How To Master Your EDM Tracks For Maximum Loudness

Learn how to master your tracks with free and native plugins to be as loud as commercial EDM tracks using any DAW
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  • Lectures 11
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

Getting your tracks to sound as big and loud as commercial EDM tracks is not easy.  It takes a production skills, great sound design, a well balanced mixdown, and mastering chops to get to the insane loudness levels of today's EDM tracks.  Whatever your opinion on the loudness war, loudness is essential when it comes to EDM; especially if you're looking to get signed or get spins in the clubs and that's a fact of life.

Mastering EDM for loudness can be done in a number of different ways.  In this course, you'll learn the tricks of the trade, the plugins and the techniques used to achieve maximum loudness.  

Whether you're looking to master house, trance, mainroom, or anything in between, this course will show you how to master your electronic music to be loud, clear and punching through those club systems.  

When mastering for loudness you'll be using tools like

  • Mid/Side EQ
  • Multiband compression
  • Saturation
  • Parallel processing
  • Limiting

and some other goodies to achieve that "wall of sound" effect that many EDM tracks possess and that can sometimes be very difficult to achieve.

This course was made using Ableton live, its native plugins and number of free plugins to master a festival style EDM track for maximum loudness.  Don't worry if you don't use Ableton Live because you can use ANY DAW.  Links to download the free plugins used in the course will be provided for you when you sign up as well so you'll be good to go!

So if you're looking to push your tracks to commercial level loudness while still maintaining listening quality, and if you want to stop worrying about your tracks not being loud enough, then this course is definitely for you!


What are the requirements?

  • You will need to have any DAW as well as be able to produce your own EDM songs and download the free plugins used in this course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Use free and native plugins to make their EDM tracks as loud as possible
  • Create the "wall of sound" effect
  • Get your tracks as loud as commercial EDM tracks

What is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for EDM producers who's goal is to match the loudness of their tracks to the loudness of commercially released EDM tracks
  • Mastering engineers

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Course Introduction and Critical Listening
05:53

A brief introduction to the course and course goals as well as critical song listening and notes.

Section 2: Tonal Balance
04:46

Learn how to use multiband stereo imaging to put frequency bands in their respective stereo spaces.  The Ableton Live Multiband Stereo Imager FX rack is included as a download.  My gift to you :)

13:48

In this lecture I'll show you a unique method of approaching EQ that can help clean up muddiness, create fullness and brighten up the top end.

EQ Continued
11:50
Section 3: Dynamics
10:19

Use a multiband compressor to control the dynamics of different frequency bands to maximize loudness.

06:04

Add harmonics, subtle distortion and fatten up your track with saturation.

04:48

Use a compressor to control peaks, glue the elements of the mix and give movement to your track.

12:15

This is where the loudness magic really happens.  A mix of parallel compression, clipping and gain staging for maximum impact.

03:42

Who said clipping was a bad thing?  Learn how to use it to your advantage!

12:58

Use a limiter to set a peak control ceiling and get more loudness

Article

Download the Ableton Live mastering chain to use in your own projects and tweak to your heart's content

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Instructor Biography

Fuad Murad, Electronic Music Producer/Mixing & Mastering Engineer

Electronic music producer and mixing/mastering engineer with a soft spot for melodic chord progressions and musical subtleties.  With over 5 years of experience teaching mixing, mastering and production in addition to several signed releases, remixes and ongoing projects, my life revolves around this beautiful genre we call "EDM."

Whether you're just getting into the game or a seasoned pro looking to add to your bag of tricks, I'm 100% certain you'll find what you're looking for in at least one of my courses.

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