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Hector Couto Track Review: ‘Trouble Maker’

Dive into the creative process and workflow behind this chart-topping track

Learn the studio techniques of a Tech House pioneer

Want Dubnation & Roush to hear your music?​

Date: November 15th 2022 │ Time: 19:30 CET

Don’t miss a exclusive opportunity to submit one of your own tracks for a chance to get heard by Hector Couto’s labels Dubnation and Roush in this Demo Feedback Session. 

What will I learn?

01. Intro

Hector Couto showcases his chart topping track ‘Trouble Maker’, which climbed to No.1 position on Beatport’s Top 100 chart. Discover the inspiration behind the track and how it came to be.

02. Kick & Clap

Hector goes into how he chose and created his kick and clap, showing the process with and without effects, how he uses Valhalla Vintage Verb for claps, and a bit of Ableton Push.

03. Groove Elements

Hector goes through the elements of the track to add groove, explains the effects he puts on them, and explains the reasons he uses them, and how he works on the TR8.

04. Bass Process

In this chapter Hector shows his techniques on how he processes bass sounds recorded from hardware. He describes everything from essential EQing methods to intricate processing in order to change them into original sounding bass grooves.

05. Main Sample

Hector Couto shows the sample that inspired the track. He takes you step by step through his process from finding the sample to processing and making it an original piece. The end result becomes the driving force behind the track.

06. Vocals & FX

Using Ableton’s Simpler to chop up vocal samples Hector shows his process on how to randomly trigger vocal chops on Ableton’s push to comping them into the composition to create his signature sound.

07. Arrangement

Follow Hector step by step as he arranges DJ friendly tracks, discover the methods and techniques that kept ‘Trouble Maker’ at the top spot on Beatport for so long, and how he continues to keep his listeners engaged.

Hector Couto

Tech House Pioneer

Spanish-born Hector Couto’s unique take on Tech House has established him as a driving force on the international Tech House scene, merging the spirit of Chicago with the atmosphere of old school techno for compelling productions that get floors moving.

Underground hits

Often featured in Resident Advisor’s Top 100 Most Charted artists, he’s had a steady stream of EPs released on labels like Hot Creations, Saved, Moon Harbour, 20/20 Vision, and Viva Music, and on top of this, also heads up his own Roush label.

Diverse DJ

An attentive and diverse DJ, he never repeats the same trick twice, skilfully mixing up sounds perfectly suited to whatever club or festival he plays, whether it’s Amnesia Ibiza, Pacha Barcelona, We Are Festival in London, or Halcyon in San Francisco, taking his audiences on a journey while keeping them engaged.

Hector Couto Track Review: ‘Trouble Maker’


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