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Make Better EDM Using Keys And Scales

Imagine you could take any melody in your head, quickly translate it into your D.A.W (Digital Audio Workstation), then work out which chords, harmonies and bass notes will work with it and sound great. Having a basic knowledge of keys and scales (and how to use them) will allow you do to this.

If you know in which key you’re producing a song, you can use the notes you KNOW will sound good - without having to hit-and-miss it in the piano roll editor.

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EDM chords

How To Make Chords

Learning how to make chords will help you QUICKLY take your compositions to the next level.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve often struggled to come up with original and soul-grabbing chords in my tracks. Sure, you can use ready-made loops and stick them together, or listen to (and copy) existing tracks you love, but having a basic grasp of how to put your OWN chords together from scratch opens up a whole new world of original possibilities...

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EDM Mixing Tips

30 Mixdown Tips & Techniques for Instantly Improving Your Electronic Dance Music

In this post we’re going to delve into my top 30 techniques for mixing EDM - although really the principals apply to mixing any genre of music.

Mixing is the blending together of all the elements of a track to make it sound cohesive and balanced. It's the phase in music production before mastering. There's a lot to learn - and it takes practise - but with some fundamentals under your belt you'll be crafting better mixes in no time. Here are some of the very best techniques I've picked up over the years...

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Calvin Harris Production Secrets - This is What You Came For (featuring Rihanna)

Calvin Harris's productions are some of the most successful of all time, and his newest track “This Is What You Came For (featuring Rihanna)" is blowing-up dance-floors across the globe.

I’ve put together a detailed track analysis for you guys to get some exclusive insights into how one of the most successful record producers of all time composes his music. If that sounds good to you, read on...

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Hi...Welcome to EDMtips!

Hey guys and gals, welcome to our brand new learning resource for Electronic Dance Music producers - helping you get the most from your music and answering your questions on how to make EDM. Drop us an email at info@edmtips.com to let us know what you struggle with most in your music-making, from keyboard skills, music promotion, production techniques, getting gigs or finding inspiration, etc.

We'll do our best to answer your questions and look forward to getting some quality content up for you!

In the mean time, check out our in-depth analysis of Calvin Harris's track: "This Is What You Came For (featuring Rihanna)" - It provides some juicy insights into the techniques of one of the world's most successful EDM producers!

Cheers, and happy producing,

Will - EDMtips

Will from EDMtips

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