contains 360 high-quality samples such as drums, FX, synths and more. Included are 80 serum and 70 Sylenth1 presets and there are also 5 slap house flips inside the pack.
A Summary of a Noob in Slap House
So, basically, noobs tend to use simple and repetitive elements in their tracks.
The intro, the build up, and the drop don’t have much variation. Their drums are weak and their bass is mostly unlayered.
A Summary of a Pro in Slap House
Pros tend to use a wide variety of elements in their tracks. Not only that, but they make sure that the elements fit well together. The intro, the build up, and the drop all have their own unique sounds and textures. The drums and bass are layered and detailed.
5 Tips on How to Become a Slap House Pro
Though some of these tips may be from the department of the incredibly obvious, sometimes it helps to go through them anyway.
- Listen to a lot of slap house and pay attention to the details
- Experiment with different sounds and textures
- Learn about music theory
- Watch tutorials and read articles on how to make slap house
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Try the comment section of tutorials. You never know, the expert might actually answer.
What Makes an Epic Slap House Track?
Apart from the above, Slap House tracks have the slappy bass to them with melodies that are catchy. These use driving beats, with multiple drum elements. Listen to these tracks to be inspired by a pro:
- Dynoro – “In my Mind”
- Alan Walker – “Sweet Dreams”
- Tiesto – “Lay Low”
If you can spend some time listening to the best in the genre, you’ll get there. Pros have invested a lot of time perfecting their art, so you can’t expect to spend one hour in the studio and be at Tomorrowland next year. Ultimately, the biggest differences between noobs and pros is that the pros have a better understanding of music production, sound design, and even songwriting. Know your genre and put the work in, then after some time, you’ll be making epic slap house tracks.