Meet us at EMME 2018
Abbey Road Institute at EMME – the Electronic Music Maker Event 2018
We are coming back to Belgium! On the 21st and 22nd of September 2018, the XPO in Kortrijk (BE) will be filled with electronic music and knowledge again. The EMME – Electronic Music Maker Event – is the brand new name of this annual event. Last year we introduced a series of intermediate and advanced masterclasses for the visitors. This year we bring back the team with 5 very interesting and new topics for the knowledgeable and conscious music producers and engineers amongst you. We look forward to welcoming you in Belgium!
Below you will find the quick program overview of the Abbey Road Institute masterclasses at EMME to start with, followed by detailed descriptions and additional links.
QUICK program overview
Saturday program (links)
11:30 – 12:15 – THE BENEFITS OF SIDE-CHAIN COMPRESSION with NICK RIBBENS
13:00 – 13:45 – CREATING TENSION IN YOUR PRODUCTION with BASTO
14:30 – 15:15 – CREATIVE DECISION MAKING IN THE PRODUCTION PROCESS with EMILIANO CABALLERO
16:00 – 16:45 – INSIDE THE DARK ART OF MASTERING with JERBOA
Sunday program (links)
11:30 – 12:15 – GETTING AN UPFRONT VOCAL SOUND with ROBIN REUMERS
13:00 – 13:45 – CREATING DEPTH IN YOUR ELECTRONIC PRODUCTIONS with DAVID MILES HUBER
14:30 – 15:15 – VOCAL PRODUCTION: HAVING FUN IN THE STUDIO with EMILIANO CABALLERO
16:00 – 16:45 – INSIDE THE DARK ART OF MASTERING with JERBOA
Saturday 22 September 2018: 11:30 – 12:15 · AREA ABBEY ROAD
Side-chain compression can be the difference between a flat, lifeless mix and an adrenalised floor-filler. Especially in dance music, side-chain compression usage is more than common. But what exactly is sidechain compression, how does it work, and how can you use it in your mixes?
Learn from Abbey Road Institute lecturer and producer Nick Ribbens on how and when to use side-chain compression to create more room in your mix and how to create that nice rhythm.
Nick Ribbens started out as a drummer when he was 13. After a short-lived career studying Composition & Music Production, Nick moved on to working full-time as a co-/ghost producer & songwriter. Since then Nick has been steadily building his resume, working as a sound designer for VR-experiences and games. He also partnered up with EDM.com for his own projects INSTATIC & Giraff, and works on productions for Sony, Universal, and Cloud9. Besides being locked up in studios, Nick has embarked on multi-city tours as a DJ throughout China.
Saturday 22 September 2018: 13:00 – 13:45 · AREA ABBEY ROAD
While working on a production, you realise it does all really start with the song. There’s no one size fits all approach to songwriting and production, but there are definitely ways to give it a boost! Want to find out how to create that tension and the right structure in your arrangement and how to keep it interesting throughout the song? Learn from songwriter and producer Jef Martens (Basto) while he dives into songwriting and production techniques and will share some of his effective tips.
Jef Martens – better known by his stage name Basto – is a Belgian record producer, musician and DJ. He is signed to the ARS label and primarily produces electro house music. Jef produced using various aliases such as Bitch Boys, Candyman, Felix Project, and Lazy Jay. He was also a member of the Belgian dance group Lasgo and co-produced with the band in 2009 and 2010 on a number of singles.
Jef is best known for producing the Azealia Banks’ hit debut single “212” under the alias of Lazy Jay. He also produced “Scream & Shout” for will.i.am and Britney Spears in 2012.
Saturday 22 September 2018: 14:30 – 15:15 · AREA ABBEY ROAD
Interested in learning more about production or in improving your writing and production skills? Learn some cool tricks from producer, engineer and Abbey Road Institute lecturer, Emiliano Caballero. By deconstructing his just-released track “Let you go”, he will demonstrate what his approach is to writing, producing and even mixing. Emiliano will walk you through his process of creative decision making!
Sunday 23 September 2018: 14:30 – 15:15 · AREA ABBEY ROAD
Vocals are such an important element in many pop and dance songs and the possibilities are endless. In this workshop, we are going to cover some creative techniques, such as reversing and pitch shifting to create pads and effects. Even use vocals recorded with an iPhone and turn them into radio-ready productions.
