Posted @withrepost • @abletontips Reposted from @productionmusiclive - All successful producers have a signature sound. Their distinctive feature can be a certain set of chords, a unique sound design or a typical scale.
We all have a special sound in our heads, when we think of KSHMR - that’s because he tends to use a lot of exotic sounding arabic scales (yes, there are a lot of them - just check previous posts in our feed).
The scale we used today is probably the most popular one and definitely gives us the feeling of being on a lively market somewhere at night.
C - C# - E - F - G - G# - B - C
In this specific scale the half note steps play the biggest role - they provide a feeling of unrest and instability, but also of no real end and no beginning, which keeps the loop going. With 4 half note steps, this scale has more than most others.
HS - 3HS - HS - WS - 3HS - HS
Most other scales are usually built around a set of whole steps (WS), of which we only find one in this example - so this scale does not only sound exotic, but also is exotic in the way it is constructed.
With the arabic or double harmonic scale you create a lot of movement. Try to stay on only 1 bass note, to give the beat more stability. In most cases this will be the root note - but you can also divert between root note (C in our case) and the first half step (C#) to create a more versatile groove.