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5 hardstyle production tips

Here is a quick tutorial of tutorials for hardstyle music making. To put it simple: You need 5 things to begin.

Hardstyle music melodies

When it comes to melody, it comes to digits. It is not that hards. You have to learn two or three basic scales and you are ready to go. The easy way is to ask some music dictionary on the web.

The scale is nothing more than series of sounds one after another which are used in the song. The most simple one is C, D, E, F, G, A, H, C. If, for example, you exchange the A sound for b sound, you will get a different scale. And harmony is a way of building a malody that consists of some (or all) of these sounds. Harmony is a culture, it tells the song’s mood or energy.

Hardstyle music synth sounds

Synth sounds are, plainly spoken, these sounds you can not get an instrument to emit. You can produce synth sound by distorting and adding effects on actual sounds or generate your own using for example a MIDI controlles. It is always a good idea to work with existing material in the beginnign. Here you can find a decent selection of hardstyle samples:

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Hardstyle music mixdown

Basically the mixdown is a way of producing music. When you mix the tune, you try to get all the tracks of your song work together nice.

In most cases you start with adjusting the drum and bass lines. After that you set the volume of melodies and apply the effects on nearly everything. It is the most important part. Good mix can help a decent tune and bad mix can ruin even the greatest one.

Learn your plugins

Yes, this means you! How many times did you wander what does this do? Go ahead, try it and write down the effect. Make your own manual if you do not want to remember all the functions. This way you will work faster and more effectively.

Get the best hardstyle samples!

You should use provided samples. I have already told you where to get the best hardcore samples from. I work with this shop for a long time and my music gets better and better. Of course now I also use my own recorded sound, but I still remember buying my first package of Hardstyle Kicks!

And bonus, the last tip: be original. Try to think of your own style!

Deepack

Deepack

Deepack biography

Deepack form a duo Frank-E & Mars-L. His career started in the ’90s’ when he formed his productions in hardcore genres. various aliases, however, only louder about them when it got the name Deepack just created one of the first hardstyle-tracks of these “Drop Out”. In time, over time, acquired a momentum of their careers, and these two talented producers belted out another new productions most of which today are the classics – “100% Here’s Johnny, Down-Low.” A turning point in their career, which gave them notoriety within the global hardstyle scene and became an outstanding confirmation of their real talent was to produce “Anthemu” (theme) for the Qlimax 2003 event. The song called “The Prophecy” was a huge hit and quite possible that this day is the most recognizable of the species Hardstyle Thracian world. In subsequent years confirm his art producer, producing such classics such as “Kick This Mutha, Stomper, Rockin ‘Steady” and remixes of tracks “X2X We Want More, Funky Shit, The Sound Of The Bass”. Currently make up the convention already hardstyle nu-stylish, and fan coils hardstylu lost the status of legend, but still not quite right, because even though they lost their very strong, sharp style for the sometimes very melodic (commercial) production, however, is still trying to though partially create original productions such as “Born Free Skitzo and Mind.” However, as a dj for many years have the best views in the genre of hardstyle partiers.

Dana van Dreven aka. Lady Dana

Dana van Dreven aka. Lady Dana

Dana van Dreven started DJ-ing in 1993 and since then she has developed her own style. A style that can best be described as a crossover between different genres of hard dance music with a rough feminine touch. A couple of years ago, she started to mix Techno, Trance and Hardstyle with which she created a fusion of styles that is typical for her sound. Many artists would consider this the highest achievable goal in music, but for Dana it is just the kick off for a splendid international music and DJ Career. In 2004, Dana obtained the 29th position of the famous English MixMag list of best DJ’s in the world. Also, she has been nominated already twice for the TMF Awards, the Dutch music television channel. In 2004, she ended on 4th place at these awards. Although her popularity reaches far beyond the borders of the Netherlands, Dana feels like the crowd has only seen a tip of the iceberg. ”

Dana van Dreven

I’ve put a lot of energy in my DJ career so far, but in the very near future I will also put my scope on my own record label Danamite (www.danamite.nl). The challenge hereby lies in trying to translate my DJ-vision on music to 12”. Dana’s first record on her label, “Dana – Restyled’, was released in the beginning of 2004 and was very well received by the public, while her second release, “Dana – Back In Time”, is currently storming the charts. “The enthusiastic comments gave me the inspiration to keep on following this path: to release my own productions and to help relatively unknown talented producers to get recognized. The challenge in this new project lies in seeing how far I can go, not in how famous I can become. Music is my passion, not fame”. What else can we expect from Dana in the future? “At this moment all my attention goes out to my album, which will be released early 2005. Besides that, I’m working on two mix albums and my own clothing line. To show the crowd what I stand for with Danamite, I also planned a couple of label nights. On these events I will present myself and my ideas on music. And of course I will continue playing at parties all over the world. The energy I get from my fans, I wouldn’t miss it for the world!”

