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EQ is probably the most important tool to make sure your mix sounds good. But how do you know where to cut or boost? What frequencies are important? In this video I’ll let you in on four EQ tips for a better mix. Learn basic EQ usage, what frequencies matter in a kick drum and more!
EQ types: high pass and low pass filters
You’re probably very familiar with the simplest type of EQ:
Fig. 9. Though an electric guitar’s tone knobs can be wired to apply many different types of EQ to the sound of a guitar, at its most basic, turning the knob applies a low pass filter to the sound, gradually lowering the level of harmonics at the higher end of the frequency spectrum.
Here’s a low E on an electric guitar, with the tone knob at its brightest setting. This allows all the frequencies to pass through without reduction:
Crank the tone knob down, and higher frequencies are blocked — or rolled off — while lower frequencies are allowed to pass through; hence the name, low pass filter:
Just as the low pass filter attenuates (reduces) high frequencies and allows low frequencies to pass through, there is another EQ type that rolls off (reduces) low frequencies while allowing high frequencies to pass: the high pass filter. It’s not just guitars that utilize this simple EQ type. When you’re mixing, usually you’ll use high pass and low pass filters that are built into each channel of your mixer, which allow you to set the frequency at which the attenuation begins (also called the cutoff frequency).
By Ernie Rideout
For a songwriter or a band, is there anything more exciting than having finished recording all the tracks for a new song? Hardly. The song that existed only in your head or in fleeting performances is now documented in a tangible, nearly permanent form. This is the payoff of your creativity!
Assuming that all your tracks have been well recorded at fairly full levels, without sounds that you don’t want (such as distortion, clipping, hum, dogs barking, or other noises), you’re ready for the next stage of your song’s lifecycle: mixing.
If you haven’t mixed a song before, there’s no need to be anxious about the process. The goal is straightforward: Make all of your tracks blend well and sound good together so that your song or composition communicates as you intended. And here at Record U, we’ll show you how to do it, simply and effectively.
Regardless of whether you’ve recorded your tracks in computer software or in a hardware multitrack recorder, you have several tools that you can use to create everything from a rough mix to a final mix.