Before I begin the tutorial please note that for the lead part I intentionally changed the rhythm to fit the straight 4/4 rhythm signature. The original song was in 3/4 and I had to modify it to adapt into another system.
My aims for the new version was
make an extended version of about 6 minutes long
give a more modern progressive style
Unique Selling Points
I think these two parts makes this music special
the modern and classic progressive style
the epiano part in the intro and outro
Project Basic Settings
With Progressive House styles I usually stay between 120 – 125 BPM. So I did that. I chose 120 BPM for this project.
tempo: 120 BPM
rhythm signature: 4/4
musical scale: C-major
This is a summary, how I made this project:
I opened up the old project
I kept the lead, bass, pad and piano
I added new drum loops and samples
I made a longer intro and outro
I automated then filtering
I deleted some of the loops to have some breathing at sections
Mixing and Mastering Workflow
I mixed as I went along, then I added some volume on the Limiter.
I like to stay in Ableton with the tooling. So I only used Ableton plugins for instruments and effects.
I started with this lead synth. This is the classic Silent Night melody part. I wanted the main melody to cut through the mix and give it a strong sound. I was thinking about either a saw wave or a square wave. I decided to stay with square wave.
Actually I shaped the Square wave further with the Saturator.
With the Utility tool I checked mono compatibility (width 0%), then used EQ low cuts to remove unnecessary information.
I applied a default Limiter to catch peaks and amplified 2 dB gain to have a louder level.
EQ Eight, mid-side operation, low cut at 40 Hz – mids, low cut at 255 Hz – sides
Limiter, +2 dB gain
I used these export options. Usually this is my default for a master render file.
sample rate: 44.1 kHz
bit depth: 24 bits
dither type: Triangular
In this tutorial I explained my session of remixing my Christmas song made in progressive house style. First I remade the lead, bass, pad and epiano. Then I continued with drums then fx. I mixed and mastered as I went along.