How To Make Music Remixes - The Process

Posted by Jam Addict Staff

This article will discuss how to make music remixes. An important aspect of many music production lessons is learning how to blend two tracks together to make a completely new song.

While you could just make this up as you go, it’s better to do this as a way to practice the basics.

Let’s see how to make a music remix.

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Step 1: Mixing

A DJ sets up his mixing table for a night filled with music.

To begin, start with two tracks that you’re interested in blending. You can do this with a different sample each time, or, if you have access to the sample on your computer, you can make multiple copies of the sample.

On the one end, you can use one of the originals and a high-quality version of the other track for a great high-quality remix.

Step 2: Post-Processing

With your two tracks in the mixing window, drag the audio from one to the other and let it loop.

If you need more control of how the audio in the loops loops, press the little bar (outlined in yellow) in the mixer to the left of the input.

You will have access to some great post-processing options.

Step 3: Editing

From this point, you can play around with the post-processing options in the Editing window.

Before we dive into this, you should be aware of the limits on the “Codec Noise” range.

This is the range in which the editing will reduce the amount of audio in your file.

This should be well in front of where you’d normally want it, and you should be very careful not to let this range reach much further than there.

Step 4: Delays

Delays can be a great addition to your mix.

Here’s a simple trick.

Take the stereo audio source that you’ve got and play it with just one layer. This will make for a very quiet version of the track.

At this point, you should add a “Delay” effect to the track.

Here’s the process: Go to the Edit menu, select “Delays,” and then hit the “+” button.

Step 5: EQing

DJ at work

The next step is to add an EQ on the track to control the frequencies that you want to bring forward or cut back.

While your EQ can be very flexible, you will want to try to keep it simple by only adjusting the range and making just a few small tweaks.

Step 6: Resample

Next, convert the audio sample to 44.1 kHz.

This will make sure that you get a full range of sounds, and you will also have a high-quality audio file for your project.

Step 7: Thresholds

Now it’s time to apply the “Threshold” functionality to the sound you’ve just created.

The “Thresholds” window is on the far right.

Here’s a basic example of what it does.

By selecting the “Medium Threshold” option, you will see that there is a higher maximum amplitude at which the sample starts to have very little audio.

This could be used for some audio loops to build a strong starting signal.

Step 8: Placement

You’ve made all of your editing and post-processing changes, and you’ve saved a nice sounding demo track.

Now it’s time to put it all together.

Pressing the “REC” button in the Tool Bar will let you see the details of the project in the editor, as well as allowing you to place the track where you want it.

One important thing to note is that you should listen through the track on the way to a final mix.

This will help you to identify any peaks in the sound, which can be easily fixed with some EQing or delays.

Step 9: Compression

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Compression is not normally part of the production process, but compression does provide some interesting advantages.

Take a look at this diagram to learn more about how compression works.

Step 10: Tonal Micro-adjustment

Here’s where it gets really interesting.

The “Micro-adjustment” tool lets you adjust the relative amounts of the very highs and very lows of your track.

It is far too easy to bring them too far forward or too back.

You can see what the effect is like by using a snare drum.

You can hear this “burble” at various points. It starts to grow stronger when there is too much bass on the track.

This should be easy to fix by adjusting the “Micro-adjustment”.

Step 11: Mastering

The final step is to “master” the track, a step that is often overlooked, but is very important.

Mastering is when you’ve finished fine-tuning the track and all of its effects, and you have prepared it for digital distribution.

It will help to remove any of the cross-talk that can occur between your speakers and your computer.

When you master a track, it is almost always better than it was.

Tada!

There are a few different ways to create a sparse sound in Ableton Live.

But, since you are a beginner and may not have the patience to learn how to manipulate a full reverb.

 

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