Mixing & Mastering Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
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Mixing & Mastering Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

Learn how to professionally mix and master a dance track from start to finish using industry-standrad techniques
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Created by Fuad Murad
Last updated 8/2017
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Includes:
  • 8 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Professionally mix and master a deep house track from start to finish
  • Use plugins and effects to achieve commercial quality deep house tracks
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Requirements
  • A DAW of choice
  • Plugins that you're comfortable with
  • A deep house or dance track to work on
Description

Mixing and mastering electronic dance music is both art and science simultaneously.  In this course we’ll be using a deep house style track that’s simple, yet sophisticated, and that relies on dynamics and subtle touches to evoke emotion.

Rarely does a mixing and mastering course come along that takes you through every step, every plugin, every thought, and every nuance that goes into producing a professional deep house track.

That’s exactly what this course does.  It’s packed with hours of the best, most up-to-date techniques needed to mix and master a dance track from start to finish. This course uses both native (meaning, included with DAWs) and third-party plugins, but it does not matter which DAW you use or which plugins you have. With the skills and techniques taught in this course, you’ll transform your rough or unmixed project into a polished master ready for release.

Every detail of the mixing and mastering processes are thoroughly explained to ensure you’re not left confused, lost, and frustrated. Extra care went into ensuring that everything is kept simple, easy to understand, and focused on your efficiency and workflow.

Things you’ll learn in this course include:

  • Project and arrangement setup
  • Mix buss processing
  • Send/return channel setup
  • Vocal tuning and mixing
  • Automation and creative mixing techniques
  • Parallel compression and processing
  • Advanced EQ, compression, reverb, and delay techniques
  • Professional mastering techniques
  • much much more…

Producers of deep house music, or any other dance music genre, will find this course unlike any other.  The mixing and mastering process is broken down and explained in full detail without being overwhelming – or boring, at the other extreme.

Who is the target audience?
  • Dance music producers
  • Deep house music producers
  • EDM producers
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Curriculum For This Course
45 Lectures
08:03:31
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Introduction
1 Lecture 05:52
  • Course expectations
  • Mindset
  • Song Listening
Preview 05:52
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Project Setup
6 Lectures 01:04:17

We'll go through setting up simple and effective sidechaining to add groove to the song and keep things sounding punchy and clean.

Preview 05:18

Reverb and delay are some of the most important effects used in any dance music genre.  We'll go through setting up a number of reverb and delay effects that we will use throughout the rest of the course.

Setting Up Reverb & Delay
14:47

Good housekeeping and organization is extremely important for a smooth and enjoyable mixing session.  We'll label the different sections in the arrangement so that we have a walk through for our mixing session.

Labeling The Arrangement
06:05

Setup initial instrument levels and achieve a rough balance good enough to continue with to the mixing process

Gain Staging
18:34

Mixbus processing can bring you closer to a polished sound if used correctly.  We'll go through setting the mixbus and how that processing will be used for mixing purposes.

Mixbus Processing
09:34

*New Lecture* Mixbus Processing Part 2 - Volume Matching
09:59
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Mixing
16 Lectures 03:16:22

The kick is arguably the single most important element in any dance music song.  It has to be strong, clean, punchy and cut through a mix.  We'll go through the steps to achieve exactly that.

The Kick Drum
16:16

Mixing all the elements in the intro section of the song.

Mixing The Intro
16:37

Having vocals that sound good, on-key and tight can make or break a song.  We'll go through the manually tuning the vocals to make them sound on-point and polished.

Vocal Tuning
16:22

Vocal Tuning Part 2
18:41

In this section we will use various effects and plugins to transform a home recorded vocal to make it sound professional, polished, up-front and one that fits in the mix.

Mixing The Vocals Part 1
13:19

In this section we will continue to tweak and mix the vocals.

Mixing The Vocals Part 2
08:46

This section will cover another one of the most important aspects of deep house music mixing, and that is mixing kick and bass.  We'll get into EQ, compression sidechaining and frequency analysis to get a clean and punchy bottom end.

Mixing Kick & Bass
13:03

In this section we'll go over the synths and melodies in the song and use some use some interesting effects to give character, groove and style to the song that will make it stand out.

Preview 09:14

We will continue to mix the synths to make them fit with the other elements of the song.

Synths Part 2
17:38

Learn how to use bus processing and effects to achieve present, clear and powerful percussion.

Processing Percussion
13:46

We will review the bottom end of the kick drum to make sure that the sub-frequency levels are balanced and in tune with the rest of the elements in the song.

Kick Drum Sub Frequencies
07:39

At this point of the course many of the main elements have been processed and mixed and some need re balancing, tweaking or adjustments.

Balancing Drums, Synths & Vocals
07:21

Part of what makes deep house music unique is the use of subtle, rhythmic and sometimes very simple elements to fill out the mix and add interest and movement.  In this section we'll go over these elements and blend them in with the rest of the instruments.

