Time for a post about stereo imaging and width. Now I will not cover absolutely everything in this post about how to achieve a wider sound but hopefully there will be some useful information in this small post. Many people seem to get hung up on making their sound super wide. Yes, wide is good but remember you can go too wide. Remember not to make everything wide....this is dance music after all and you want most of the energy coming straight through the middle and hitting your listener smack in the face. Finding the right balance between wide sounds and narrow / mono sounds is key.
Reverb is used on absolutely every production. There is no way you can make a track, especially in the realm of dance music, without using reverb. Every sound we hear has some form of reverb on it, therefore, adding it to your productions makes them sound more natural. Think about any sound you hear in real life, you hear the sound waves that go into your ear and also sound waves which are reflecting off other surfaces before going into your ears. So with that in mind, if you produced a track with no reverb, then it will sound very unnatural and dry.
Lets have a look at some quick tips for reverb.
In our humble opinion here at North Origin, mixing is the most important part of producing dance music, behind the actual music. At the end of the day, if the music doesn't connect with people then no one is going to give a shit how well the kick and bass are mixed. That said, mixing is massively important with any genre of music but extremely important when it comes to making dance records. Mixing is also a huge part of your production process and your sound. How you mix records becomes part of 'your sound'.
Since mixing is a HUGE category, we will more than likely have many posts related to this subject but for now, here are some tips to get you started.
I wanted the first educational post to be about the kick drum - arguably the most important part of a dance record. If your kick drum doesn't fit then your track is doomed from the outset. The kick is the holy grail of dance music production so get some good samples which fit your style of music.
At the end of the day if you start out your productions with poor samples then you are going to end up with a poor track. You can polish a piece of shit all you want, it just becomes a shiny piece of shit.
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