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EDM Digital Mixing with Analog Results

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    Kick Drum Processing

    Learn how to process a solid punchy kick drum in a dense EDM production.

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    Kick Low Parallel Processing

    Koen demonstrates how to emphasize the low-end of a kick drum without altering the original's kick drum timbre.

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    Kick Top Parallel Processing

    You can enhance the kick drum's attack frequency without altering the original kick drum's timbre.

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    Clap Processing

    How to process a clap to give it presence and carve space for the kick drum in the clap.

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    Snare Processing

    Craft a hard hitting snare and to carve space for the kick drum in the snare.

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    Clap & Snare Parallel Midrange Processing

    Learn how to give the Clap and Snare additional midrange presence without altering the clap or snare’s original timbre.

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    Clap & Snare Parallel Top Processing

    Add additional air to the Clap and Snare without altering the Clap and Snare's original timbre.

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    Toms Processing

    Koen demonstrates his technique for building solid punchy toms in a dense EDM production.

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    Toms Low Parallel Processing

    Learn how to add additional low-end punch to toms without altering the toms original timbre.

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    Toms Top Parallel Processing

    Give the toms’ attack a solid punch without altering the toms original timbre.

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    OH Processing

    Koen demonstrates how to create those classic EDM “glass hats” and make them shimmer without sounding harsh.

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    Drum Group Processing

    Learn how to glue together the drum buss.

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    Drum Group Transient Designer Processing

    Add additional punch to the drums for clarity and perceived loudness.

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    Bass Group Processing

    Koen explores how to carve out space for the kick and remove low-end rumble and muddiness for a clean and powerful bass.

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    Bass Group Parallel Processing

    Learn how to add additional loudness to the bass so it will cut-through on even the smallest of multi-media speakers.

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    Bass Group Sidechain Processing

    Create space for both the kick drum and bass.

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    Keyboard Group Processing

    Learn the famous EDM pumping technique using sidechain processing.

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    Keyboard Group Sidechain Processing

    Learn the famous EDM pumping technique using sidechain processing.

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    EFX Group Processing

    Carve out space and make the effects sound huge in a dense EDM production.

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    Vocal Group Processing

    Learn to process vocals that cut through the mix.

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    Mix Buss Processing

    Glue together the entire mix and add punch, presence, and air for that “radio ready” sound.

Product Overview

Star mixer Koen Heldens has worked on tracks for Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Rhianna, Missy Elliot, and scores more. Koen is in high demand because when he mixes “in the box” it sounds like he’s behind a mega-console with a ton of analog outboard gear. See how Koen does it as he shares some of his juiciest EDM mixing secrets!

Koen approaches mixing in a very organized way, and he starts out on how to process the kick drum in order to get that punchy EDM kick sound.

He then demonstrates how you can craft the perfect snare and clap sounds with punch and presence, and then explores how to process toms, overheads and the drum group, finishing up drum processing duties.

Moving to the rest of the instruments, Koen demonstrates how to process the bass group using both sidechain and parallel processing, followed by how to create wide, cinematic club keyboard sounds, and how to carve out space for effects.

How to use groups and group parallel processing to give vocals a lift is next, and Koen concludes his series with a video on mix bus processing to give everything that final, radio-ready sheen.

Whether you’ve just started mixing EDM music, or you’re an experienced mixer looking for some pro tips from one of the best, watch “EDM Digital Mixing with Analog Results” today!

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EDM Digital Mixing with Analog Results is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 5 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Worth A Watch Always good to see how someone else works.
Date published: 2021-05-27
Date published: 2020-07-28
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Deep Insight on Parallel Processing - rest rather Basic What I liked: Deep insight how he parallel processes Tracks and Groups to get a deep and uncluttered Low end and how to deal with other instruments to still sit right in the mix having a huge Lowend. What I didn't like: The final Mix has a very good balance but unfortunately still sounds like a bedroom Production in the end. Suggestion: Use another track that has better bass/keyboard/lead sounds if not using any delays, reverbs or modulation effects is the intended and "pure", "analog approach". Or show how to bring the cheap sounds that have been delivered to the next level.
Date published: 2018-11-26
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very nice! Thank you for this knowlegde.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Great insight into EDM track processing! If your new to mixing EDM his explanation and descriptive reasons for application of certain techniques is incredible. For the more advanced student alot of the information is just great review with real application.
Date published: 2016-05-12
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