For this workshop, we are going to explore the paths and techniques of taking a finished project and making it sound as good (if not better!) then commercial songs in the EDM industry. We will begin with listening and metering the finished track on both a frequency analyzer and a Peak/RMS meter, and comparing what we hear and see with commercial reference tracks that we want our record to sound like. We will then begin the process of matching (both visually and audibly) our track to the reference track with the sound we prefer the most.
We start by covering how to group our tracks into busses, and then we will mix the stems within each bus. From there, we will mix each bus to get us ready to master the record. I’ll talk about shaping your song for the master session using headroom, EQ, Expanding/Compression/Limiting, Saturation and Imaging/Stereo Delay. At the end we will speak about bouncing your audio and what settings to use.
Once our project is mixed down, we will cover mastering techniques to get our track ready for release. We will once again cover EQ, but we will talk about Multiband Compression, Excitement, handling the mids and sides, Post-EQ, limiting/clipping, differences between analog and digital, and within this, some cool secrets!
At the end of this workshop you will have a strong foundation of how to take your music and make it stand out from your competitors. So let’s do it!
About the Mmmmaven Instructor:
Justin Maribito is an electronic music producer, singer, DJ and audio engineer from Boston. His passion for music stems from a young age, and he transferred this passion into music production in college after realizing how much can be made “in the box” with software. Justin was never a strong instrumentalist (though he plays guitar, bass and piano), so electronic music gave him the ability to express the rhythms and melodies that are always playing in his head.
While he works in many different genres, Justin is mostly interested in creating hard-hitting and vocal-driven melodic dubstep that fuses essences of alternative and post-hardcore rock music. He is always pushing to innovate with his sound which he calls NuBass. He is relentless in finding new and unique ways to explore music, both in production, mixing/mastering, and exposure.
Ableton Live gives us the ability to customize our work-space using templates and proprietary hardware that makes it easy come up with musical ideas in a loop based environment and to then transfer that to a more traditional DAW work-space to arrange, mix, and master the song. In this workshop we will take a look at the tools that Ableton Live provides to create musical ideas and develop them into full songs. By utilizing Ableton Live’s unique Session View, and the Ableton Push, we will create a song from scratch using various MIDI instruments as well as edited audio samples. Lastly, we will take our initial idea and then expand upon it by transferring our work to Ableton Live’s Arrangement view and talk about techniques for developing a small musical idea into a fully arranged song.
Mitchell Owens is a Boston based Music Producer and DJ that produces and performs under the moniker Subalias. With seven years of music production and performance experience in genres ranging from R&B, Hip-Hop, House, and Techno, Mitchell provides a well rounded approach to not only music production, but also sound design, synthesis, and songwriting. Mitchell is currently one of the music production instructors at Mmmmaven DJ & Music Production School in Cambridge, MA.