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Mastering EDM in the Box

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    What is Mastering?

    An introduction to the tools of the trade and the special requirements of mastering for clubs.

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    Preparing the Mixdown

    A demonstration of important mix themes to ensure a great pre-master.

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    EQ

    Use EQ to fix balance problems.

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    Dynamics

    A discussion of parallel compression vs inline compression including an explanation of why I rarely use inline compression to compress EDM.

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    Mulitband Harmonic Excitation

    You can use the ozone harmonic exciter to create a mix with a better balance that jumps out of the speakers.

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    Stereo Imaging

    Make sure you have a mono compatible low end and also learn to enhance your track’s stereo image.

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    Reverb

    Use Reverb to manipulate the spacial dimension of your mix.

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    Limiting

    Learn about the final state in the mastering process.

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    Dithering

    What is it and Do we need to worry about it for EDM mastering

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    Comparing Your Mixes to the Competition

    Introducing Magic AB and what makes it a essential tool for getting the best master you can.

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    Macro Dynamics

    Apply volume automation to enhance drops and introduce a little bit of extra dynamics for maximum dance floor impact!

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    EDM Mastering in Action

    A final walkthrough of putting all of these principles and techniques into practice!

Product Overview


Do you have a killer EDM song that’s ready to go, but needs that extra something before it’s ready for all the world’s dance floors? In this video tutorial series dance music guru Laurence Holcombe shows you how to polish your dance track, giving it that extra pump and sheen to really stand out amongst the sea of EDM tracks.

Laurence starts by giving you a guided tour of his favorite mastering tools, and how mastering for clubs differs from other forms of audio mastering. He goes on to show you how to prepare your mixdown for mastering, using hi-pass filters for clean low end and a little compression.

Laurence now gets into the nitty gritty with a video showing you how to use EQ to fix balance problems, then it’s on to compression and multiband harmonic excitation. With the track sounding stellar and the harmonics happening, it’s time to work on the stereo imaging.

Laurence emphasizes that with a dance track, you want to make sure the low end is mono compatible, but you also want to make sure the rest of the stereo image is interesting. The last effect to be covered is the use of reverb to add a special dimension to your track.

With the sound sorted, Laurence shifts focus to preparing the song for the world. He discusses limiting your audio, and explains what dither is and what you need to know about it when mastering EDM. Then it’s time to compare your song to a reference track, and to use fine volume automation to add dynamics.

Lastly, he walks you through the final result, so you can see how far you’ve come and how your song is now on a different level. If you produce EDM music and want to give your song that magic dust before introducing it to the dance floor, watch “Mastering for EDM” today!


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Tom Helvey
Submitted 7 months ago

One Of Groove3's Best

I keep going back and reviewing this whenever I do masters. I even bought a copy just to be have it locally without having to look for it online. This tutorial doesn't just itemize the UI like so many others do, it actually shows you how to use the tools effectively. It explores how to fix problems as well as how to make a good mix sound great.


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Pav
Submitted 1 year ago

Fantastic course!

Provides an excellent overview of the mastering process, as well as quite some detail and tips and tricks along the way. Highly recommended!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Ableton Live, Logic Pro


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dancindiie
Submitted 1 year ago

Great insight into mastering EDM

Great explanation of different mastering tools can be used to achieve a great end product

I am a: Beginner


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Djjacques
Submitted 1 year ago

Great Tutorial

That explain most of what EDM Producer need to know. Many Technique. Awesome

I am a: Semi-Pro, Professional, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Ableton Live, Logic Pro


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ChrisH
Submitted 2 years ago

This was very helpful .

I Watched the whole thing without pause . Laurence is a very good instructor .


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Jose Solis
Submitted 2 years ago

Nice Course

This is an excellent tutorial for those who don't have the money to go with a pro (mastering engineer)

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Mastering Facility, Ableton Live


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Garbell
Submitted 2 years ago

helpful

thans


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ppdgn
Submitted 2 years ago

Excellent!

I´m gonna buy it to keep it as a clear guide for mastering my productions

I am a: Producer


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Djuppayard
Submitted 3 years ago

V.E.R.Y. G.O.O.D.J.O.B.

Am more than satisfied with the results simply means i learn a whole bundle thanks groove3...

