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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 Aude! So do you know how many remixes you have done in total, 'cuz there's a lot. And what should us Audacious fans be expecting in the future? #Curious Brandon
May. 27, 2014 by Brandon
Hi Brandon:

No idea, but definitely a ton……. I have a new fun Audacious Summer Vol. 1 LP coming out in July. I hope you like it!!!


Hi Dave I just watched the recording of your AVID Webinar. I have a tremendous amount of respect for you because you are one of only a handful of professional mixers/producers (on the planet) that open up their studio and share your techniques with the World. It was magical! You are magical!! Thank you so so much. It was a joy to watch. God bless, Michael. [Using Pro Tools 8 on HD2]
May. 27, 2014 by Michael G., Australia
Hello Michael:

Thank you very much. I enjoy sharing knowledge and I always appreciate the feedback.


Hi Dave, Thanks for the great webinar. Now, if you look back to your first 1 or 2 years of becoming a remixer, was there anything (like other remixe(r)s, videos, teachers) which pushed you really forward in concerns of learning about making remixes? Have a great day :) Phil
May. 27, 2014 by Phil, Germany
Hi Phil:

Thank you.

I WISH! There wasn't even really internet so I had to really learn a lot on my own. However, I did have a great mentor named Steve Miller who was also a teacher at LA Recording School so that was a blessing.

These days it's pretty awesome to have so many great resources readily available on the web…...


Major kudos to you for embracing the LegitMix website & making your remixes available directly to fans! I'm wondering if you have any plans to offer any of these priceless treasures for sale? Michelle Branch - Breathe Pink - Feel Good Time Anastacia - Left Outside Alone Kelly Clarkson - My Life Would Suck w/o You If not, could you please make plans to do so? *lol* Would love to hear your opinion on the LegitMix venture, how you pick & choose which remixes of yours to make available, and have you gotten any flak from industry people for doing this? Mike
May. 20, 2014 by Mike
Hi Mike:

Thanks for being so up to date on what's for sale :) I don't have any plans on releasing any of those remixes for sale any time soon (and I dont even know if I have copies of all of those anyways).

Thanks for looking out!


Dave, Your music is great. My question is about song selection. When selecting songs to remix, what do you look for? What is the basic criteria that a song must meet for you to consider it? Thanks, Stephen
May. 20, 2014 by Stephen
Hi Stephen!

I don't choose songs to remix, but rather record labels, artists, and managers reach out to me to remix songs they are planning to release.


Dear Dave, Just wondering where I can purchase your remix of Ashlee Simpson's - Outta My Head from? I can only find the radio remix on iTunes but I want the full club mix. Thank you for your time and great remix! Regards, KC
May. 13, 2014 by KC
Hi KC,

Not sure if her label even released it. If it's not up on iTunes then I suspect they didn't.


Hi. Where can one find your Stevie Nicks remix of "Stand Back"? Why are some of your mixes difficult to find and purchase? Thanks.
May. 13, 2014 by Jimmie
Hi Jimmie:

It's up to the labels I do the remixes for. It's their decision to commercially release them or not. Sometimes they only use them for DJ promotion. If they aren't on iTunes or Beatport, then the label didn't put it up for sale.


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.


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 :)


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 :)


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.


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.


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).


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 :)


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.


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:


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!!!


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.


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.


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. :)


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.


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