Alternative snares

Alternative snares Crafting a great sounding beat or drum kit is a big part of making strong electronic music. To stand out from the crowd why not experiment with snare…

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Listen

Listen Stop making music with your eyes. Fancy looking interfaces, advanced analysers and colourful DAW’s can distract you from making great sounding music. Even when adjusting parameters don’t get in…

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Ambient contrast

Ambient contrast Some producers set up one or two reverb sends for the whole track which may be efficient but on the downside may end up sounding congested or washed…

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Synth foundations

Synth foundations Many producers are quick to jump to processing their channels as opposed to getting the building blocks strong. Take the time choosing filter slopes, envelope amounts and oscillator…

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BPM Key relationship

BPM Key relationship Producing with a variation of BPM and key can help bring out the best of a musical idea.  Despite this issues may arise when it comes to…

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High and low EQ cuts

High and low EQ cuts A lot of producers get rid of unwanted low end to help clear up a mix but often overlook the top end.  Take the time…

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Compressor or EQ first?

Compressor or EQ first? I almost always EQ after compression but I find it very helpful to have an EQ before the compressor in the signal chain too.  Even if…

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De-esser uses

De-esser uses De-esser plugins are often used just to control sharp resonances in vocals. Try rot think of them as dynamic EQ’s instead of just a vocal tool.  You can…

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Delay with character

Delay with character Create interesting delay tails by adding a dedicated delay channel instead of just adding a delay plugin as an insert or send. To do this duplicate the…

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Mixdown headroom

Mixing headroom When learning how to mix it can be tricky to manage levels of various tracks without clipping the master output. Instead of using limiters or bringing the master…

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