I am a: Producer, Hobbyist, Beat Maker


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Tom Helvey
Submitted 7 months ago

One Of Groove3's Best

I keep going back and reviewing this whenever I do masters. I even bought a copy just to be have it locally without having to look for it online. This tutorial doesn't just itemize the UI like so many others do, it actually shows you how to use the tools effectively. It explores how to fix problems as well as how to make a good mix sound great.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Pav
Submitted 1 year ago

Fantastic course!

Provides an excellent overview of the mastering process, as well as quite some detail and tips and tricks along the way. Highly recommended!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Ableton Live, Logic Pro

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

dancindiie
Submitted 1 year ago

Great insight into mastering EDM

Great explanation of different mastering tools can be used to achieve a great end product

I am a: Beginner

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Djjacques
Submitted 1 year ago

Great Tutorial

That explain most of what EDM Producer need to know. Many Technique. Awesome

I am a: Semi-Pro, Professional, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Ableton Live, Logic Pro

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

ChrisH
Submitted 2 years ago

This was very helpful .

I Watched the whole thing without pause . Laurence is a very good instructor .

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Jose Solis
Submitted 2 years ago

Nice Course

This is an excellent tutorial for those who don't have the money to go with a pro (mastering engineer)

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Mastering Facility, Ableton Live

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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Garbell
Submitted 2 years ago

helpful

thans

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ppdgn
Submitted 2 years ago

Excellent!

I´m gonna buy it to keep it as a clear guide for mastering my productions

I am a: Producer

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Djuppayard
Submitted 3 years ago

V.E.R.Y. G.O.O.D.J.O.B.

Am more than satisfied with the results simply means i learn a whole bundle thanks groove3...

I am a: Producer, Hobbyist, Beat Maker

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I learnt the trumpet and piano around age 12 and then guitar a couple of years later. I played in a few indie bands for a few years until I discovered the turntables and Dj'ing. I then swapped the guitar for the synthesizer and the stage for the Dj booth and the rest is history!

2. What training have you had?

I completed a diploma in sound engineering and music technology from islington Music Workshop in London. I am also level 1 certified in Logic. The most important training I have received though is sitting for hours on end at my studio making music!

3. When did you get into recording?

Recording demos for the indie bands I mentioned earlier. Then recording vocals for my tracks as DEF inc. and laterally Rebel Sonix. I also worked in London studio Rollover in around 2005.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've remixed Coldplay, Kylie, Roots Manuva and John B. Labels I have released on include Parlaphone, EMI, Fingerlickin, Eight Fx, Quantum, Botchit and Scarper amongst others. I have composed music for Sony Playstation games, Sky tv, J&B Whiskey, Lexus cars and the BBC to name a few. I have produced online tutorial videos and have had a 1 hour production video in Music Techs magazines cover DVD. I have also Dj'ed at events such as Glastonbury festival and Miami WMC and touring extensively all over the world.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well hopefully I have a clear and concise training method mixed with a serious passion for making music. I have previously worked for Apple teaching Logic and also regularly lecture on Logic and electronic music production. I also teach the Ministry of Sound DJ academy in London which involves teaching an introduction to Djing as well as in depth seminars on using NI's Traktor and also Serato Scratch Live. As a producer making cutting edge electronic music, I have to remain at the forefront of new sounds and production techniques. I mix my time between different areas of the music industry - production, remixing, DJing and also teaching which allows me to develop all those skills simultaneously - so I can improve my teaching ability whilst also continuing to develop as a producer (something which you never stop doing!)

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Mastering EDM in the Box is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 9 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from One Of Groove3's Best I keep going back and reviewing this whenever I do masters. I even bought a copy just to be have it locally without having to look for it online. This tutorial doesn't just itemize the UI like so many others do, it actually shows you how to use the tools effectively. It explores how to fix problems as well as how to make a good mix sound great.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic course! Provides an excellent overview of the mastering process, as well as quite some detail and tips and tricks along the way. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great insight into mastering EDM Great explanation of different mastering tools can be used to achieve a great end product
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorial That explain most of what EDM Producer need to know. Many Technique. Awesome
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This was very helpful . I Watched the whole thing without pause . Laurence is a very good instructor .
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nice Course This is an excellent tutorial for those who don't have the money to go with a pro (mastering engineer)
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from helpful thans
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! I´m gonna buy it to keep it as a clear guide for mastering my productions
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from V.E.R.Y. G.O.O.D.J.O.B. Am more than satisfied with the results simply means i learn a whole bundle thanks groove3...
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