 

The Prophet

The Prophet

the prophet

Dov J. Elkabas aka ‘The Prophet’ was born on 5 November 1968. He started deejaying in 1983. He first discovered turntables when he visited a roller disco (Het Nijlpaardenhuis) in Amsterdam. He was so impressed by the enthusiasm it evoked that he got a job so he could buy a set of SL1200 MK2s and practice with the turntables at home. He spun disco at Het Nijlpaardenhuis for approximately two years until the roller disco was closed down. He then moved to a hip hop venue in Amsterdam known as ‘Akhnaton’. Together with the members of the legendary ‘Osdorp Posse’, among others, he started trying to make music in a very alternative way. There was no house music in those days – that didn’t hit the scene until 1986-87.

Dov Elkabas first came into contact with house in 1988 when he was asked to spin at an event where only house music was played. This was the ‘Let the Prophet Rise’ event at the Jan van Galenhal in Amsterdam. Together with his colleague ‘MadDoc’ he spent the whole evening creating music with synthesizers and samplers in an attempt to add his own unique touch to the evening. The evening was such a success that it started the ball rolling. More and more people invited him to DJ. Organizations such as Multigroove and ISP (later known as Hellraiser) began to book him on a regular basis and he did his thing at almost all of the events in and around Amsterdam.

In around 1991 he set up a DJ team better known as ‘The Dreamteam’. These were four different DJs with four different styles who only worked together as a group – either spinning together or performing live. The four members of The Dreamteam were The Prophet, DJ Dano, Buzz Fuzz and Gizmo. Around 1991-92 the organization ID&T was set up. The Dreamteam was asked to spin at the raves organized by ID&T – Thunderdome, Earthquake, Mysteryland, etc. Together the Dreamteam made these raves a huge success. The Prophet was happy to go to all of the gabber events, sometimes as many as six in one evening! In the meantime the music became harder and harder. A certain group of DJs, including The Prophet, had breathed life into gabber or hardcore music. This was clearly the heyday of these genres. Millions of copies of ‘Thunderdome’ CDs were changing hands across the counter and The Prophet became more and more famous. To this day this kind of music can still be heard on every continent. The gabber DJs traveled and still travels the world to represent this music.

The Prophet has deejayed at almost all of the large events in the Netherlands – Thunderdome, Masters Of Hardcore, Hellraiser, Megarave, Earthquake, Trip 2 Dreamland, Dance 2 Eden, Mysteryland, Back 2 School, Qlimax, DefQon 1, Decibel, and Innercity. He has also deejayed at large events in other countries, such as Utopia Sydney, Goliath Zurich, Voyager Geneva, Mayday Germany, Resident E Germany, Atlantis Los Angeles, etc.

All the while recording gabber music, Dov Elkabas also went on producing other kinds of music that he very much enjoyed – an eclectic mix that ranged from club to techno to progressive to hip hop. For example, under a pseudonym ‘The Rose’, in 1995 he recorded the classic ‘The Godzilla Project’ which was brought out by the French label Pinguin Records – a track spun by all of the leading DJs in the world.

The Prophet also founded his own record label – Scantraxx Recordz, one of the most famous hardstyle record labels in the Netherlands, in order to be able to promote the Dutch version of hardhouse ’ hardstyle. He felt that the music was now too fast and that the events were no longer as upbeat as he thought they should be. The music has now reverted to 140 bpm, a ‘female-friendly’ danceable speed.

Dov Elkabas is still exploring club and progressive. With projects such as Stardancer, under which he brings out disco house, and Rokkwild (together with Cay-T), the ‘Progressive project’, is he pursuing the course he wishes to follow, namely ‘serious dance music with a smile’. These days The Prophet enjoys spinning genres such as early rave, early hardcore, hardstyle, club and progressive.