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PRODUCTION TIP #2
Use an analyzer like Voxengo Span (free), on your master channel to ensure your sub is at the right level. Analyzers seem confusing when you don't know what you are looking at, but it really pays to understand how a mix looks in relation to how it sounds. Good mixes almost always share some basic characteristics that you can make sure your track has.
This is a snapshot taken during the drop of JVST SAY YES & Ephwurd - "switch"
A great mix often looks kind of like a smiley face curve such as this, and may have a mid range section popping out somewhere in the middle (looks like a lump or a half circle or something). If we play the track and mute the lead bass sound, the lump goes away but the smiley face remains the same. Not all tracks will have a lump lol, it depends what your lead is. For example, a track with a percussion lead may just look like some form of smile curve and nothing else. You could also think of it as mountain, valley, mountain (with a chance of clouds in the middle). ????
In bass music of all kinds, aim for your sub volume of your finished track to hit around the -30 mark (in Voxengo span). If your sub is too far below -30 at its peak, your track will sound thin. If your sub sits far above -30, it will sound too bassy on a club system. -30 is also where the highest part of your high end should hit on average (during the drop, containing high hats etc). Assuming that your final mix is at the same volume as professional edm tunes. If you mix at lower levels, choose -40 or whatever you want. But just make sure your lows and highs hit around the same peak levels to create a similar shape, and you will likely be in balance, which is more important than being at any particular volume.
Last tip, the peak of your sub (~40- 80hz) should always be hitting higher than the peak of your kick drum (~80-150hz) during the drop. It should slant downward, creating the left half of the smile curve (see picture). There will always be exceptions to all this stuff -- use your ????????s
Props to Le Castle Vania for showing us this!
We will be sharing an arsenal of tricks and tips like this at EDM School with Habstrakt on April 6th in Los Angeles
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