Vocal Processing: Mixing Tips With Luca Pretolesi

After we published an interview with audio engineer Luca Pretolesi in late July, requests came in to have Luca share more of his studio production, mixing, and mastering secrets in more videos on DJTT. Today’s tutorial covers how to process vocals in a track, and what effects and plugins to use to make the most of it.

Vocal Processing Tutorial

Take A Class With Luca

In addition to this video and contributing to DJ Techtools, Luca’s Studio DMI is putting on a workshop later this month that covers advanced mixing techniques. Here’s the details from them:

November 20th, 21st, 22nd at 9:00AM-2:00PM we are hosting our last Pro/Advanced Mix workshop of the year with Luca Pretolesi.

    • Featuring music from Action Music (Mixing/Mastering), Cedric Gervais (Vocal Mixing), and Dada Life (Stem Mastering).
    • For the first time we’re combining both the Pro-mix and Advanced Mix workshops
    • This workshop is NOT necessary to adjust your schedule for the specific time the workshop is being held as you’ll have at least 7 days after the workshop to review the material
    • We accept and respond to questions submitted in an 7 day period by any attendee that was not able to sit in on the live workshop or Q&A
    • A second Q&A will be held where we address questions submitted by the students who were unable to attend the live workshop to fill in any missing pieces
    • If you get a friend to sign up from Nov. 1st to the 18th by using the last 4 digits of your Black Card, you as an Ally get 50% off the Advanced Workshop.

Both Pro-Mix (In-person) /Advanced Workshop (Online)

In this course, students explore advanced application of digital audio theory and the lifestyle approach believed to best assist in quality mixing and mastering. Students will interact with audio files, DSP, software signal routing, and interfacing equipment. Topics include analog -to- digital/digital-to-analogue conversion, client relationships, treatment of sounds, and most importantly: the subjective mixing and mastering approach used by renowned audio engineer Luca Pretolesi.

Advanced Workshop: 

This live interactive online workshop will cover advanced mixing and mastering of electronic music as only Luca Pretolesi’s Studio DMI concept could instruct. Musicians and engineers who want to learn the exact mix strategies used on many of the world’s largest club singles can join along with Luca from the comfort of their own home or studio. During the 3-day workshop, “innovators” will sit in their own sweet spot and follow along as we dissect an electronic music mix from a professional producer.

To sign up for a seat, apply here: https://studiodmi.com/studio-dmi-edu/

Want to see more great production content like this? Share this tutorial and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Dercio Fernando Gomate

    Hey Luca. Just wanted to thank you! These tips saved a track i was working on. The vocals were a huge part of the track but they just weren’t sitting in the mix. Turns out i was using all the wrong tools. You’re such a G ! 😀

  • StudioDMI

    Hey, Luca here! I’ll be responding to comments here for the next few days so ask me your questions! Curious why I used a particular EQ? How about typical reverb settings for EDM vocals? Or what “The Alliance”, our special community for music producers, is all about? Let’s chat!

  • djripworldwide

    You need to explain yourself a bit better.

    • StudioDMI

      These are only tips, if you would like more info you check out our educational workshops which goes into depth! We are hosting a Pro/Advance Mix/Master workshop on Nov. 20-22nd! 🙂


      • Xavier Jacome

        Right but what I said was that you didn’t explain yourself throughy off and it threw me off…. that’s my opinion.

        • Egg Foo Yxng.

          Luca’s explanation was pretty thorough to me, but I actually have a decent amount of knowledge in audio engineering so it could just be me….

          Also, is that a custom-built SSL console? or is it a desk with two SSL Matrix consoles in it?