I am a lucky man - Remixing defined my career around 2007 and sent me all over the world as a DJ and producer. Most notably my production partner Russell and I remixed several Beyonce productions and Kelly Rowland's 'Work' These were R+B originally and we took them into 4/4 club mixes just on the edge of the EDM explosion. These remixes did so well they replaced the original US productions at radio across Europe and took several of the tracks to Number 1. We literally never looked back.
If I can do it so can you! this is my brain-dump on this incredibly important part of modern music culture, but taken from the point of view of a full song!
On this post we're going to keep the words minimal - We have 3 exceptional videos for you to watch that will cover everything.
Part 1: Intro and Prep
Remixing efficiently and creatively is all about the preparation. After years of remixing at every level, I now always spend as much time at the beginning of the process setting things up correctly. It saves so much time and energy later on when you're in the middle of the creative flow. Here we cover all these angles and I show you how to successfully time up even the hardest accapella so it's locked down to your DAW's bar structure:
Two Sample packs were used in this tutorial
Part 2: Production and Arrangement
Now lets start early to get basic arrangement up and running - Doing so will get you right out of the dreaded 'loop' trap and help you flesh the whole track out in your head. As you already have a vocal; you have a great starting point. Let me show you a future proof method for effecting the vocals using parallel techniques that will give you huge amounts of creative control at any stage of your remix when the tweak requests come in. Some invaluable arrangement ideas are already starting to give out track some personality.
Part 3: Production and Mix
We start by showing you the principal musical parts as they went in from hardware and 1 F9 Bass patch and how we can use the rhythms and melodies of the vocals to set up perfect parts for the remix that re-enforce and support the vocal without ever clashing, Final arrangement changes an mix round this epic, Tip-laden 3rd and final video in the tutorial: