Mixing + Mastering Dance Music: Interview With Luca Pretolesi (Video)


Last month Ean took a trip out to one of the more successful studios in the dance music world, Studio DMI, to get one of his recent tracks put into the hands of a master in the field, Luca Pretolesi. With experience mastering dance music tracks for artists like Skrillex, Tiësto, and Gareth Emery, his tips come from a strong background in success. Learn a few key principles of the trade in today’s awesome interview.
Editor’s note: Due to a wireless mic acting up during this interview, the audio gets a little bit scratchy at parts – we left those parts in because there’s valuable information! :) 

Mastering Dance Music Tips Review:

Some of the core principles that Luca shares in the video for review:
  • Raw material (for example audio that was recorded live) is often better for mixing because it allows for great dynamics
  • Mix in big chunks to shape a large “sonic picture”
  • Center your low end so it works well on club systems, standard systems, and even laptop speakers
  • Don’t over-compress the side stereo information
  • Use dynamic EQ to create movement in different parts of the track
Here is preview of the mastered song, with the full version coming out later this year in a forthcoming album:
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Learn more about DMI on their official site: http://studiodmi.com
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