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Mixing an EDM Track
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Mixing an EDM Track

with Dave Darlington

Video: Welcome

>> Hi, I'm Dave Darlington. Then I'll focus on the lead vocals and backgrounds, and >> Next, we'll pump up the other stars of this song.

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1h 37m Intermediate Jun 25, 2014

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Producer Dave Darlington has already shown you how to achieve a signature sound with Waves plugins. Here he demonstrates his Grammy-winning (and DAW-agnostic) techniques for mixing electronic dance music. From giving your vocalist the star treatment to pumping up the kick and bass, this short course will step up the creativity and quality of your music. Plus, get Dave's signature tips on mastering several versions of your song in a single step and making quick revisions to any mix.

This course features the song "Someone," by Cato Anaya, with vocals by Natalie Bautista. Connect with Cato on Twitter or download the full track on the iTunes Store.

Subjects:
Audio + Music Mixing Music Production Audio Plug-Ins Audio Effects
Software:
Pro Tools Waves
Author:
Dave Darlington

Welcome

>> Hi, I'm Dave Darlington. Welcome to Mixing an EDM Track. In this course, I'm going to take you through my entire mixing process, starting with raw, stand-alone audio tracks, all the way through to a final mastered mix. Before we focus on the music itself, I'll give you some tips for organizing your sessions, an integral part of creating successful mixes. Then I'll focus on the lead vocals and backgrounds, and build my mix starting with the star, Natalie, in this case.

>> Next, we'll pump up the other stars of this song. And many EDM tracks, the kick and bass. Then, I'll show you some techniques for sweetening the harmonic elements like synths and guitars. Next, I'll share some ideas about you how might your unique flavor to EDM mixes. And finally, I'll show you how to master a track and easily create mastered and unmastered versions for the artist and the label in a single step, plus a great trick for how I make quick revisions to any mix. I'll be working with the song Someone, by Cato Anaya, featuring Natalie Bautista, which features a lot of elements found in contemporary EDM.

A big thanks goes out to Cato for sharing his creativity with us. So, let's get started on mixing an EDM track.

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