QUICK TIPS

Future Music - - PRODUCER’S GUIDE -

1 Right from the start of the track-mak­ing process, re­li­giously sum your master out­put to mono on a reg­u­lar ba­sis to check for mono com­pat­i­bil­ity.

2 With pan­ning less is of­ten more. Sub­tly pan your drum buss two de­grees in one di­rec­tion, and your bass by the same in the op­po­site di­rec­tion, to sep­a­rate them ever so slightly in the mix.

3 To make your main cho­rus or drop sec­tion more in­tense than the pre­vi­ous sec­tion, use au­to­ma­tion to in­crease the width of key el­e­ments. Or, automate send lev­els to push parts harder into re­verbs and de­lays.

4 When lay­er­ing claps and snares, pan out the hits by vary­ing amounts to cre­ate a char­ac­ter­ful, spread-out stereo ef­fect.

5 Use a re­verb with a mix con­trol for blend­ing be­tween early and late re­flec­tions, then iso­late only the short early re­flec­tions be­fore tuck­ing this al­most-im­per­cep­ti­ble di­men­sion of width un­der the main sound.

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