You may have heard about sidechain compression as a tool used to get your kick drums pumping through the mix, especially in EDM. But what is sidechain compression, how does it work, and how can you use it in your mixes It Goes Back To Arrangement Let's say your kick drum sounds great on its own, but it isn't cutting through the mix quite enough. You don't have any more headroom to turn up the kick---if you do, you'll either have to limit your mix so much that it sounds awful, or you'll have to deal with the rest of your mix being really quiet. What do you do Why isn't your kick cutting... more

Nothing says hip-hop like a massive beat. Hollin Jones shows you how to lay down a phat one... Hip-hop is one of those genres of music that just doesn't work without a good beat behind it. Whether you're talking about early beatbox-themed rhythms, mid-skool stuff that heavily samples jazz and funk breaks or more recent hip-hop that uses much more polished and heavily produced beats, the rhythm is king. Stylistically, hip-hop beats can be among the most straightforward to program, since much of the time it's all about providing a foundation for the rapper to spit over. This changes somewhat... more

What makes a high quality track Is layering important How should you approach your low-end The world of electronic music production is complex and challenging, hence why this blog exists. But I know you get sick of me writing all the time, so the EDMProd team got in touch with a bunch of professional trance artists and asked if they could share a tip or two. Here's what they have to say... Stoneface & Terminal Do not send out demos of unfinished tracks, even if you think your new idea is the next big thang. Better save & close the project and load it again after one or two days.... more

So I've been working on refining the product by comparing with published library music. Looking at piano solo pieces. Listening to commercial library piano solo pieces, personally, I find many sound a little thin. My grand piano does not sound like this in real life. I find my tracks sound closer to a real piano in real life - on multiple playback systems - in terms of 'body'. A lot more mid and mid-low. Fuller, richer. Hopefully this is objective and not just me liking my own work. BUT - then I wonder - this is supposed to be background music. Maybe music supervisors WANT a piano solo... more

Mixing can often be an arduous process. With such a vast array of resources available these days, aspiring mix engineers are often trying to find what the best practises are in order to get that sound. One of the more frequent questions I get asked is when to use EQ and when to use compression in a chain. You may have heard the saying Always EQ before you compress - but that's not always necessarily the case The truth is, every mix should be treated uniquely. There is no right or wrong, however, certain scenario's might often require certain practises. Let's explore this further EQ first... more

After reading a Aphex Twin interview in 2015 I was introduced to the idea of microtonal music in electronic music. Aphex twin spoke about a few ways of creating microtonal music and mentioned the powerful application called Scala. Scala seemed very accessible entry point into this world as its a free application. If you have ever been interested in non-Western Scales and how you can play these scales with a standard Midi keyboard then Scala might be a good tool for you. Scala is a powerful software tool for experimentation with musical tunings, such as just intonation scales, equal and... more

One thing that has become abundantly clear to me listening to electronic music for over the past two decades is that bass is and always has been a integral linch pin in any successful production for any genre from techno to trap along with everything in between. Though the programming of notes may at times sound overly simplistic the sound design around sculpting the correct sound and outcome is not. You may even at times extract your favorite bass line into midi only to find that the sound is now sounding weak. It is this lack of power that can bring a production to a grinding halt. If... more

Actually the title should say 'How to make a beat that can be used in a progressive trance' because the drum beat by itself doesn't necessarily determine the genre. This kind of beat could very well be used in a uplifting trance or house music as well. Anyway, in this tutorial I will show you how I make a beat which you can typically hear in those modern progressive trance songs. Here's the beat audiohttp howtomakeelectronicmusic.com wp-content uploads audio Progressive-Trance-Beat-Examples.mp3I'm going kinda in-depth with all the eq and volume settings -- keep in mind that they will work... more

We'll start from drawing the chord progression and then we'll take a look at the bass-line pattern. It's a very simple sound, but hopefully you'll get some inspiration out of this. The post is structured in 4 parts Pad Bass Stab & String Lead This episode is also available in video format. All MIDI patterns are provided so follow along with your samples and instruments. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave a comment or get in touch with us hipromusicproducers.com. Okay then, let's start VIDEO TUTORIAL 1 PAD STEP 1 - We'll start with a 2 bars loop, playing the C minor 9th... more

Begin by loading a blank Combinator either from the Browser or from the Create Utilities menu. The first thing you should drag into it is a Line Mixer, since this will enable other modules to be submixed. 2 Now drop a synth into the area directly below the mixer but also still inside the combi. If you go too far the synth will be placed into the main rack, which isn't the aim. Done right, it should sit inside the combi. 3 If you hit the Tab key to spin the Rack around you will see why it was important to add a mixer first. The synth has been routed to the mixer with more slots free for the... more