Dance Music Production Dimensional Mixing TUTORiAL
For this highly anticipated volume we examine the theory and practice of dimensional mixing within electronic dance music.
This is much more than your typical mixing tutorial; here we not only discuss the basic mixing techniques we also introduce and examine the theory of gain structure, mixing desks, busses, VCA groups, ear training, visual mixing and how to introduce an added dimension to your sound.
Spread over 2 discs the tutorial begins with an introduction to gain structure within a DAW. If you thought gain structure only applied to those working outside the box - you couldn't be more wrong. A well organised and considered gain structure is fundamental to digital mixing and is more often than not the defining characteristic between mixes that sound open and clean to those that appear digital and crowded.
Following gain structure we move onto the mixing desk. Here we not only look at the theory of bussing, auxing and uses of VCA's but also how they're best applied during a mix and how it can be important to group sub-mixes and busses together to ensure effects sends maintain the mix perspective.
In addition to the basics above, we also discuss further theories and practices for producing a successful dance mix by with sessions on low end theory and controlling the low end of the mix, how to optimise your room for mix analysis and numerous ear training techniques that you can use daily to help hone your hearing in order to produce cleaner, clearer sounding mixes.
With the basics covered and using a number of different styles of dance music tracks as examples, we then show how you can create mixes that exhibit both width and depth, and how to add further dimensions to a mix to create clarity in even the busiest of mixes. This includes session topics such as multi-band compression, reverb, distortion, side-chaining, vocal approaches, pitch-correction, mixing bass and the subs, tone control, mixing huge leads, and mono compatibility.
We then finish the tutorial with an analogue vs digital shoot-out. Is analogue summing really superior to the DAW? You can make up your own mind as we mix and then listen to/examine the sonic differences between summing entirely within a DAW compared to summing through the best analogue equipment, employing both Neve and SSL Hardware.
Runtime: Over 7
CAPSUN ProAudio Complex Racks Ableton FX and Mastering Racks
'Complex Racks: Ableton FX & Mastering Racks' has been designed to provide useful tools and inspiration for use in Ableton Live 9. Complex chains and processes using Liveâs in-built units have been meticulously crafted and then utilised the eight macros within the racks to create simple hands on control.
Get access to essential tools for creation and mixing in a simplified way. The mastering racks have been designed to help at the final stage of creating and mixing a track.
The DnB mastering rack is aimed at a heavily processed, upfront sound whilst the House mastering rack is aimed at pumping 4x4 beats with controlled low end and thumping kicks. However, both racks provide the essential tools needed to add the final polish to any electronic music genre.
By using the eight macros to hide the back end design, the creators of this product haven't just created 'one for all' mastering presets but instead simplified many complex controlled processes such as sculpted EQ, parallel compression, limiting and more, into a user interface that you can quickly adjust on the fly to create your final master.
The advice is to experiment, turn knobs and see what happens (or for more advanced users, you can dive into the FX chains and dial in your ideal settings).
The FX and processing racks provide fun and useful tools to add to your music creation toolbox. Improve your overall drum mix or sculpt individual components. Add a professional sheen to your vocals or try pushing into experimental territory for unexpected results. Tighten your bass sound or crush and saturate the low end until it thunders. Go wild with the vinyliser and introduce some analogue style grit, dirt or warmth.
The FX processing rack features reverb, frequency delay, pitch control, resynthesis signal processing, a mod filter and an auto chopper. Throw it over any audio or MIDI track for instant FX that can provide inspiration and quick access to essential processing.
Ableton Live 9 is required to use these racks.
• 7 Ableton Live 9 Mastering & FX Racks
• Bass Processing Rack
• DnB Mastering Rack
• Drum Processing Rack
• FX Processing Rack
• House Mastering Rack
• Vocal Processing Rack
Freshly Squeezed Samples Layering In Electronic Music TUTORiAL
One of the most common questions I get asked as a music producer and educator is "How do I layer instruments?”
The answer to this question is not easy. It’s certainly not short either. Yes, some might say that it’s simply a process of adding two or more instruments together and using EQ to make them fit, but the fact of the matter is that it’s a lot more involved.
So involved in fact, that it requires in-depth explanation, especially for the newer producer.
Here at Freshly Squeezed Samples, we were discussing what’s urgently needed in terms of educational content. A free course on layering instantly came to mind, and so we made one.
What’s Covered in the Course?
With just over 2 hours of content spread across 19 videos, Layering in Electronic Music covers a wide range of layering applications, the theory behind processes such as EQ, and also some philosophical advice on how to approach layering.
The course outline video below provides an overview of exactly what’s covered in the course.
Module 1 - What is Layering?
To kick off our free Layering in Electronic Music course, we look at what layering is, and a few reasons why so many producers around the world use the technique.
Module 2 - Course Outline
A quick overview of what we’re going to look at in this free layering course.
