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, Ke$ha and Korn. His weekly Audacious Radio Show on iHeartRadio is an aural adventure featuring a collection of unreleased remixes and hot new club tracks, where you can also hear interviews with today’s brightest stars, artists he’s worked with and more. Want to witness one of his legendary sets? He’s also on the road around 6-10 times a month in clubs and hot spots throughout North America and beyond.
What was your most recent project?
If the project is an original music production and or remix, what do you like best from the production you did?
I like the fact that I kept the integrity of the artist in tact. I didn’t blow the song to pieces, I just helped it translate to the dance floor.
Can you tell us how you got that end result?
I started with a giant kick drum, added some claps and a little orchestral percussion to make it sound big. Then I laid out the arrangement and gave the original guitar line some support with some synths. I added some strings to make the mix big because it’s a big fucking song isnt it? It’s Mother Fuckin Coldplay. My job is a lot easier when the song is as good as this one!
How do you normally start an original production or remix and which DAW is your preferred platform? Do you have a favorite synthesizer both Hardware and software?
Pro Tools is my DAW, just because I’m fast on it and know how to get around the MIDI flaws. It’s a truly amazing editor compared to other DAWS. I have a bunch of synths I love, but this week Im loving the U He “Diva’ synth!
Do you have any favorite patch preset libraries?
It seems everyone is over-using the Vengeance library, so I’ve recently downloaded it to see what the fuss is about.
Have you ever used sample packs from Beatport Sounds / Sounds To Sample?
Sounds To Sample is definitely an up and coming monster and I’m very intrigued by what they have going on. I don’t use software samplers too much but I’m leaning more and more in that direction. What I’ve heard from STS has been pretty cool.
Any tips or advice for DJ’s moving into music production?
Any tips? Well, its pretty simple. I love what I do. Truly and whole heartedly. Thousands of hours later, here I am still spending most of my time in the studio (when I’m not DJing) and I still love the technology and I love the challenge and not knowing whats coming next. Listen to as much music as you can from as many genres of music as you can. Vinyl, CDs, digital, whatever. Get that music knowledge, background and have that in your head when you sit down to make music, no matter what genre you choose. Dance music is only one small part of the big picture, and it’s exploding at the moment, and we are all lucky to be part of it!