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  • Basic Mastering Checklist for EDM tracks

    This checklist will help you to avoid common mistakes and get good-quality tracks without using expensive equipment or asking for external help.

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  • Brauerizing

    The term "Brauerizing" refers to a mixing technique developed by Michael Brauer, a Grammy award-winning mixing engineer. It involves feeding audio into compressors and equalizers to add harmonics to the input signal and using group compression to blend audio together through a process called "counter pumping." It consists of three stages of "Brauerizing": Multi-Bus Compression, Multi-Vocal Compression, and the use of dual parallel 1176 compressors for added depth in the mix.


  • Double Vocals

    If you'd like to emphasise certain words or a phrase, you can do it by duplicating the part of the main vocal, tuning it an octave down or up depending on the voice timbre and panning slightly to the left or right.


  • 5 tips for a perfect build up in an EDM track

    PLV has made a great video on how to nail a build-up, check it out!

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  • Envelop Follower with Autopan

    If you'd like to enrich the high-end of your synthesizer and extend the stereo image, you can create an envelope follower, map it to the amount on the Autopan plugin, apply a high-pass filter and mix it back.


  • Formant Vocals

    This technique can be used together with the Double Vocals technique if you are not happy with the result. Adjusting formants of the second voice track will help you to reach the spectral balance needed.


  • Glue Compressor

    A glue compressor is a type of compressor that is used in music production and mixing to "glue" together various elements in a mix. This compressor is designed to add a cohesive and cohesive sound to a mix by applying a moderate amount of compression to multiple tracks at once. It is typically used on the master bus, or subgroups to create a cohesive and punchy sound.


  • How to Hear Compression

    A compressor is often described as a device that reduces dynamic range by making loud sounds quieter, but its artistic potential goes beyond this generic definition. To truly master this tool, it's important to understand how a compressor can shape transients and emphasize or smooth out certain sound nuances. By hearing and recognizing these effects, you can unlock the full potential of a compressor in your mix.


  • How to Use Compression (the most complete video)

    In this comprehensive 10-hour guide, Dylan Pines covers all aspects of compression from the basics to the top.


  • Layering Guitars

    Guitar layering is a technique used in music production to create a fuller, more complex guitar sound by layering multiple recordings of the same or similar guitar parts on top of one another. This can be done using a single guitar recorded at different times, or by using multiple guitars played in unison.


  • Mix Readiness Checklist before Mastering

    In this video, Jonathan outlines ten things to check in your mix before sending it out for mastering.


  • How to Use Distortion and Saturation in Mixing

    Saturation is a very powerful tool at the mixing stage, and in this article I'll cover the most common uses.


  • Mixing Low End

    In this video, Alice covers all the modern techniques for getting the perfect low end in your mix.

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  • Music Production Equipment on Budget

    Transforming your musical ideas into a finished product takes time and practice. One needs to either outsource some parts of the music production to others or learn to do it yourself end-to-end. Understanding your workflow and having clear objectives will help you to acquire the tools you need for the job.


  • Music Production 101 - Overview

    In the past, music production was a linear process. Now we have powerful DAWs and you can mix or swap different stages according to your experience and personal preferences. Be aware that this can affect your productivity. It's always a good idea to review your workflow from time to time. The production of music is usually divided into three stages: pre-production, production and post-production.


  • Pultec EQ

    A technique derived from the use of the legendary vintage tube EQ from Pultec, which boosts the frequencies below the cut-off. The idea is to gain more headroom for the bass and kick below 150Hz by reducing the frequencies near 200Hz.

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  • Space Effects 101 and Basic Setup

    Space sound effects like reverberation and delay are commonly used in music production to add depth and atmosphere to tracks. Reverb simulates the reflections of sound in a physical space, while delay involves repeating a sound at a later time to create an echo effect. These effects can help bring a sense of space and texture to a song. In this article, we'll explore the technical and creative aspects of using reverb and delay in music production.


  • Best notes for sub bass range in EDM

    Electronic dance music relies heavily on sub-bass, especially when played in clubs. When done right, sub-bass brings a lot of energy to the dance floor and gets people moving. At the same time, mixing the low end is the most difficult part.


  • The Rule of Threes

    The Rule of Threes in music is the idea that a song should have three main components: rhythm, melody, and a wildcard. Rhythm is not only the drums or percussions but all repeating elements of the song. Melody is the tune that the listener hums or sings along to. The wildcard is a unique aspect of the track, such as an unusual sound, unexpected chord change, or a special effect, that sets it apart and makes it memorable. It is also referred as “ear candy” or “special element”.


  • How to turn Mono Track into Stereo

    Stereo is all about creating differences between two channels. If you only have one track, you need to create these differences. This can be achieved by applying static and dynamic effects to the track. Remember that one effect isn't going to change the picture drastically, it's all about small changes that add up to something big in the end.


  • Understanding Analog Inputs

    Understanding the different inputs on your audio interface is essential to avoid common problems such as clipping, noise or incorrect frequency response.


  • Understanding Voice Frequencies and Equalisation

    Training your ears to hear different frequency bands in sounds is an essential skill for music producers and sound engineers. There are multiple training tools available, but let's first understand how each frequency band affects the sound. Let's use vocals here as an example.