Module 3 - Two Ways to Think About Layering
In this video we look at the two main ways to think about layering: as an enhancement, and as a creation. Both are important, and there is a bit of crossover that you should be wary of.
Module 4 - The Importance of EQ
Aside from using the best source material possible, the most important tool you have at your disposal when layering is EQ. In this video we look at its two applications: corrective and creative, as well as looking at frequency masking, and chemistry (coherence).
Module 5A - Drums (The Time Domain)
Before getting into the nitty-gritty of drum layering, we look at the time domain and how important it is to layering as a whole.
Module 5B - Drums (Layering Kicks)
Layering kicks can be the one of the most enjoyable applications of layering, as well as the most frustrating. In this video I share two techniques for kick layering, as well how to layer a clap over the top on every beat.
Module 5C - Drums (Layering Claps)
You’ve learned a lot from layering kicks, now it’s time to move on to the next major category in drum layering – claps. In this video, I show you how to layer claps in a few different ways.
Module 5D - Drums (5 Tips for Drum Layering)
To conclude our drum layering module, I share 5 quick and easy tips that you can apply to your own layering experiments.
Module 6A - Synths (Similar vs. Different Sounds)
Not to be confused with the enhancement and creation applications of layering, similar and different sounds are both used when layering synths, and can be a great way to create new sounds or add a unique touch to existing ones.
Module 6B - Synths (Progressive Pluck)
In this video I show you how to layer two sounds together to get a nice progressive/trance sounding pluck. This sound incorporates two similar sounds (or layers).
Module 6C - Synths (Pad Pluck)
We take a different approach this time. Instead of layering a pluck with another pluck layer, we use a pad instead. Here’s how to do it.
Module 6D - Synths (Supersaw Punch)
Using the enhancement layering technique, we add a bit more of an attack to our already existing supersaw.
Module 6E - Synths (Trance Lead)
In this video, I show you how to create a new sound from scratch with two different presets from one of our popular sound sets.
Module 6F - Synths (Supersaw Piano)
It’s become increasingly more popular over recent years. In this video, we learn how to layer a supersaw and piano.
Module 6G - Synths (5 Tips for Layering Synths)
To conclude our synth layering module, I share 5 quick and easy tips that you can go away with and apply to your own layering experiments.
Module 7A - Bass (What’s the Difference?)
Is there a difference between layering basses and layering synths? I believe there is, and explain why.
Module 7B - Bass (Modern Dance Bass)
Looking to get a little more technical? In this video I show you how to create a modern dance bass with 4 different layers, including a percussion sound.
Module 7C - Bass (Uplifting Trance Bass)
The sound that everyone loves, that’s right, uplifting trance. In this video I show you how to make an intricate uplifting trance bassline using Spire and Massive.
Module 7D - Bass (5 Tips for Layering Basses)
To conclude our relatively concise bass layering section, I share 5 quick and easy tips for you to go away with.
Module 8 - Accent Layering
We’ve looked at layering pretty in-depth, but here’s one more technique you can use to add complexity and interest to your arrangement.
Module 9 - Two Approaches to MIDI
In this concluding video, I share two methods for the use of MIDI in layering which are both beneficial to workflow depending on your needs.
Will this help me if I produce genre x?
Yes. While the course is loosely based around trance sounds, the techniques shown can be applied across the board. It’s not a genre-specific course, and was never intended to be.
Big Fish Audio Off The Hook Radio Pop ACiD WAV AiFF RMX REX2-MAGNETRiXX
Off the Hook series producer Anthony Myers steps his game up in his latest release, Off the Hook Radio Pop. This huge 5.08 GB library will add flavor to your tracks in the styles of Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, LMFAO and other chart topping artists. With 32 construction kits begging to be used, there's virtually no end to the strings, synths, pads, leads, FX, guitars and rhythm loops. We've also included the drum tracks and drum hits in separate folders for you to create brand new rhythms. Take a good listen to the demo because one of these tracks just might be the next big radio pop hit!
- 5.08 GB of total content (2.18 GB of 24-bit WAV files)
- 660 WAV Loops and samples
- 660 Apple Loops and samples
- 511 REX files
- 32 Construction Kits are included.
- Each construction kit includes a demo mix and all the elements of the kit broken out. Also included are the drum tracks allowing for mixing and matching of drum parts as well as creating custom drum mixes. Finally, each kit includes each individual drum hit broken out.
MyLoops Revelations Vol.18 Dennis Pedersen Ableton Live Template
AUDIO DEMONSTRATION :
A BANGING UPLIFTING TRANCE TEMPLATE BY DENNIS PEDERSEN
This Uplifting Trance Template for Ableton Live was produced by rising star Dennis Pedersen, known for his releases on Always Alive and Raz Nitzan Recordings. In this template, Dennis shows us how to build a driving uplifting club trance production with rolling basslines. You get an insight on the processing of the individual channels, through the use of EQ, compression, distorsion, delay, reverbs and more.
