Top 10 Glitch House production techniques
Looking for some assistance with producing Glitch House, Deep House, Minimal or Tech House? Look no further!
Here are 10 top techniques to transform your tracks into professional sounding pieces of art!
1. Heavy on the Reverb
With minimalistic Electronica, you need something to fill out the sound – reverb will help you to do just this. Be careful, applying horrendous amounts of reverb to everything will just drown it and make it sound muddy, but a long decay tail on the high end frequencies of a sound will just make it fill out the track nicely.
This is a staple technique in a lot of Glitch music, band pass on different percussive elements of the track to make them even more processed and artificial sounding, but also to give room for the more prominent parts of the track like some big atmospheric pads or a squelchy lead!
3. Gentle EQing
Gently boosting the low end around 80hz (Though this value obviously depends on your kick drum – search for a sweet spot that adds that punch!) can drive the track better, but don’t overproduce it – this genre isn’t about pounding bass drums!
4. Panning for effect
Drawing from its association with ambient music, a nice technique for glitch producers is to pan things hard left or right to make them more interesting – especially useful for some glitchy, stuttery hats or blips!
5. It’s called “Minimal” for a reason
Don’t overdo it! You might feel the need to layer many synths on top of each other if you’ve come from a trance or conventional house background, but you just have to make a few synths count in this genre.
6. Be imaginative with your percussion
The beauty of Glitch House is that you can use anything. I’ve heard anything from mouse clicks to human breaths to drowned cats (Well, it sounded like that…) in these tracks, so I’m sure you can use your imagination (And not offend the RSPCA) to come up with some intriguing beats!
7. Reverse Reverb
Always a nice effect for atmospheric tracks – freeze a sound that has reverb on it, copy and reverse it and make it lead up to the initial hit. It’ll add tension to the sound and build up a bit more to those bigger, more lush sections.
8. Wide Load
Width is vital in this type of music – use a stereo imager to widen up the high end. Keep the low end tight though, or you’ll end up with a muddy mess!
9. Clever syncopation
With a small amount of percussion you have to be creative to make things interesting – put things on the offbeat, use triplets, try some polyrhythms… hell, try some different time signatures if you dare to be different. If you use the same percussion all the way through, your track will be lacking. Some unusual fills and loops will keep your listener engaged.
10. Make the synths matter
As with the percussion, you’ve got to make the melodic elements matter. Make sure your pads are doing their job and are as lush as possible by giving them a several octave spread to cover the bass and high end – if there’s only one or two synth sounds, they’ll need to cover for all the other sounds you’re missing! (Unless you’re going seriously minimalistic, in which case filter away to your heart’s content!)