If you have listened to professional EDM and then attempted to make it yourself, you may have noticed that while professional mixes “bounce” and create that urge to jump and dance, yours sounds flat and uninteresting. No matter how hard you try and fidget with your mixing board to get the right levels and just the right amount of reverb, it just doesn’t sound… Good.
For the longest time I had searched for this answer and never realized that it was right in front of me.
So now you ask, “what is this ‘secret’ production technique that almost all professional producers use?”
Well, once I found out the answer, I couldn’t believe that I had skipped over this technique so many times even after reading and hearing about it from fellow producers. This is why I call it the best AND worst kept secret in EDM production: because so many people have heard about it, yet few actually use and perfect it.
So, once again, what is this “secret?”
The answer to the “secret” is:
Let that sink in for a moment.
Now, you may or may not have heard of this technique, but if you have and didn’t explore its potential, you made the same mistake I did: creating flat, uninteresting mixes that didn’t seem to go anywhere, constantly making me frustrated and more irritated as I went.
Once I took into account this so-called “sidechain compression” and started to use it, I couldn’t believe how much clearer and fuller my mixes seemed to be. My song actually jumped and made me want to… Dance!
So, you may be wondering how you can go about and create this using FL Studio. There are a few ways to go about using sidechain compression, some easy, some hard. I am planning on making a video by the end of this weekend to show you how to create and manipulate sidechain compression. By the time you have finished the video, you should be able to effectively use sidechain compression and create tighter mixes.
Oh, and another thing: Using sidechain compression helps A LOT with creating final mixes (which I will elaborate on in a later post).
After learning the basics of sidechain compression, start to use it in your songs and soon enough, you’ll be able to create songs that will make the crowd jump instead of standing there flat-footed.
So, are you ready to use the best- and worst-kept secret in EDM?