How to make a house track

House has been a cornerstone of the dance music scene for decades. From Kenny Dope to Peggy Gou, house isn’t going anywhere. You could join the movement: follow these five easy steps below to create your own house track.

1

Start with the drums

Drums are the centre of any house track. Get a thumping kick and lay it down four on the floor. Add a crisp hat and an off-beat hi hat. Paint those in as you best see fit. The 909 kit built into Serato Studio is the go for house drum samples.

Start with the drums
2

Add a big bass

Bass is the drive of any good house track - choose something with grit and let it follow the drum beat. Try out the “Prodigy Bass” if you’re unsure of which one to pick.

Add a big bass
3

Layer with chords and melodies

Build some chords and melodies in the key of the bass to soften it up a bit. Use a pad instrument to lay some drawn out chords, then add a fast, plucky mallet instrument to create a top line melody. You can use these in the verse and take it away in the drop, or vice versa. You can create the chords yourself, or use one of the Serato Studio samples. We’re sure there’s something that will catch your ear.

Layer with chords and melodies
4

Create a loop and structure

House music is all about loops. Start with your kick and bass, then add the snare, then the hi hat and chords. Or whichever way that best suits your track. It’s all about progression. You can arrange your scenes in the song view at the bottom of the interface.

Create a loop and structure
5

Mix it

Give your track a mix. Make sure the drums are nice and loud. Get everything sounding balanced and together.

Mix it
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