Born in Argentina but based in Spain, Shall Ocin’s roots stem from playing the guitar and electric bass. Today, he’s widely celebrated for his rich melodies in electronic music and has released on Future Romance, Clash Lion, UPPERGROUND, and more. Now, the Latin American producer links up with Ukrainian duo ARTBAT to remix Stephan Bodzin and Marc Romboy’s acclaimed ‘Atlas’.
Reflecting the forward-thinking aesthetic of the imprint, ARTBAT and Shall Ocin’s remix sits right at home on Systematic. Touching on progressive house and melodic techno flavors, ‘Atlas (Shall Ocin & ARTBAT Remix)’ sums up the magic of three producers on remix duties who know their craft, inside and out.
To celebrate the release of ‘Atlas (Shall Ocin & ARTBAT Remix)’ on Systematic, Shall Ocin invites EG into his studio for 5 production tips:
1. Less is more
You have to be willing to remove sounds from the project. Many times, we think that by adding more sounds to the song we are going to improve it and this is not always the case. Many times, less is more. If you like to have many elements, make sure they are not using the same frequency range so they don’t mask each other.
2. Be organized
Sometimes we start several projects simultaneously and some of them we finish a few months after starting them. Organize your projects well, along with drum kits, atmospheric sounds, pads, vocals, etc to make it easy to rework them. Try to do the same with your sound bank, whether in samples or user preset, it will save you a lot of time when selecting your elements without having to go through your entire library again.
Experiment a lot and don’t be afraid to combine elements in an unconventional way. Sometimes the results can surprise you, especially when creating sounds with their own identity.
4. Beware of over-processing
Do not over-process the sounds when mixing the song. For example, if we compress or equalize too much we can create the opposite effect to what we wanted, such as taking away the punch of the kick or losing a lot of dynamic range, also try not to exceed -6db peaks in your pre-masters so that the mastering engineer can add either harmonics or analog distortion to our mix without clipping the signal.
5. Recognize acoustic limitations
Recognize the acoustic errors of your main system to produce your music. It doesn’t matter if it’s headphones or a home studio, you have to recognize in which frequencies you don’t have a flat response. For example, if our room (or headphones) sounds very low, we will tend to make our songs sound good there and remove bass, therefore in the other systems, we will feel that it lacks bass. Listen to a lot of music that you are familiar with to recognize where we have acoustic errors in our system more easily.
‘Atlas (Shall Ocin & ARTBAT Remix)’ is out now via Systematic Recordings. Purchase your copy here.