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Dave Audé has become one of the most sought after producers in the business. Since he first emerged at Moonshine Music in the ‘90s, Audé has run up an astonishing roster of Billboard Dance hits—both under his own name and in service of other artists, including Madonna, U2, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Coldplay and Britney Spears. His monthly Audacious Radio Podcast is an aural adventure featuring a collection of unreleased remixes and hot new club tracks, where you can also hear artists he’s worked with and more. Want to witness one of his legendary sets? He’s also on the road at least a half a dozen times a month in clubs and hot spots throughout North America and beyond.

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Hey Dave, The quality of your work is consistently great. I'm a fan of the music and as a producer you've been an inspiration. My question is about drum tuning... You've talked about throwing samples on the grid in ProTools, but do you use/recommend a specific plug-in for tuning them? Thanks! Greg
Apr. 23, 2014 by Greg
Hi Greg:

Thank you very much for the compliment. I appreciate it.

For tuning I usually only tune the kik drum and the drums that have a very prevalent tone, like cowbells, timbales, bongos, etc and I just use Pro Tools internal elastic audio to make adjustments.

DA

Dave: In your opinion, is Pro Tools capable of studio/DAW DJ beat mixes like Ableton?
Apr. 23, 2014 by Lance
Hi Lance:

YES - I do all of my radio shows in Pro Tools :)

DA

Hi Dave! I watched your avid show. great one! I've been following your stuff for ages. Anyway I have 2 production questions that I wasn't able to ask during Q&As: 1. how do you approach reverbs and delays? what elements in your mix do you add reverbs and what kind of reverbs? how do you make your mixes sound 'wet' but not washed in reverb? 2. how do you glue your drums and make them pumping? Thanks!
Apr. 23, 2014 by Michal
Hi Michal:

Let me TRY and answer these questions!

1. If I feel something is missing some life, I use delay or reverb (reverb is a bunch of delays) - for reverb I like the Lexicon Plug Ins and for Delay I like the WAVES H Delay.

2. Drums are a bit more complex, but the most important thing is to use GOOD sounds to begin with. For PUMP maybe try the WAVES Puigchild 670, but again that's what Im enjoying this week :)

DA

Dave: Will my iMac i7 work with protools 11 (16 RAM & 1 Terabytes)??? Or should I have ordered macbook PRO... I had protools 9 on an HP and even with 12 RAM, and externals (1Terabyte) it has not worked well ... and always has DAE to firewire issues... (i have a 003 rack) I have had AVID tell me it's about saving it to externals and I have shut down any other running programs and still get stopped with recording CONSTANTLY- that's why I am going apple. Aimee
Apr. 23, 2014 by Aimee
Hi Aimee:

Your iMac should work fine, but you should ask AVID, they know better than me.

DA

Hey, Dave! Just watched you on Avid's Webinar and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for doing that. I'm just beginning to break into writing instrumental music for TV and Film and am doing all the composing, mixing, and mastering using Pro Tools, learning as I go. So, I hope that my question isn't too naive for you to bother with. Question: Do you prefer composing at 48, 96, or 192 kHz and why? I've been working at 96 kHz 24 bit or 32 bit Float, then mixing down to 48 kHz 24 bit for the final. Thanks! Yuri
Apr. 23, 2014 by Yuri
Hi Yuri:

Good question!

I personally compose/produce in 32 bit float/44k. I feel it's gonna be crunched down to 44k anyways so why not be there from the beginning.

DA

Dave, Enjoyed watching the Avid webinar today. Im interested in your use of Ableton if at all. I saw it in the app tray of your screen. Do you find that Ableton has better creative midi features than Protools? I use PT all day for my voiceover work and Ableton for remix projects and I'm wondering what your workflow is for Ableton / Protools. Chris
Apr. 9, 2014 by Chris T.
Hi Chris:

Thanks for watching!


Sorry I dont use Ableton (even though I do own it).

DA

Dave, Watched your seminar( AVID) & downloaded your sample tracks .I noticed your tracks had presence . When I use STYLUS, OMNISHERE & Other RTAS instruments it sounds mediocre compared to your sample tracks . Is it possible to get the RTAS instruments to sound like your samples or do I need to just use samples which is limiting to get it to sound like you and guys like CRYSTAL METHOD who are doing scores ? John
Apr. 9, 2014 by John G.
Hi John:

Thanks for joining the webinar, appreciate it.

That's a hard question to answer. I think if you just work on your mix a bit and use some WAVES Signature Series plugs on those synths, you might find a little life in them :)

DA

Dave, I enjoyed your Pro Tools webinar Thursday. What do I need to run VST products with Pro Tools 11 (I also am a Pro Tools guy, love it). Thanks Waddy
Apr. 9, 2014 by Waddy P
Hi Waddy:

Glad you enjoyed it!

