So I've been listening to electronic music for a very short time. I've noticed that a lot of these producers are able to make their tracks very big but still keep each individual sound crisp. I was wondering if their were guidelines to doing this.
For example at the 2:00 mark of Axwell's 'Heart is King' the track seems to have a ton of sounds going off but each one still sounds like it is separated enough from the others to not interfere. When I layer sounds like this, I just get a headache. Does this come from good sound selection or the effects that is placed on each sound. Also Alesso's 'Nillionaire' at 2:02 doesn't seem to use that many sounds but still has this same full sound.
The best way I can describe it is that my entire headphone speaker seems to be outputting sound but only certain sounds are coming from certain areas, if that makes sense. When I layer sounds they each seem to take up the entire speaker and are competing for space.
Are there any rules I should follow like 'cut out freq x-y on [sound type here]'? I know this is something that takes practice I'd just like to make sure that I set off in the right direction.
Sorry for the lack of any technical terms, just starting computer production I came from an MPC2000 and floppy discs.
And because electro tracks seem to be released so many different ways, the Axwell track version I am talking about is the one that lasts 6:55 and the Alesso 5:54
You can seperate each sound by having different places in the frequency spectrum, or in the stereo image.
For seperating on frequency spectrum (most important, I'd say), have very few sounds in the bass and more sounds can be going on in the higher end without interfering too much. Each sound should really be an octave apart from eachother. Use EQ to cut areas off one sound if it's interfering with another.
For the stereo image, you can use reverb to place it in the mix, and also to push some sounds like pads further 'back' into the mix. Sounds that are particularly close to eachother in the frequency spectrum could benefit from panning to either side, to some amount. 'Widening' some sounds, while keeping others closer to mono can also help seperate them.