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Mixing Electronic Music

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Setting Up and Getting Started

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    1:39

    The track is Kirsty Hawkshaw vs Kinky Roland - Fine Day Reloaded released on Loverush Digital

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    Tutorial 2

    Track Overview

    6:06

    Find out a bit about the track we'll be working on for the series. Go over some of the plugins and learn why this isn't the 'only way' to mix.

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    Tutorial 3

    Organizing Tracks

    7:07

    See how to shuffle and arrange your tracks into groups that make sense to you.

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    Tutorial 4

    Setting up the Sidechain

    2:48

    See how to set up a sidechain to use for creative and mix effects.

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    Tutorial 5

    Naming Aux Tracks

    3:37

    Set up the names for the Aux/Bus tracks you might need later on.

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    Tutorial 6

    Aux Setup Pt. 1

    9:58

    Learn how to load up your Aux/Bus tracks with the effects needed for the mix so you don't have to stop during the mix!

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    Tutorial 7

    Aux Setup Pt. 2

    6:22

    Continue to pile on the effect plug-ins to make your mix shine.

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    Tutorial 8

    Master Bus Setup

    4:23

    See how to setup the sometimes controversial compressor and some other enhancing plugins on the master bus.

Drums and Bass

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    Tutorial 9

    Kick Drum

    10:08

    Get started at the foundation of dance music, the kick drum!

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    Tutorial 10

    Rough Mix

    11:12

    Discover how easy it is to set up a rough mix of your entire drum section.

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    Tutorial 11

    Reverb & Compression

    11:02

    Learn how to set up drum bus compression and reverb for your drums.

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    Tutorial 12

    EQ & More

    11:45

    Go through the various single drum tracks, applying EQ and clipping peaks to get your drums loud!

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    Tutorial 13

    Bongo Adjustments

    8:15

    Transform the low end gobbling Bongos into spacious percussive elements.

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    Tutorial 14

    ComboThwack

    7:28

    Tame an overbearing offbeat stab, fitting it into the groove of the drums.

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    Tutorial 15

    Low End Theory

    15:03

    Explore the sound design of the main baseline & work an accent baseline into the mix.

Synths and Vocals

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    Tutorial 16

    Rough Full Mix & Vocals

    14:23

    See how to rough out the rest of the mix by bringing in the remaining tracks.

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    Tutorial 17

    Synths

    32:34

    Work all the synths and main riffs into the mix.

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    Tutorial 18

    Pads & Strings

    10:33

    Fill out those breakdown moments with pads and strings.

Final Tweaking

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    Tutorial 19

    Effects

    15:19

    Start to add the fairy dust to the track in the form of whooshes, sweeps and builds.

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    Tutorial 20

    Vocal Tweaks

    6:50

    Touch up the compression and get rid of some pesky frequencies with the vocal.

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    Tutorial 21

    FX Tweaks

    5:57

    A bit of balancing between the riffs and effects.

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    Tutorial 22

    Kick & Bass Compression

    10:06

    Helping the low end guys to play nice together.

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    Tutorial 23

    Automation

    12:21

    See how plug-in automation can turn blah into yeehaw.

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    Tutorial 24

    The Final Review

    10:08

    Go through the entire track and do a bit of home mastering.

World-class remixer extraordinaire Timothy Allan is back with a series that will reveal all there is to make a huge, modern sounding electronic dance track right in your DAW. He begins with his remix of the classic dance track "Fine Day" in raw, multi-track form, and mixes from the bottom up, showing you all of his trade secrets along the way.

Shown in Logic, but applicable to any DAW, Tim covers the basics first, such as organizing the session, setting up sidechains, aux tracks for effects and the master bus configuration. Next, he works the kick drum, then whips up a rough mix, and hones in on all the individual elements such as vocals, percussion, synths, bass, pads and strings. He then wraps it up with vocal and effect tweaks that make huge differences in the mix, special kick and bass compression, automation and more.

If you're striving for that "radio ready" sound and a mix that sounds huge in the clubs, this collection of video tutorials is a must see. After absorbing and applying Tim's techniques, your electronic music tracks will sound more professional and stand out in the sea of music productions.

INFINX
Submitted 5 months ago

Classic Track! Awesome remix :D

Love his tutorial on mixing around the kick. I've been mixing for a little now and this tutorial has helped me with fitting drums into the right spots, getting the kick and bass to punch through my mix without all the mud and low end. It's nice to hear a progressive trance remix on here!

I am a: Producer, Professional, Audio Engineer, Musician

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Johannes
Submitted 7 months ago

Nice guy, talkative, funny.

Also not that kind of my wow-song, it's interesting and funny to watch. Thank you very much. Sound-quality is very good.

I am a: Producer, Professional, Musician, Sound for Film/TV

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

As a very young kid my parents signed me up for piano lessons. My mom said if I quit that I would regret it later on in life, but I thought piano lessons were boring! Electronic music was a natural progression for me from those early days, it let me combine my love of technology and all things nerdy with a love of loud and strange noises.

2. What training have you had?

I've had years and years of training from a good friend of mine named "The Internet", and before him my other good pal "Trial and Error". 

3. When did you get into recording?

The wonder of synthesis and certain electronic music is that you never really have to record anything if you don't want to! Although I do remember way back in the day recording found sounds on an old garage sale cassette recorder I bought, and using those samples in old school Trackers on the Apple II.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've worked with, and for, a whole bunch of fantastic people so far. Some of the more popular ones include Empire of the Sun, Dirty South, Ash, Paul Oakenfold, Carl Kennedy, Hong Kong Blondes, Loverush UK, Molly Bancroft, Made by Monkeys, Tiff Lacey, Marcie, Offer Nissim and Kirsty Hawkshaw. Madonna chose a track I made for a compilation she released, although she never called or took me for lunch! That really doesn't count as 'working with' does it!?

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I'm good at training people because I remember what it was like to be the newbie, and I try and go over things that I would have found interesting and cool, back when I was starting out. I take the time to learn the techniques inside and out, and then break that down quickly for people.

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    Finishing a Club Track in Live 9

    Following on the heels of his smash hit series "Starting a Club Track with Live 9", Timothy Allan is back with the sequel, "Finishing a Club Track with Live 9". In this series, Timothy shows you how to arrange and finalize the beats and grooves created in the first series and make it sound like a world-class club track. Timothy even includes the Live session file and samples so you can work and experiment along with him.

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Mixing Electronic Music is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Classic Track! Awesome remix :D Love his tutorial on mixing around the kick. I've been mixing for a little now and this tutorial has helped me with fitting drums into the right spots, getting the kick and bass to punch through my mix without all the mud and low end. It's nice to hear a progressive trance remix on here!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nice guy, talkative, funny. Also not that kind of my wow-song, it's interesting and funny to watch. Thank you very much. Sound-quality is very good.
Date published: 2016-09-14