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Mixing & Mastering in Logic Pro X | Trap

August 11, 2017 2 min read

Mixing & Mastering in Logic Pro X  |  Trap

In this tutorial, JT shows you how to use color-coding, filtering techniques, saturation, stereo effects, equalization and mastering to make the best out of your trap bangers.

In a nutshell

  1. Flying colors: don't be THAT guy. Organize your sh*t visually with track colours and placement. Saving time is always awesome.

  2. That Bass Tho: high pass them slightly over the kick. Saturation and distortion might help them cut through.

  3. Stereo Percussions: there's nothing like machine gun hi hats filling the stereo spectrum. Autopan (tremolo in Logic Pro X) and sample delay are your best friends.

  4. EQ: are you tired of me talking about frequency separation yet!? It's 80% of the mixing process. Maybe more.

  5. Mastering: SSL type glue compressor, EQ, multiband (especially for the lows) and limiter.

That Sweet Colorway Tho

Overlooked in both parts one and two, color-coding can save your life later on, when you need to make quick adjustments on a BIG session. Here's how I do it:

  • Yellow: drums and percussion
  • Bass and 808: deep purple
  • Synths: reds and fuchsias
  • Chords and pads: green
  • Vocal chops: blue

Basically, there's a synesthetic quality to my color-coding. That way, just by the colour of the track, I know at a glance what type of instrument it is. Better yet, because of the way I build my sessions visually, I never have to hear a soloed track to know what's on it. Backbone elements are at the top, and minor percussions get to the bottom of the arrange window.

Get It For That Low Low

There is no trap without an overpowering, yet controlled 808 / bass line. As stated earlier, two simple tricks here: low cut your 808s and saturate them a bit. I have tried both combinations, but I truly prefer a deeper and rounder kick below a high cut 808. The true harmonics of the 808 are not in 40 Hz land anyways. If you want the 808 to truly shine, slap on a saturator or even a distortion plugin and voilà!

Wider Is Always Better

Because there will be a LOT of energy (shouts to Drake) in the middle taken up by the kick, snare and 808 (or synth bass), you want to throw your hi hats out of the way. It'll make your beat sound bigger AND you'll be able the limit your master much harder (high frequencies often become a problem when you want to slam a track). So using stereo effects of your hi hats and percussions is a great trick.

50 Shades Of Frequency Separation

From low frequencies to higher ones, it goes a little something like this:

Kick | 808 | Snare | Chords | Vocal Chops | Arps & Leads | Hi hats & Percussion


Similar to my EDM approach, I try to take care of everything during the mixing stage, so that I can just slap a hard limiter on the master. If I still struggle with my low end, I like to use a multiband compressor, to emphasize the bottom frequencies (35-40 Hz) while taking out the low mid mud. Makes for a very round yet clean master. Adjust the highs to taste and boom.


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