Secrets of the Hits In the Style Of Paramore

Learn the tips, tricks, and techniques necessary to create massive Paramore style tracks.
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2014 English

Course Description

Have you ever wanted to pick apart the amazing productions of Paramore? Want to know the secrets to the incredible guitar tones, solos, and drums?

  • Are you blown away by the thick rhythm guitars?
  • Ever wonder how they glued the bass and guitars together so well?
  • Do you want to pick apart the drum sounds used and learn to mix them to perfection?
  • Have you tried referencing to Paramore before, always feeling let down when you hear your own mix?
  • Is it even possible to get those incredible sounds in your home studio?

One of the best sounding records out there in the rock genre is Paramore’s Riot. We all love the amazing guitar tones, hard hitting drums, and slick production.

But just because you love the sounds doesn’t mean you know exactly how to get them on your session.

As a producer, there’s always value in learning the tones, styles, and secrets that were used to create incredible hit recordings. That’s why we’ve painstakingly recreated a track in the style of this hit from scratch – you’ll be amazed at what you find.

What are the requirements?

  • In this course, we use Pro Tools 11, though you can use any DAW you like to create awesome productions. The skills we teach apply to all Digital Audio Workstations.
  • Session Files are included, as well as Screenshots of the plug-ins, so that you can follow along every step of the way!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Discover the possibilities of using plug-ins to get the sounds used on the hit.
  • Critically listen to each track to learn the best methods of production and mixing.
  • Figure out all of the subtleties that make this recording great.
  • Learn the best kept secrets to treating rhythm guitars in your mix.
  • Explore how to take MIDI drums to the next level with mixing.
  • Figure out the best approach to EQing your tracks for maximum size and clarity.
  • In this course, you'll learn how to create hit sounding records - all in the box.

Who is the target audience?

  • Musicians
  • Audio Engineers
  • Record Producers
  • Mixing Engineers
  • Guitarists

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: Getting Started In the Modern Rock Genre

Welcome to Multi-Platinum's Secrets of the Hits: In the Style of Paramore. In this quick intro video, we go over the track and listen down to the final mix. At this point, feel free to download the session files and work with us through this killer track!


In this lecture, we go over the key elements of the genre and identify the important things to note when creating a work in this style.

Section 2: Building the Drums From Scratch

Now we're ready to build some drums and get our first sounds. Using Virtual Instruments and by programming our parts via MIDI, we'll be on our way to awesome sounding drums.


In this lecture, we're turning our MIDI programming into audio and starting to manipulate it. We're getting great kick sounds using EQ and compression techniques.


Now it's time to add the snare. We'll be adding some plug-ins to make sure this snare has enough crack, body, and overall punch.


In this lecture, we see the drums really start to come together. We'll be adding in the overheads and figuring out how to best set their level for the perfect mix.


It's time to start adding depth to the drums in the mix. Starting with reverb is a key way to do this - in this lecture we'll be adding reverb to get some deeper drums.


In this lecture, we are going to be finalizing the drum mix and creating massive sounds through parallel compression and busses. By using these techniques, we'll be well on our way to getting radio-ready drums!

Section 3: Laying Down the Bass Guitar Parts

Now it's time to bring up the bass part. We're going to be going over some of the key pieces of the bass tracks here.


In this genre, we're going to be using two types of bass parts to create that classic Paramore wall of sound. Different levels of distortion will be used to achieve this effect.


Let's dive into the final steps for mixing the bass - using amp models to achieve killer sounds and getting the perfect balance with the drums.

Section 4: Working with the Guitars

In this lecture, we're going over the rhythm guitars and looking at why each part exists in this production. This is where this mix will come to life.


The parts and arrangements are extremely important in this genre. We will be going over the parts and how to best write them for maximum size and tone.


In this lecture, we're setting up the foundation in the rhythm guitars. It's time to start layering tracks to get massive sounds in the rhythm guitar parts.


Here, we start to layer more and more guitar parts to achieve that polished Paramore sound.


In this style of music, the solo guitar is extremely important. We'll be going over the part and some of the key things to focus on in your solos.


In this lecture, we're starting off by dialing in the amp model for the solo guitar tone. We'll be using multiple effects and processing plug-ins to achieve this killer tone.


We're ready to finalize the solo guitar with a few more plug-ins in order to get a smooth and perfect mix with our solo guitar.


In this genre, lead guitars are important. Even though there aren't many tracks, they're really important to the overall production.

Section 5: Finishing Mix Touches

It's time to finish up the mix with a few more tracks to add some interest for the listener.


In this video, we're going to be walking through one of the most important parts of the final mixing process: automation. We'll learn where to use it and how to get an even, smooth mix all the way through.


Thank you for joining us! It's time to add the very last touches to our mix and print it.

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Instructor Biography

Music Recording, Mixing Multi Platinum, Learn to Produce, Mix & Record

We started Multi-Platinum to connect you to top producers and great teaching. Our goal is to help you produce continually better music, by getting you working alongside the best performers and producers in the world.

I'm Nathan “Adan" Adam, a founder of Multi-Platinum, active audio and television post producer, studio owner and professor of audio engineering at Belmont University.

As an audio & video producer, I've edited, recorded or mixed projects for artists including the orchestral score for “Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby", multi-platinum country star Collin Raye, the Grascals, Debbie Boon, the Grascals, Jim Stafford, Larry Gatlin, Carrie Tillis, Les Brown Jr, and many others.

Over the last 13 years I've worked with literally thousands of musicians just like you to help them launch their careers as producers and engineers.

My students have gone on to be touring engineers and artists, Grammy nominees and even Grammy winners.

In this series I'm excited to introduce you to Nashville producer Dean Palya Jr.

A multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter on Guitar, Piano, Drums, Bass, Organ, Violin and Vocals with secondaries in Saxophone, Clarinet and Ukelele, Dean is one of the most versatile music creators I've ever encountered.

In addition to tracking and mixing demos for a range of Nashville artists, he has produced 6 full length records of his own songs in genres as diverse as rock, pop, classical and hip hop.

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