Future Bounce needs a certain swing to be genuine. You can’t just slap the label on it and be like, here’s my Future Bounce track. So then, what makes REAL Future Bounce and not just an attempt at it?
Think about three key areas to make a genuine future bounce track:
- Song Structure
BPM is usually 125 to 135 with a catchy vocal, and a clear build up, break down and drop.
- Sound Design
You need synths and samples to create a clear, energetic sound with a prominent bassline.
- Production Quality
You’ve got to have an all-in-one like FL Studio 20 to have a polished track.
For the overall feel of Future Bounce, make sure your track can tick those three boxes. Based on a tutorial, this article is about to take you through the build-up, breakdown, and drop. Read on for the five stages of a future bounce track.
The Build-Up of a Real Future Bounce Track
Your build-up comes in two stages, the melody and the leads.
Stage 1: Making the Melody
First set the BPM to 128, then make the melody. To give the song that future bounce style swing, use the swing knob, which will play some notes off beat giving a swing effect. This works really well in bounce!
Put it at -50%. To make the melody, start on F#, then play around until you get something nice. This will be the base, then add a fitting second part. Then just copy paste and add a variation in the last bar. Now listen to your main melody.
Then make the bass notes. Use notes that sound good together with the melody, then just finish it up.
Listen to the melody and the bass.
Stage 2: Making The Leads
Now that we have the melody it’s time to make the leads. Use 8 different layers to get a fuller and more defined sound.
Use these leads:
- Brooks Lead
- Future Bounce Lead 1
- Future Bounce Lead 2
- Future House Lead
- Lucas & Steve Lead
- Mono Saw Lead
- Vocal Lead
- Whistle Lead
- Main Leads
For the mixing, use:
- Fruity Parametic EQ 2
- FabFilter Saturn
- After EQ
- Fruity Reverb 2
Automate the wet level to fill up the gaps in the melody. This will create more energy as it “drags” you back into the melody, kind of.
Then listen to it with reverb automation on and off. There’s not a huge difference, but it adds that little extra to the leads.
The Breakdown of a future Bounce Track
When you get to the end of making the melody and the leads, you’re entering stage 3, or the beginning of the breakdown.
Stage 3: Making the Chords and the Plucks
The chords are very basic and make the sound full. Use these:
- Supersaw Chord
- Future Bounce Chord
- Future Bounce Chord 2
- Supersaw chord 2
- 2007 DancePiano
Put them all together, then have a listen to your main chords.
Let’s move on to the plucks. Add a few pluck layers. They will spice up your sound and also make it punchier.
Use these sounds:
- Byte Pluck
- Future Pluck 1
- Mesto Pluck
- Supersaw Pluck
- Musicbox pluck
- Drop Plucks
Let’s move on to the bass. In future bounce, the bass is extremely important. To make the bass energetic, you should add a lot of slide notes and octave jumps, which will make the bass bouncy.
Here are the layers:
- Brooks bass
- Saw Bass
- Future Bounce Bass
- Clicky Bass
- Hollow Bass
- Sub Bass
- Bass once-shots
On their own, they sound ODD, but with the bass, they sound much better.
Have a listen and you’ll see.
The Drop of a Future Bounce Track
The Drop is the final part of what makes a future bounce song true to its genre, and it’s pretty much the 4th stage when making a track.
Stage 4: Making The Drums and FX
The drums consist of a few elements:
- Misc FX & Fills
- Tiny Clap
- Pre-shifted clap 1
- Pre-shifted clap 2
- Pre-shifted clap 3
- Pre-shifted clap 4
- Drop Tom
- Drop Clap
- Drum loop 1
- Drum loop 2
- Various FX
Then listen to your full drumloop.
Should you buy Samples and Presets?
Yes, if you want a polished and professional sound. All the samples used are from the Future Bounce Sample Pack. Elevation is the ultimate future bounce sample pack, Inside are 300+ samples, 80 Sylenth1 presets, 80 Serum presets, and 5 FLPs.
It’s inspired by artists such as Brooks, Mike Williams, Mesto, Dirty Palm and Jay Eskar.
Final Tips to Make Real Future Bounce
- Use the right sample and presents. It’s possible to buy ones that are specifically designed for Future Bounce.
- Experiment with distortion, reverb and delay.
- Make sure you have a clear build up, break down, and drop.
If you can go through each stage, keeping in mind the three main aspects of a REAL Future Bounce track: the build-up, the breakdown and the drop, with a lot of practice, you will have made an epic new track.
Just work on your technical skills and try to be as creatively free as possible while still respecting the signature sound of the genre.