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Dec'17

How to Use an Expander for Punchy Drums and Mastering

Sometimes no matter what you do, your drums are just not as big and punchy as what you hear on other tracks.  In this video, I’ll show you how to use an expander plugin to bring out the punch of the drums during mastering.   You can use the same concepts and use an expander to make your drum loops, kicks, snares, percussion and other instruments sound more punchy and give them extra attack and power. An expander plugin is kind of the opposite of a compressor.  While a compressor is designed to turn things down, an expander is designed to …

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22

Sep'16

How To Master Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

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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