8. Faders down!
And once again some advice based on the decades of the mix mastero studios practice and the knowledge of the structure of our hearing. Pro engineers always literally “build” a future song by adding tracks as far as important. There is such subsequence in EDM music that works failure-free in 99% of cases:
First, the engineer sets up kick loudness – in electronic dance music, the bass drum plays the role of the basis on which the rest of a song structure is built. Professional electronica genre engineers recommend setting kick loudness not more than -6 -9 dB – it creates necessary headroom for adding other instruments. Then bass – it packs the space between kick strokes with low harmonics, and sidechain technique commonly used in online song mixing and mastering determines the movement through pumping effect at once.
When the basis is ready, the engineer places vocals – the most important element of the foreground. The other sounds are being “strung” on this basis by gradual addition of loudness from zero up to the necessary one.
Keep in mind that in dance music mixing and mastering, it’s more simply for our ear to build balance by adding loudness to damped instruments rather than by reducing the loudness of rambling ones.
9. Filter the low end
Ignoring this recommendation is novices’ error. For most instruments in EDM music except bass and kick, bottom end frequencies (up to 100 Hz) are an unnecessary element which interferes with purity in electronic dance music mixing and mastering and has to be cut with a high pass filter. For more precise setting, enhance cutting frequency gradually until the filter starts distorting the sound. Then put it back a little and check the final frequency value in the context of the entire song.