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how to layer leads

How to Layer Leads (Properly) in 5 Minutes!

Learning how to layer leads properly is one of the most important aspects of producing current-sounding, huge, rich dance and pop music.

Ok, ok....I know the title sounds a little "click bait-ey", but I'm serious: Layering leads is something I'm asked about often, and it's really not that complicated. If you want to know how to layer leads properly, there are just a few factors to consider...

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How to Autotune (Properly!)

Learn how to get your vocals sound amazing in just 3 minutes. In this video tutorial, we go through how to use autotune to get your vocals in-tune with your music.

Autotune is often mis-used (in my opinion), but it's still an essential tool if you are making music that you hope to compete with other modern styles of pop and EDM.

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how to layer sounds

Layering Sounds in EDM (Properly!)

One of the most important skills to learning music production is the art of layering different sounds. In fact, one could say that this is THE skill – regardless of genre.

An orchestra involves layer complimentary sounds, as does a band, and it's certainly the case when it comes to Electronic Dance Music production. Think about it for a second, the kick layers under the snare, the synth on the bass, and the effects on top of everything else...

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Stereo Width

Top 10 Stereo Widening Tips

We all want wide, clear, punchy mixes. Here are my top 10 ways for achieving super-wide stereo width in an easy to understand, step-by-step tutorial.

Stereo width is super-important when it comes to a pro-sounding mix, and there are a few tools at our disposal. This video goes through my ten favourite techniques, and how to to use them. In this video, we cover...

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how to use audio compression properly

How to Use Compression (Properly)

Audio compression is ESSENTIAL in producing and mixing world-class music (of any genre, but particularly EDM genres), and alongside volume and equalisation (and our ears), compressors are arguably one of the most important mixing tools we have at our disposal.

In this post, I explain all the core controls that decent compressors have (Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release, Output Gain and Knee), and how they work, and then go through 4 examples of why, where and how you might want to compress...

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mixing low end

How to Get a FAT Bottom End in Your Mix

Are you tired of weak, thin or muddy bass? Looking to get a powerful, fat bottom end in your mix (without the muddiness)? Here are my 4 best tips for mixing your low end...

There are few things as important as a solid low end in Electronic Dance Music. We want to make music that rocks the dance floor or shakes the stage, and the low end is the foundation of all dance music.

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developing your unique signature sound

10 Ways to Develop Your Unique Signature Sound

How do you stand out when there are SO many tracks being released each week? And you’re not even a professional producer yet?

Well, apart from high quality, the key is to develop your own, unique “signature sound”…the holy grail of music production!

In this post we take a look at:

1. What is a signature sound?
2. Why do you want one? 
3. How do you develop your own?

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layering kicks

How to Layer Kicks (Properly!)

Layering kicks in electronic dance music is a tried and tested way to get control over arguably one of the the most important foundations of your track.

What happens when you LOVE the low-end "thump" of a kick sample, but it just doesn't cut through your mix? Sure, you could swap it for a sample with more high-frequencies, but then you could be sacrificing the bass...

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