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Getting your tracks to sound as big and loud as commercial EDM tracks is not easy. It takes production skill, great sound design, a well-balanced mixdown, and mastering chops to get to the insane loudness levels of today’s EDM tracks. Whatever your opinion is on the loudness war, maximum loudness is essential when it comes to EDM – especially if you’re looking to get spins in the clubs.

Mastering EDM for loudness can be done in a number of different ways.  In this course, you’ll learn the tricks of the trade, the plugins and the techniques used to achieve maximum loudness.

Whether you’re looking to master house, trance, mainroom, or anything in between, this course will show you how to master your electronic music to be loud, clear and punching through those club systems.

When mastering for loudness you’ll be using tools like

  • Mid/Side EQ
  • Multi-Band compression
  • Saturation
  • Parallel processing
  • Limiting

…along with some other goodies to achieve that “wall of sound” effect that many EDM tracks possess – and can sometimes be very difficult to achieve.

This course was made using Ableton Live and its native plugins, along with a number of free plugins, to master a festival-style EDM track for maximum loudness. If you’re not an Ableton Live user, fret not, because you can use ANY DAW.  Links to download the free plugins used in the course will be provided to you when you sign up as well.

If you’re looking to push your tracks to commercial-level loudness while still maintaining listening quality, this course is for you.

Course Requirements?

  • DAW
  • Your finished EDM track
  • The free plugins used in this course

 

Course Curriculum

Course Introduction & Critical Listening
Introduction & Listening 00:06:00
Tonal Balance
Stereo Imaging 00:05:00
EQ 00:25:00
Dynamics
Multiband Dynamics 00:10:00
Saturation 00:06:00
Peak Compression 00:05:00
“Wall of Sound” 00:12:00
Digital Clipping 00:04:00
Limiting & Final Listening 00:11:00

Course Reviews

4.6

4.6
53 ratings
  • 4.5 stars7
  • 3.5 stars2
  • 2.5 stars2
  • 5 stars34
  • 4 stars6
  • 3 stars2
  • 2 stars0
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  1. 4
  2. 5

    Very interesting and professional course !

  3. Alex Aletto GrossoMarch 30, 2019 at 2:47 amReply

    5
  4. 3

    Some interesting tips (I like the different uses of the multiband & the glue comp, will definitly try that!), but I would have liked a little more loudness theory…
    And the ends of the course lacks a fair comparison at the same volume between the original non-mastered mixdown and the crushed-mastered version, or a download of the 2 files so students can compare them. Without that it’s actually quite impossible to know if the mastered one actually sounds better or worse.

  5. 4
  6. 5

    If it’s understandable and easy to follow, that’s my classification of excellent

  7. 5

    I very like your approach. Very clearly and precisely explained.
    I have need to replay over and over again because for me like beginner here are so many details I need to cheer well.
    Great job!

  8. 5
  9. 5

    Hier ist genau das drin was draufsteht: Maximale Lautheit für EDM Tracks. Und zwar rein technisch, nicht musikalisch. Fuad stellt zwar in Frage, ob das musikalisch Sinn macht, erklärt aber sehr genau was technisch passiert und wodrauf man achten muss wenn man den Pegel auf maximalen Ausschlag bringen will ohne die Qualität zu verlieren. Fertige Mixdowns in guter Qualität sind Voraussetzung, und wie man dahin kommt erklärt Fuad sehr gut in seinen anderen Kursen.

  10. 4.5

    Compared to most Professional Songs in the same genre (e.g. by Martin Garrix, Kryder, AxIng) the Song mastered in this course is still lacking energy

    Why can’t there be courses with REAL Professional Songs? :/

    better than most youtube tutorials though…

  11. Matthias EberharterJune 17, 2018 at 2:30 pmReply

    5

    Clear structure and interresting facts that really help if your into mastering!

  12. Rafael Silva FerreroMay 4, 2018 at 10:51 pmReply

    5
  13. 5

    This course was great to help me understand the mastering aspect of loudness. It was easy to follow and even the first exercise I did was a great result.
    I can highly recommend this course for beginners!

  14. 5

    Fuad explains step by step in clear detail how to achieve maximum loudness. I found this course very interesting and engaging. I will now put this method into practice.

  15. 5

    Priceless! Thanks!

  16. Hugo gerardo De Leon ChaverriAugust 4, 2017 at 11:14 pmReply

    4.5
  17. 3.5

    I got just a loud a track using voxengo elephant limiter and just squashing it, but this still was interesting to learn an alternate method

  18. 5

    Good stuff. Exactly what I needed!

  19. 4

    Only thing I can mention about this course, is that the following statement isn’t really like it states: “Don’t worry if you don’t use Ableton Live because you can use ANY DAW. Links to download the free plugins used in the course will be provided for you when you sign up as well so you’ll be good to go!” I didn’t find the link to the free used plugins (only the multiband stereo imager for Ableton) and also found out that the waveshaper plugin is only for Mac (au). In this course, alternative plugins aren’t spoken off so for me to use this course to the max, I need Ableton and I don’t have it. I’m on Cubase Pro 9 and Studio One 3 Professional. Again, Fuad is talking really clear and calm and makes sure he’s easy to follow. To give this course five stars, I would like to see a list of alternative plugins (free and available to buy) and if necessary: some extra explanation on the recommended alternative plugins. Edit 29-12-16: Fuad added the links to the used plugins and told me he will add an alternative section. This is why I changed the rating of this course. With the alternative plugin list, this course will get 5 stars from me.

  20. 5

    Nice lesson! I gained pretty much new knowledge from this one!
    The only con is that i ‘m not using Ableton but reaper… so now i need to search for some plugins because in reaper they might not work the same way, or give me the same result.

  21. Strangetrack BdreamsNovember 25, 2016 at 8:15 amReply

    5

    It’s a gift for us, the title say it all.

  22. 5

    Fuad: natural educator.
    This is accelerated learning – Lots of value here even if you’re using a different DAW (Bitwig in my case), definitely going to check out his mixing/mastering course.

  23. Derek Lugo SuarezMay 31, 2016 at 1:09 pmReply

    3
  24. 4.5
  25. 5

    Actually deliver’s what he said and straight to the point. Almost done with the videos and can’t wait to try it on my own production – Jacob Gago

  26. 5

    Never really understood the terminoloy and methodology behind loudness until I saw this course, great work!

  27. 5

    Amazing.

  28. 5

    😀

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