Multiplier welcomes you to this course and explains what all he'll be going over in this tutorial.
Don't set the bass level too high (the sub bass fundamental should hit around -6db on the master).
Use sidechain compression, but not just on the bass; sidechain compress everything to the kick.
Pay attention to perceived loudness; don’t make your tracks too loud!
Use genre appropriate kicks and snares.
Don't overlook clicks from discontinuities.
Sample pack drums are already compressed/eq’d; no need to do it a second time.
Don't clip the master, but also know where it’s ok to clip.
Referencing your tracks on horrible speakers can help you ensure your ideas are musically interesting.
Add a percussive attack to the first 30 ms of synths to help define the start of new notes.
Don’t just use sample packs, record your own samples.
Adam Pollard, aka Multiplier, returns in this in-depth video tutorial series teaching you how to avoid common pitfalls and “gotchas” when creating cutting edge EDM music. With these tried and true tips, you’ll learn to make pumping tracks that avoid tired cliches!
The series begins by teaching you proper ways to set bass levels, followed by an explanation as to why you should sidechain compress the entire production, not just the bass.
Multiplier warns you not to not create tracks that are too loud, to use genre appropriate kicks and snares, and also cautions not to overlook clicks from sample discontinuities. In addition, Multiplier warns not to over-process samples from a pack, and not to clip the master.
Multiplier also demonstrates where it’s recommended for you to clip tracks, and to reference your tracks not just on high quality monitors, but really horrible monitors as well, to reveal other potential flaws.
In conclusion, Multiplier shows you how to add percussive attack to synths, and cautions against relying solely on sample packs, advising EDM producers to record their own samples.
If you’re new to creating EDM music, or an experienced producer wanting to ensure you don’t fall into common missteps, don’t miss “Top Ten EDM Don’ts” today!
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