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.
Fantasmatik •Friday, May 20, 2022
I'm loving Luca's approach and neat tricks! Truly a master. But genuine question, why does he bother going to the ruff mix when its a thousand dB lower? What is he going for with that? I mean, can he really compare and evaluate his moves with that big of a difference?
Alexandre •Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Woooow ! He is too technical, like scientific lol
YogiPaj •Sunday, November 28, 2021
Luca is brilliant. Precise, clear, and knows how to make sounds musically sit in the mix. Has many great ideas and concepts. Hope we have more of him.
Pisko Music •Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Grazie Luca, sei bravissimo!!! I learned a lot, I have just three questions please it would be very meaningful that you take a minute to answer them:
1. What's the difference between reducing 5db on each track of the Low Perc Bus + boosting 4db on da Low Perc Bus fader Vs. directly reducing 1db on da Low Perc fader?
2. How do you mix the automated Print with the Print on wich you added Cliping/MB Compression?
3. This Print with cliping/MB Compression at some point was inadvertidly renamed Master and the previous Master bus was disregarded?
Formula7 •Saturday, October 17, 2020
This is one of my favorites, what happen to the rest of the video it just stops at 38mins?
belangerjp •Sunday, August 16, 2020
I learned so much in this video! Soooo much good thing are getting learned in this amazing video. Also, it gives you a chance to have a reference mix for the future! Best learning experience ever! Thank you so much for this opportunity!
Ian Anacolutha •Thursday, May 7, 2020
Ciao Luca, ho notato solo adesso dopo mesi che c'era la sezione dei commenti.. come posso non farti un saluto? ;) Bellissima puntata! Ciao ciao paisà!
JorgeZM •Sunday, April 26, 2020
Amazing job! Hi from Peru
Danbouch •Monday, April 6, 2020
Great but most folks don't have all those juicy plugs, nice that your song is Aprils mix competition. I'll enter, why not... maybe my new Sugar plug will help me win this thang... yaaaaaaa
shaman •Friday, August 23, 2019
Anyone still having doubts in edm mastering being acoustical warfare should watch this episode. Ridiculous really.
firstname.lastname@example.org •Thursday, January 10, 2019
How would I go about using his mid range compression technique in ableton???
george.n •Tuesday, November 13, 2018
great video Luca
i hear so much distortion in the mastering section i think the track is being destroying.
what a pity!!!!
Stephen Moniz •Thursday, November 8, 2018
Good stuff. Does anyone know what the size of his room is in this vid?
paul.thorne •Tuesday, September 11, 2018
What's the use of the "clipper" on the snare/clap sound at around 19 minutes into part 2. I see that the track is peaking in logic, but why not just lower the output, or track volume?
Casperfren •Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Excellent up until the mastering, there is no loudness war in streaming anymore, im certain if you would rms volume match with a mix that was -10 instead it would sound better not squashed to -5, everything except that was done in good taste and impeccable technique.