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How To Master Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

Sep 22,16by Fuad Murad

In all my years of teaching electronic music production, there’s nothing I get asked about more than mastering.  I understand why that might be the case considering all the noise, hype, smoke and mirrors surrounding mastering;  it can get confusing. But that doesn’t have to be the case.  Seriously, mastering is not some kind of ancient secret passed down through generations of audio engineers.  It’s a process and you need to treat it as such. Before I jump into how to master electronic music though, there’s a few things we need to get straight. You DON’T need expensive plugins.  The …

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Why Mixing & Mastering On Headphones May Be Your Best Option

We all know how important a good monitoring environment is for achieving great sounding mixes and masters.  We also know how expensive setting it up can be. The list for setting up a good monitoring situation can be daunting to say the least. A non-square shaped room Finding and spreading out “nodes” in your room Acoustic treatment Choosing the right speakers. Ideal speaker placement Ideal listening position Special and expensive wall and floor materials …and the list goes on. But what if there was another solution to your monitoring setup, one with much less hassle?  What if you could get …

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Become a Better Producer By Following One Core Concept

We all strive to be the best we can possibly be.  We all want to improve and learn everything there is to learn about this crazy world we call music production.  We all want to become better producers. Whether it’s mixing, mastering, sound design, arrangement, or even marketing, there’s always something we want to get better at.  It’s not easy. What is easy is getting lost in all the (mis)information, noise and hype surrounding electronic music production and forgetting that it’s still music.  That being said, this genre is different than any other genre of music out there today.  It’s …

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How To Escape The 8 Bar Loop & Finish Your Arrangement

So you’ve been stuck in that same 8 bar loop for the past few hours, or even days and can’t finish your track huh?  Join the club.  It’s one of the most frustrating things ever.  To make things worse you open up Facebook and one of your friends just posted about finishing a new track in an hour…  Why does this happen?  WHY?!  To be honest I’m not sure why.  It could be lack of inspiration.  Maybe you didn’t get enough sleep.  Maybe you just need to go out and have a good time then come back with a fresh …

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