How can I properly deal with instruments that have some very annoying resonant frequencies?

Interesting question! That’s something I had trouble with in the past and I think I’ve narrowed down a system to take care of these pesky resonances. Try these in order:

  • First, try a regular bell shape EQ and do a gentle cut.
  • If that’s not enough, use some multi-band compression (or a de-esser which is a multi-band compressor with a single band), or a dynamic EQ.
  • If that doesn’t work, try to saturate/distort the sound (this levels the audio) and then re-apply the eq where needed

If none of this help, I’m afraid nothing can be done. Unfortunately, there are some cases, where removing the resonances means cutting some key frequencies of the instrument, thus making it sound dull or uninteresting.

 

 

Do you know any source where we can learn how to achieve “spinning” and “revealed” level quality?

I’m afraid there’s no ONE source to get good at anything. The magic words here are learning and practicing. There’s no substitute for hard work, but every tip and tutorial I make both here on the blog and on my Instagram will help you uncover some of the mysteries of production and will definitely speed up the learning process.

The only other way I can think of would be to take lessons from someone who already has spinning and revealed quality!

 

 

Any tips on how to mix the kick & the sub in a way that they play well with each other?

First, you should make space for the kick in the sub. You can do that with sidechain, or by moving the audio/notes by a few ms so that they don’t hit at the same exact time.

Then consider this: the kick and the sub should be the only 2 instruments playing under 70-80 Hz. So remove all frequencies under 80-90 Hz from all the other inst. in your mix.

Lastly, since our home studios never have optimal frequency response, I’d suggest to only make mixing decisions that low in the audio spectrum while wearing headphones (reference/studio grade).

Oh and put a limiter on the sub (the sound should be constant)… and also mix in the context of the track, NOT in solo.

 

 

What to do if no one seems to be interested in what you’re doing on social media?

That’s an excellent question… but a tricky one to respond to!

The thing is nowadays the market is over-crowded with people trying to make it. And every year it’s more and more difficult to stand out from the crowd, especially at the beginning.

BUT if you manage to find something that sets you apart from all the competition, like a niche, a cool concept or a new format to base your socials on… then you are onto something!

Once you’ve done that, all you have to do is learn the basics of music marketing (I’ll post a few tips on my Insta this Sunday), and apply this knowledge to boost your career into viral territory!

 

 

For how many years have you been producing?

I started producing almost 6 and a half years ago!

 

 

Any new free sample pack in the works?

As a matter of fact YES, I’m talking to a guy here Milan who owns a few classic vintage analog synths. I think I’ll be able to create something special for you soon! Keep an eye out on my Instagram for sneak previews 😉

 

 

2+2 is 4 minus 1 that’s?

I would have answered “3”, but Google chimed in and suggested “that’s 3 quick maths” ;P

 

 

What do you think about using an iPad instead of multiple midi controllers? Would that change the quality? Any tips on making your dj equipment as portable as possible for non-location dependent djsets?

I’m a minimalist, so the fewer options I have to do stuff & the lighter my backpack, the better! This means that except for the big venues, where you are practically forced to work with CDJs, I prefer to stick with one DJ controller and a laptop.

About multiple controllers… Depending on the type of set you want to do, having another midi controller like an iPad can be a valuable addition to your setup. You can set it with multiple modes/skins, and you can operate multiple parameters you can individually setup depending on your personal needs.

Plus, in the dark venues it’s way easier to see a knob on a screen, than a physical knob on a controller… aaand it’s obviously far lighter to bring an iPad, than lugging around 2-3 other dedicated controllers.

Just make sure you don’t have battery or connectivity issues while performing!

 

CONCLUSION

 

That’s all for this month! Remember I accept questions only through my Instagram stories, or the comments here on these posts. So if you have questions fire away!

Ciao!