How many times do you get overwhelmed with the amount of sounds and samples you have at your disposal? Back in the day you had a very small set up with a couple of keyboards, a drum machine and a sampler if you were lucky.
Before we go into the details of how to produce this kind of track. It is always a good idea to have a decent midi controller. Especially for using the cut off dials which is more often than not crucial for filtered disco house music as when adding lead lines we want to create flexible riffs that twist and turn throughout.
Whilst it is ok to do this using automation, it is often quite limiting and so a good controller would be a wise investment. Check out the Novation Launch-key series for that very purpose. I have the launch 25 which sits on my desk nicely and has every feature going.
Also it syncs with Ableton straight away so there is no worry about patching the right dial to an effects plug in. Although to be specific you will need to midi map some things. But overall it is straight out of the box.
However these days it is not so simple but yet it is loads easier than it ever was. but somehow we get more bogged down with the overload of plug ins and devices and racks and racks of romplers and other headaches that come with producing.
Isnt it just a better idea to keep things simple and easy? Check out the video below to see how simple and effective things can be when you strip back the amount of stuff you use.