Learn from songwriter, producer, engineer and Abbey Road Institute lecturer, Emiliano Caballero, on how you can record and use vocals creatively into your own productions. No need for special or expensive tools, creativity is all you need for this.
Emiliano Caballero is an accomplished Mixer, Engineer and Producer. He started out his engineering career at Galaxy Studios in Belgium, where he worked with artists like George McCrae, Clint Mansell and David Miles Huber. Shortly after, he moved to NYC to work as an assistant engineer at Electric Lady Studios. During his time there, he worked with artists such as Bon Jovi, Foy Vance, Elle King and Michael Kiwanuka. Currently, Emiliano is a freelance producer & engineer, working mainly between New York City, Los Angeles and Amsterdam. Recent projects he has been involved in include Paula Arenas (Art House Records), Hearing Man and N8N.
Saturday 22 September 2018: 16:00 – 16:45 · AREA ABBEY ROAD
Sunday 23 September 2018: 16:00 – 16:45 · AREA ABBEY ROAD
In music production, the mastering stage is the final step in the creative process. The stage where a lot of additional magic happens, bringing the listener closer to your music by giving them a stronger sense of connection. In other words, it can enhance the reason why you are making music in the first place. Abbey Road Institute lecturer and mastering engineer Frederik Dejongh explains what professional mastering can do for your music.
Get the most out of your sound!
Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam and mastering engineer Frederik Dejongh go inside the dark art of mastering! Frederik will give an in-depth look at all the different aspects of mastering, including how loud is too loud.
Frederik Dejongh aka Jerboa earned his musical stripes as a turntablist, sampling wizard, composer, recording engineer, producer, and mixing engineer, and has for a while now been working to perfect that all-important final step in the recording process: mastering. You can only be a great mastering engineer when you understand and – uhm – master the whole process that comes before. His credits include Hooverphonic, Triggerfinger, Method Man, Coely and Zimmerman.
Creating depth in your electronic productions by david miles huber
Sunday 23 September 2018: 13:00 – 13:45 · AREA ABBEY ROAD
There are many elements that come together in a great production, and space is without doubt one of the most important. Especially in electronic music it can be quite the challenge to get real depth in your production, but there definitely are ways!
Producer, composer and dear friend of Abbey Road Institute – David Miles Huber – is going to give you insight in how to add space.. through re-amping. By stereo recording already existing drums, guitars, keys – anything basically – in a different acoustic space, you actually record the space and character of that room. That way, you can bring a natural / acoustic life back to you recordings, choose unique sounds and really distinguish your music!
About David Miles Huber:
David Miles Huber is a Grammy® nominated, American composer and producer. His work focuses on the downtempo, ambient and dance genres. He received his degree in music technology from Indiana University (I.M.P.), and was the first American to be admitted into the Tonmeister program at the University of Surrey in Guildford, Surrey, England.
Huber is also the author of numerous books on recording and electronic music. His CD series Relaxation and Meditation with Music and Nature has sold over one million copies. His latest music and collaborations are available through the 51bpm independent record label. Huber’s most prominent book Modern Recording Techniques was sold over 250,000 copies and became a standard recording industry text.
Sunday 23 September 2018: 11:30 – 12:15 · AREA ABBEY ROAD
Mixing vocals is the most important part of your mix, it can make or break it. Robin Reumers, audio engineer and director of Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam, educates you on how to create an all-around solid mix with an upfront vocal sound. Learn what techniques you can use to get your vocal to sit up front, without it sounding squashed. By the end of this masterclass at Dancefair, you’ll know what you need to do, when you need to do it, and how to do it.
Robin Reumers is an audio engineer and the Director of Education for the Advanced Diploma in Music Production & Sound Engineering. He started his career in the U.S., where he became the right hand of renowned mastering engineer Bob Katz. There he mixed albums such as the Martin Harley Band and was a mastering assistant for albums ranging from Motorpsycho to Hector Lavoe and Celia Cruz. He ended up working there for 3 years after which he moved back to Europe. He then started working at Galaxy Studios for 7 years after which he decided to build his own studio in Amsterdam. He recently mixed songs of the album from Latin Grammy nominee Paula Arenas.