To run VST on Pro Tools 11 (AAX) I'm using Blue Cat Audio. http://www.bluecataudio.com/Main/Home/

DA

Dave, Love your stuff - remix of Strangers by Hillary Duff is still one of the best improvements on a song ever! Also love the Gasoline and Matches remix - what is the classic club track that sneaks into the background? It is on the tip of my brain but I can't figure it out! Thanks, Evan
Apr. 9, 2014 by Evan
Hi Evan:

Thanks!

haha - gasoline and matches???? great song! no idea what song you're referring but if you think of it I'd love to know which!!!

DA

Dave, On your Audacious 123 You played JT vs. AUDÉ - TKO (Boot). Is this track available yet for purchase, and where can I get it??? Thanks, and Keep up the Great Work!!!
Apr. 9, 2014 by Rob G.
Hi Rob:

No plans on releasing this just yet.

DA

Hi Dave, As a very big Belgian Andy Bell fan I just listened to a snippet from the new upcoming single 'Here we go' which sounds just fantastic! Is this the first single from a whole new Andy Bell album? All the very best and my best wishes to Andy! Best regards, Freek
Apr. 9, 2014 by Freek, Belgium
Hi Freek:

Andy and I have written a whole bunch of songs. Don't know if it will be an album, but it will be a bunch of singles for sure.

DA

Hey Dave! I LOVE the remix for Lena Katina's "lift me up"! When will I be able to buy it? Also, will the remix be done in Spanish as well? Thank you soooo much! ;)
Mar. 12, 2014 by Anna
Hi Anna:

Thank you, I'm glad you love it. I'm happy so many people are interested in getting my remix. However, that's up to her if/when it is released.

And sí, I did do a remix in Spanish. :)

DA

Thanks for work with Lena Katina friend... She is our angel! The new remix is OUT! When it will be out in iTunes?
Mar. 12, 2014 by Cristian
Hello Cristian:

Thank you. I enjoy working with her a lot.

My remix of "Lift Me Up" isn't one of my releases, so that's completely up to her label.

DA

Hi Dave, When is your remix of Britney Spears' Body Ache going to be released officially? James
Mar. 4, 2014 by James
Hi James:

It's not an official remix, so it can't officially be released. Check Legitmix though.

DA

Hi Dave: You have said that Andy Bell is one of your fave vocalists of all time, so I'd like to know if you consider yourself a big fan of Erasure? If your answer is yes, which would be your fave album by them? Besides, I'd like to know if you liked their partnership with FrankMusik on the album "Tomorrow's World", which I personally enjoyed a lot? I wish you good luck with your work on new Andy's solo album! Best regards, Fábio
Mar. 4, 2014 by Fábio
Hello Fábio:

Thank you!

Fave albums are Innocents and Two Ring Circus and Erasure is probably my fav band of all time......

DA

Sirius/XM 20/20 is playing your remix of leann rimes - gasoline and matches and sadly they make no mention of your name. (or at least its not showing up on my display). Also when I shazam the song it finds only the original version. Finally after finding the video I heard your remix during the credits and found your name in the credits. itunes says its not available in the US. Do you know where I can buy it other than itunes? I love your remix of Spitfire that I heard on Larry Flick's show and really want to add this remix to my collection as well. Thanks, Tony
Feb. 18, 2014 by Tony
Hello Tony:

As far as I know, it's only on iTunes and it is actually available in the US. http://bit.ly/1hsBJy0

DA

When the Rokelle remixes will be available on Beatport, Junodownload or Trackitdown? Can't wait! Also will Lena Katina "Lift Me Up" remixes be available for us "mortals"? One more thing. Any chance you could post your remix of Baker "Not Gonna Wait" on soundcloud for us to hear it? It is available (the radio mix) only for selected few on QOBUZ. I tried to buy it but it's territory restricted...
Feb. 12, 2014 by Dex
Hi Dex - my sons name is Dax!!

The Take Me Away remixes will be available on February 25th. You can pre-order them now on iTunes if you want. http://bit.ly/1cOF3zD

"Lift Me Up" should be soon!

I cant help you with the BAKER song :( that's up to the artist.....

DA

Just saw your legitmix page... very cool that older mixes are being posted! Is it possible to upload the WAV or AIF masters too? Would be much appreciated!
Feb. 12, 2014 by David
Hi David:

I think Legitmix is only mp3 format. I'm definitely trying to get some of the older unavailable stuff up there. Stay tuned........

DA

Dave, I'm a DJ here, and and I always have been your fan. We would love to have you here in Brazil. Do you have any plans? Regards
Feb. 11, 2014 by Fabiano Vissechia (DJ Asllam), Brazil
Hi Fabiano:

I would love to play in Brazil. That's up to the fans. You need to let your favorite clubs know you want me there - that's the place to start.

DA

Hi Dave, Will you ever release the Britney Spears body ache remix? I heard clips of it on youtube, and it sounds amazing!
Feb. 11, 2014 by Tony, Canada
Hello Tony:

Thanks. If you've already bought the original single on iTunes, you can go to LegitMix and get it.

DA

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