Mixing Rhythmic Elements
08:12

We'll take a look at the synth guitar and give it the warmth, space and effects it needs to give the song its signature hook.

Mixing The Guitar
15:14

Transition effects are unsung heroes for many dance tracks.  They create interest, tension and excitement and are very important to get right in any mix.

Mixing Transition Effects
05:52

In this section we'll go through creating a crowd-pleasing transition buildup into the "drop" of the song using a filter sweep.

Filter Sweep Buildup
08:22
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Tweaks
7 Lectures 01:01:29

A lead pluck is the basis of the entire melody section of a track and it's important to make sure its automation captures the essence of this track.  That's just what we'll do in this lecture.

Automating Lead Pluck
10:49

We'll go over some tweaks and adjustments to a very important element in this song, the square pluck to help it blend better with the rest of the instruments.

Sweetening The Square Pluck
04:11

The vocalist for this song recorded a few more background vocal tracks which we'll be chopping and processing to add some more vocal charm to the mix.

Mixing Vocal Harmonies
14:18

A powerful technique that we'll use to make quick and broad adjustments to the mix as we listen to it from start to finish.

"On The Fly" Mixing
05:51

We;ll once again go through the mix from start to finish, only this time in mono, to make sure that it still sounds good and translates well on mono systems.

Mono Check
06:55

Adjustments to the sidechain settings to make sure we get the groove and pumping effect that we want for this song.

Tweaking The Sidechain
04:52

Automation is another extremely important factor in making a good song great.  Well go through the synths and add some filter automation to differentiate the different sections in the arrangement and create a nice flow.

Adding Filter Automation
14:33
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Mastering
14 Lectures 02:35:24

In the first section of the mastering session, we'll listen to our mixdown from start to finish and take notes on what needs improvement.  We'll also use a spectrum analyzer to get clues regarding problem frequencies and imbalances in our mix.

Critical Listening
08:57

In this lesson we'll go through some notes and thoughts on potential problems and issues that we need to tackle during the mastering session.  Taking notes and writing your observations as you listen will improve your mastering skills and helps you work more efficiently.  

Mastering Notes
05:07

Using reference tracks can drastically improve your mastering skills because they give you a starting point on where your own track should be.  You can also use reference tracks to set your loudness levels, balance of frequencies and dynamic range.  This is a critical stage of the mastering process.

The Reference Track
09:09

EQ is one of the most powerful and most important tools you have at your disposal during the mastering phase.  In this section you'll learn how to use a Pultec style EQ

  • quickly re-balance the frequencies
  • add bottom end fullness
  • clean up muddiness,
  • reduce harshness and add top end sparkle 
Preview 18:02

Mid/Side EQ is one of the most effective ways to do both broad and surgical EQ to take care of frequency problems during mastering.  It gives you the ultimate flexibility and control over the frequencies in a track since you can EQ the mids and the sides independently of each other.  In this section we'll use Mid/Side EQ to 

  • Clean up the subs
  • Balance the mids
  • Clean up muddiness and bottom end in the sides
  • Create width and separation
Mid/Side EQ
18:49

In this section we'll use multiband compression with specific goals for each frequency band and to add an extra coat of polish to the song while controlling peaks and levels within each band.

Multiband Compression
25:22

We'll use multiband stereo imaging to ensure each frequency is in its place in the stereo field for a wide sounding mix that translates well on different audio systems.

Stereo Imaging
04:23

Learn how to use distortion and saturation to give warmth, richness and character to audio and also introduces subtle harmonics for added presence and loudness.  

Harmonic Distortion
10:02

Peak compression is used mostly to control transients and control loudness.  However, we'll look into using peak compression to add more punch, attack and power to the track.  By using our ears and common sense, we can set the attack and release times, ratio and knee settings on a compressor to get that deep house attitude.

Peak Compression
10:42

Using a final coat of EQ before hitting the limiter can be very useful and acts like a final quality control step to get things to sound right.  It's also a way to clean up frequencies that may have been added due to compression and distortion.

Post EQ
13:48

Ever wondered how the pros make their songs ridiculously loud while still making it sound good?  Well your answer is in this very section.  I'll show you THE technique used to achieve maximum loudness (in addition to everything we've done before).  Best of all, you don't even need any fancy plugins to do it, just a couple of free ones!

Transient Shaping
06:33

In the final step of the mastering process, we'll use a limiter to bring the overall loudness of the song up to commercial standard without destroying dynamics.

Limiting
17:20

Dithering is a topic that confuses a lot of people.  It's actually a very simple concept and explained in very simple terms in this lesson.  I'll tell you when to use it and when not to use it and why to use it.  

Dithering
02:35

This is where you get to listen to the fruits of our labor!  The finished song, mixed and mastered and ready for the world to enjoy.

Preview 04:35
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Download Project Stems
1 Lecture 00:07

A zip file containing all the stems used in the course for you to download and practice with,

Project Stems
00:07
About the Instructor
Fuad Murad
4.5 Average rating
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3,793 Students
9 Courses
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.