Mixing EDM

Learn the practical concepts of filters and EQ, to practical compression techniques to replicate a professional EDM mix
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

Build a strong foundation in Mixing with this course for beginners.

  • Create New Sessions
  • Organize Tracks
  • Track Bussing
  • Speed Up Your Workflow Using Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Learn the Fundamentals in Mixing and Mastering

A Powerful Skill at Your Fingertips
Learning fundamentals of mixing electronic music in Pro Tools puts a powerful and very useful skill at your fingertips. Pro Tools is the Photoshop for professional music production and mixing. EDM genres are plentiful, and being able to learn mixing will give you a strong background to more easily pick up new projects.

Content and Overview
Suitable for beginners, through this course you’ll learn the fundamentals of mixing. Included are quizzes to enhance our video training.
Starting with the basics on setting a new mix session, we touch on the importance of proper gain staging, as well as keyboard shortcuts for a speedier workflow.
Our focus is not a tutorial, but a comprehensive course of what you need to know.

Students completing this course will have the “know-how” to mixing in Pro Tools for any music project.

What are the requirements?

  • Computer literacy skills on Mac or PC
  • Access to a copy of Pro Tools 11 or higher is ideal
  • Exact plugins used in the video are not mandatory

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 14 courses and 3 hours of content!
  • Understanding the use of EQ’s and Filters
  • Learning Compression and Distortion
  • Use effects for depth and width

What is the target audience?

  • Aspiring producers who want to learn mixing
  • Audio engineers wanting to learn electronic music
  • Self-taught Pro Tools users who need a more comprehensive step-by-step learning path

What are the requirements?

  • You should be familiar with any Digital Audio Workstation
  • Using stock plugins work without having to buy additional software
  • Having a good pair of headphones or studio monitors is highly advised

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Choose the right plugins for mixing an EDM production
  • Setup your mixing environment for a speedy workflow
  • Compare your mixes to commercial mixes

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for producers and musicians looking to learn more advanced mixing techniques
  • Anyone with basic software experience can easily follow along
  • Ideal for mixing engineers who want to learn pro mixing techniques

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.


Section 1: Grunt Work

Welcome to this course. In this video we lay out the course objectives. This is what you will expect to learn for the rest of the series. Hope you enjoy!


In this chapter you'll learn how to analyze your files prior to importing them to your session. It's important to keep a consistent file format through the project.


In this chapter you'll learn how to properly set the gain levels on your audio before you hit the mixer to ensure proper mixing levels.


Setting up your tracks to a certain order will help you avoid confusion when you start mixing. Using color coding also helps as a visual cue to address instrument sections in the mixer.

1 question

Let's test your noggin!

Section 2: Sonic Vision

In this chapter you'll learn how to approach balancing the mix. Before diving into EQ and compression its best to have a static mix that sounds balanced. This is necessary before any automation or buss processing.


In this chapter you'll learn how to setup markers to easily navigate through the song. Most DAW have markers to setup for parts of the song (intro, verse, chorus, etc...)

Section 3: Mixing Drums

Let's start mixing the drums. This is where we spend the bulk of our time ensuring we have a strong foundation. This foundation will give way to mixing the rest of the instruments.


A deeper dive into plugins. Here we begin to use EQ, compression, and parallel processing techniques as well as choosing the right types of processors for enhancing our drums.


Finalizing the drums with buss processing. As a broader sonic stroke, we can affect all the drums being sent to a buss.

1 question

Getting loud and clear sounding drums

Section 4: Mixing Instruments

With EDM the lead synth is the star of the track. If there are no vocal singers then the lead synth is usually the main hook of the song. Ensuring its not harsh we walk through the steps for applying EQ and compression.


Once the initial track processing is in place, the real magic happens in the buss track by enhancing the synth even more with wideners.


In this chapter we take a basic sounding horn section and make it fit into the mix to where it has more punch and clarity without it sounding muddy.

1 question

Advantages of using subtractive EQ.

Section 5: Mixing Samples

Vocal samples and fx have been a staple of EDM music and in this video we learn how to process them so they pop out of the mix as a crucial part of the production.


The sound effects fill out transitions between song sections. These are sometimes used instead of drum fills or crashes but can have a tendency to be harsh, so using EQ and buss processing is very important.

1 question

Single band vs multi-band

Section 6: Finalizing the Mix

Finally, the master buss processing. This stage helps to glue your mix using parallel distortion and bus EQ as well as limiting for DYI mastering.

1 question

Proven techniques for finalizing your mix.

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Instructor Biography

Music Tech Courses Pulsating Waves, Our passion for learning ignites our passion for teaching

A veteran in the Industry, Alex has worked for major companies including Avid, Digidesign, M-Audio, Akai Professional, just to name a few. Obtaining a B.A. in Music Technology, Alex has since become an effective product trainer and evangelist.

Alex has gained his popularity in the social network providing cunning videos online. Whether it’s explaining mixing concepts or showing the latest tools in digital audio, his ability to educate the online community is one worth watching.

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