Currently riding one of the lengthiest hot streaks in the world of electronic dance music when it comes to releases, hard-hitting house enthusiast Habstrakt looks to dominate the airwaves once again unleashing his newest weapon “Ice Cold” featuring KARRA on Tiësto’s Musical Freedom.
Discussing his new single, Habstrakt says: “This next release is a big big one to me, months in the work, 40 versions before getting it right. It’s raw, brutal, unapologetic and honestly quite bizarre, and I’m so
freaking proud of it.”
Being a truly undeniable talent when it comes to production, Habstrakt has decided to share a handful of production tips for all producers out there looking to hone their craft. With a bevy of festival anthems throughout his discography, it’s safe to say he’s one who has cracked the code when it comes to igniting a crowd.
Check out the French talent’s five production tips when it comes to engineering bass house hit below.
1. Produce then Reduce: I often find myself adding a lot of small elements and layers into my project before deleting them all once I get the bass and the drums really tight together. Try to stick to the minimum amount of elements playing at the same time and always clean your projects from unnecessary sounds to leave room for what truly matters.
2. Use External / Hardware gear: It’s good to learn how to do electronic music without a computer, understanding hardware synths, drum machines, sequencers and grooveboxes will expand your sound palette and vision and is a great source of inspiration, it also looks super cool to have gadgets in the studio.
3. Use your eyes: Find yourself a reliable spectrum analyzer and visualizer. I use Voxengo Span, iZotope Ozone and a hardware TC Electronics Clarity M for most of my needs. From EQing to dynamics, stereo or phase issues, these tools are great to locate and solve issues your ears wouldn’t otherwise catch.
4. Workstation: keep a clean, comfortable, inspiring and organized workstation. If you’re on a budget the most important part is a good office chair. You’re gonna be spending hours and even days sitting at your workstation, make sure it’s the most comfortable and cozy place in the world.
5. Context: Always compare your songs and test them in a mix environment. I use an entry-level cheap DJ controller and rekordbox to try to jam my tunes with others that I really like to play out, see how everything reacts when put into context, mixing in and out of it.
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