LAYERED LEADS & BASSLINES
Did you know you can get fatter lead & bassline sounds by layering different channels together ? This template is a great example of layering done the right way. For instance, this template has several layers for the main lead (5 layers using different presets) and for the bassline (Hi Bass, Mid Bass 1, Mid Bass 2, Sub Bass). This is a great technique to make your key elements stand out and sound stronger in the mix.
WHAT DO I GET ?
The project file in Ableton Live
All MIDI and Audio channels with FX chains and mixing included
All the MIDI files included
All the Audio files included
All the Synthesizer presets included
The Ableton Live Template comes loaded up with the arrangement (as heard in the audio demo), mixing, FX chains, MIDI data and automation. It all comes loaded with all the samples and synth presets (from Serum & Sylenth1) so you will get what you hear in the demo if you have these synths. It is 100% royalty free and can be used as a base for your upcoming tracks or as an educational and inspirational tool. All sections (basslines, leads, FX, drums) are color-coded and named correctly so you know exactly what you are looking at.
WHAT DO I NEED TO OPEN THIS TEMPLATE ?
In order take full advantage of this project, you will need :
Ableton Live v9.1.7 or higher
Xfer Serum v1.048 or higher
LennarDigital Sylenth1 v2.21 or higher
TruePianos v1.9.1 or higher
TAL Dub III Delay (FREE) : http://kunz.corrupt.ch/products/tal-dub
TAL Reverb III (FREE) : http://kunz.corrupt.ch/products/tal-reverb
MORE DETAILS :
Type : Uplifting Trance Template (.als)
Support : Download
BPM (Beats Per Minute) : 140
Due to the differences in the audio engines / summing algorithms and mixing techniques used (side-chaining …) in the different sequencers, the projects will sound slightly different in each sequencer. That being said, a lot of hard work has been done to make sure the project sounds as good as possible in every piece of software used (and as close as possible to the demo, which was made in Ableton Live).
Black Octopus Sound Future Series by Ova9000 FL Studio Templates
FL Studio Templates
Are you ready for the future? Ova9000 is back with the new Future Series FL Studio Templates. One of the best ways to learn FL studio is to study project files to see how a track was produced and Ova9000 has provided 3 brand new FLP project files with many tricks included. In this series you will learn how to create future house, future bass & future garage by examining these FL studio project files in FLP format.
Template 1: Future House
With this template you will learn how a variety of popular future house bass sounds are creating using Sytrus, the FM synthesizer in FL studio. You will also learn layering techniques, creating effects, as well as mixing & mastering techniques.
Template 2: Future Bass
With this template you will how to create a variety of future bass sounds using the 3xosc, Harmor, & Sytrus synthesizers. This template also is a good demonstration of creating effects, track arrangement, mixing & mastering.
Template 3: Future Garage
This template covers everything you need to learn about creating soundscapes, pads, and drones for Future Garage using 3xosc, Harmor & Sytrus. Learn layering techniques, create lofi effects, mixing & mastering techniques.
Everything is creating using FL Studio 11′s native & factory sounds. All FLP’s are compatible with FL studio 11.1 & later.
The FL studio templates are designed to be used as educational tools & templates for creating new tracks. You must create your own melodies and arrangement if using the templates to create commercial releases.
8 Free Ableton Live Racks Mixing and Mastering Tools
We are pleased to present our "Mixing and Mastering Tools” – free Ableton Live racks that simplify common tasks such as equalization, low-end control, stereo imaging, etc. You may find some of them in our Ableton templates. Actually we were planning to sell them, but decided to offer them for free because we think you’re awesome!
Using only Ableton’s built in plugins and effects we’ve designed a set of useful racks for mixing and mastering purposes. Each rack comes with useful macro controls for key parameters, but you can always dig deeper and open them up to customize everything to fit your needs perfectly.
In this pack you will find 8 expertly crafted free Ableton Live racks that will save your time and bring your tracks to the next level!
Maximizer – compressor and limiter designed specifically for EDM mastering.
Bass Body Booster – perfect tool for adding weight and body to bass instruments.
Body Booster – same as Bass Body Booster, but for leads and synths.
High Booster – use High Booster to make your synths, leads and tops sound sharp and crisp.
Imager – a multiband stereo widening and narrowing rack that allows you control stereo width of each band.
Easy EQ – simple but smart mastering EQ tuned to three main frequency regions, and due to specific setting allows you quickly fix problematic frequencies in your mixes.
Low-end Control – perfect tool to control low-end of your mixes or bass instruments (you may need speakers with a good bass response to hear the effect).
Exciter – this rack is a must if you want to enhance low, mid or high frequencies of any individual instrument or an entire mix.