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Luca Pretolesi Mixing Major Lazer

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See How A Worldwide Hit Gets Mixed!

Multi-platinum mixing and mastering engineer Luca Pretolesi takes you step by step through his entire mixing and mastering process for Major Lazer’s hit single “Light It Up (Remix)”

Luca is Major Lazer’s “Finisher” and helps Diplo and his team combine multiple sessions into one sonic masterpiece.

Learn Luca’s hybrid workflow and see how he takes a great static mix, applies stereo bus processing and then digs into the details it takes to create a hit-sounding EDM record.

Luca teaches you his tips and tricks for mixing modern electronic/pop music including:

  • Mixing with the final master in mind
  • Create a present midrange on a dense mix
  • Analog and digital stem mixing process using analog EQ, compression and summing
  • Add thickness and a more organic sound to electronic ITB productions
  • Removing reverb from a synth stem
  • Add top-end clarity and mid-range punch heard on every modern pop and EDM mix
  • Sidechain filtering for a focused bus compression
  • Multiband stereo image processing to open up the top end with the perfect amount of dimension
  • Automating the master bus for maximum impact on the drop

Hear countless before and after comparisons to learn the sound and attitude that’s required to create a killer mix.

When it comes to mixing EDM there are no rules and now is your chance to see how Grammy nominated mixing/mastering engineer Luca Pretolesi breaks the rules and delivers a slamming sounding mix!

BONUS: The artist and their label were gracious enough to allow pureMixers the chance to try their hand at mixing a portion of the song using the same raw multitrack stems Luca mixed.

Exercise files
Chapters
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Transcript
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Equipment & Software

Hardware

  • Dangerous Compressor
  • Dangerous 2 Bus +
  • Dangerous BAX EQ
  • Neotek Series 1E EQ
  • Charter Oak PEQ-1
  • Maselec STM 822
  • Curve Bender
  • 1202 Compressor
  • BetterMaker EQ

Software

  • iZotope Alloy 2
  • iZotope Ozone 5
  • Bx Digital V3
  • Waves Lin MB
  • Dangerous BAX EQ
  • Waves CLA-76
  • Waves CL 1B
  • Waves R Vox
  • Waves Renaissance Compressor
  • Fab Filter Pro MB
  • Fab Filter Saturn
  • Fab Filter Pro MB
  • Fab Filter Pro Q2
  • Modus EQ
  • UAD Pultec EQP-1A
  • StandardClip
  • StereoSavage
  • UAD Tube Tech Compressor
  • Walhallaroom
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Mentors
Luca Pretolesi

Luca stands out among a sea of electronic engineers with his unique hybrid set-up, mixing old and new technology for an end result like no other. In place of a traditional mixing studio, he has created a mix of equipment including computer plugins, and custom made hardware, EQ’s and compressors, and high-end mastering gear. This combination of analog and digital parts allows him to add his touch to any project of any style as he has the best of both technological worlds at his fingertips.

Credits

Major Lazer

Steve Aoki

Borgeous

Dimitry Vegas and Like Mike

Snoop Lion

Diplo

Featured Artists and Musics
  • Light It Up (Remix)

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benlindell
2017 Aug 17
From the pureMix Crew: Luca is demonstrating a how to achieve a super loud master which unfortunately is very popular in EDM. To get this extreme loudness level he's using a mixture of limiting and clipping which of course causes some audible distortion. Our audio capture for this video was a digital signal and an exact copy of what was being fed to his monitor path.
morgot21
2017 Aug 16
Ottimo tutorial, uno stimolo e un approccio interessantissimo. Bravo Luca!
pablo.e
2017 Aug 15
Sounds really, really distorted in the last steps of limiting. Not clean at all!!
janiq
2017 Aug 14
like the other guys said. some good ideas running through the course but the final master sounds way to distorted lost a lot of punch...
rami2013
2017 Aug 11
some very good ideas ...nice way of mixing approach. * there is too much differences between youtube version and this one for sure YOUTUBE version is much better .
valtonx
2017 Aug 10
It's a great video What I wanted to want the gain mixing how loud is the master ??Before he makes mastering. Has anyone of you with tracks in logic worked mixing mastering ??? If yes has someone of you template by logic where I can look. Thank you very much
steven961302
2017 Aug 09
What's wrong at the end of the video......? The song is almost distorted.....
SimL
2017 Aug 04
Super nice video!!! Not into EDM much, but curious about how's mixing that genre can be different. Luca has nice and inspiring tricks, he's very professional, intuitive and has good taste, Plus, he explains very well every decision he makes. The only thing that turned me down so bad at the end, is the last 4 dB louder master... For my taste, it spoiled all the details, dynamics and delicacy of the mix. The -8dB master sounds, by far, SOOO much better!!! Some punch got lost, and some ugly distortion came up even if, for his taste, it was transparent enough. Anyways, thanks for this class! :D
bataleo
2017 Aug 02
Thanks Luca
PoPe
2017 Aug 02
So wonderful and punchy music. Thanks Luca.
rrstudios
2017 Aug 02
Why was it so distorted at the end? Something must have gone wrong during filming, or was it intentional? Either way, back to square 1: Mixing 101 - Clipping is bad. It's especially bad on this video.
DoctaDro
2017 Jul 31
Thought it was a really well done video, extremely great job by Luca. With that said, that is some of the most distorted, unnatural, robotic music I have ever heard.
jmag02
2017 Jul 31
Absolutely wonderful to see a master work his craft on modern EDM music. Would love to see more videos in this style in the near future, especially on a song in the 128 BPM range. Thank you, Luca!
sixthagod
2017 Jul 31
Awesome session! Amazing how it sounds in such a short time. Thanks Luca, for taking the time to share this wealth of knowledge!
salmud
2017 Jul 31
Thanks Luca! Really Nice :))
rickdrumss
2017 Jul 30
thank you!! Best.
istewart
2017 Jul 30
That's clean?! Or dynamic!? Yikes... The distortion on the raw tracks was noticeable enough, but after mastering, holy crunchfest batman!
Thedavidcote
2017 Jul 29
Interesting to see some people mix new music with analog gear!
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