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Daft Punk

Daft Punk are French house producers. They were extremely influential in establishing the French House genre. Additionally, they are masterful engineers.

Delay
(Key Concept)

Delays are effects used to create space in a mix. Specifically, they take an incoming audio signal and stops it from playing for a specified amount of time. Usually, the sound is then fed back into the delay and reduces in volume. This process creates echoes.

Delays are an essential tool for any mixing engineer. They must be mastered before your mixes can sound truly professional.


Distortion

Audio distortion is any deformation of an audio waveform from its original state. It is often used to add character to guitars, synthesizers, drums, and even entire mixes. Distortion is an essential skill to master for every electronic music producer.

Drums
(Key Concept)

Drums form the backbone of electronic dance music. Many dance tracks are composed of nothing but drums that have manipulated using effects. House music, drum n bass, and hip-hop all feature their drum sounds. For this reason, it is imperative that you master your drums.

Drumstack

SonicTransfer DrumStack is the world's first drum layering system designed for Ableton Live. It is an Ableton Rack that provides advanced controls for drum sound design. Best of all, it is available for free.

Ducking

Ducking is a term used to describe the effect of side chain compression. When the dynamics of one audio source are used to control the dynamics of another signal, the result is that the second audio signal is ducked.