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How to remix a song | Ableton and FL Studio steps

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How to remix a song | Ableton and FL Studio steps
By Producerfactory 16 September 2014 4129 Views No comments

How to remix a song is not really a high tech and difficult process. However, being able to remix a song to a level of high quality and excellence is not easy and requires years of experience as a music producer. Producer Factory is here to always offer anyone the music production assistance they need by professionals. If you’re looking to remix a song on your own, then hopefully this list of tips and tricks about remixing will help. We’ll be looking at how you can approach this task in various programs such as Ableton, FL Studio, Logic and Cubase. Each DAW has different features and procedures when looking and remixing in detail, but overall the proceedings are similar as shown below.

Please note that this article is for anyone who has a base knowledge of Ableton, FL Studio, Logic or Cubase and understands how these programs function. If you’re not certain of how the above mentioned DAWs (Digital Audio Workstation) work, then it may be best before reading on to learn more about their functions.

Here are two examples of how to remix a song and go about the procedure with few minor tweaks. It’s up to you to know your program and how best to use it. To keep your style and sounds consistent, it’s important you use the same music productions methods that you already do within your original music tracks. Just think of remixing a song to be album filler and possible hits. Though they are filler, they may be the most important part of your album and EP.

How to remix a song in Ableton

How to remix a song in Ableton in 7 steps:

  1. Once you have opened Ableton, simply import the audio files or full song you wish to remix.
  2. Now that you have the song on an audio track, find the remix stems of the track you wish to work on, or simply select the various parts that you can then loop and cut them out. Make sure you have the rights to do this.
  3. Move these now defined loops into new audio tracks for a clear overview and rename the tracks accordingly, so you know where what is.
  4. Now you can begin work on either the loops individually, or you can begin to structure the remix song and add in your new features such as, drops, vocals, instruments, synths, effects etc.
  5. Play around with the layout and sounds and once you’re happy with the production, it’s time to master the track and bounce the files.
  6. Finally with the remix of a song complete, send it to your fans, post it on your website (if you don’t have one, it’s recommended to make one to promote your brand directly.) and distribute.
  7. Now push your social signals and profiles with strong marketing and make the most of your successful remix of a song.

How to remix a song in FL Studio

Remixing a song in FL Studio is similar to using any DAW program really. The outcome is to turn one piece of artwork into a whole new song with similar and recognisable features off the original version of the song. During your remix of a song, it’s best you ensure you use the parts of a song to be repeated that don’t get old and tiresome to the listeners. Always remix a song that you are familiar with and enjoy. This allows your enthusiasm to peak and this reflects well in the quality of the track. This is a major reason why we at Producer Factory only want the best to at tend to our customer requests. Here’s how to remix a song in FL Studio if you have the rights to do so.

  1. First, open FL Studio and simply import the remix stems files and midi or the track as an audio file for example a WAV.
  2. Once you have the music track assigned to an audio track, then find the parts you wish to use within your remix project and separate them from the full track. If you’re using stems and midi files, then assign these correctly to your various instrumentations and check that the import process has been completed successfully.
  3. As the slots have been assigned, rename them accordingly to avoid any confusion during the production and remix. Sometimes it’s best to take that extra effort in organising your project layout, as this can save time later down the music production line.
  4. It’s time to then remodel the track to the structure you desire, implement the sounds and style that suit you best and work on perfecting new drops and elements that differ from the original version of the song you’re remixing.
  5. Once all this is complete, check it over with fresh ears and tweak the track to perfection before moving on to the next step of mastering and completion. If you’re happy with the final product and feel it’s worthy of your DJ name and brand, then you’re ready to proceed to the release and marketing stages of the remix. This is how to remix a song in FL Studio and most other DAW.
  6. Now you can begin the process of step 6. and 7. from the list above making sure you make the most of your remix. This is how to make a remix in FL Studio.