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52 Reason / Record Tips - Week 40: EQ Tips for the Best Mixes

posted 2010-12-02 at 22:49

The biggest irony for mix engineers is that mixing songs is not really about "mixing" at all.

In fact, it's often more about creating separation and unique space between tracks than it is about mixing things into one homogenous mush of sound. If done correctly, a properly EQ'd mix sounds clear and polished. The bass drum has punch and isn't fighting with the bass guitar. The synths on the top end sparkle without detracting from the distorted guitar sound. If done incorrectly, a poorly EQ'd mix sounds like a jumble of instruments all fighting for the same sonic space (with none of them winning).

This week we'll cover how to approach EQ'ing tracks in your mix for the best results.


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Comment posted by: mnieuwhof - 2010-12-03 19:02

Great tut James, but the Record U info by Ernie Rideout provides the same (more in depth) information already.
You're approach is a bit different because your mixer sliders are set to certain levels and you do LPF/HPF before any EQ'ing.
When I use Ernie's approach my sliders are staying at 0...
For my new tracks this provides the best way for mixing my track...

But as usual... your tuts are always great to watch!

Marc Nieuwhof

Comment posted by: Meteotrance - 2010-12-03 23:53

Interesting tutorial, i hope to see the mastering function in more detail, in fact what is the best for mastering ?
using the reason maximiser and compressor or using the SSL magic knob.
in fact i just want to used final EQ plus maximiser and the SSL magic knob, with the spacializer how can i route this ?

Comment posted by: LAIDBACK - 2011-08-22 21:15

Nice Tuto James, i would have also decrease volume of that basse it eats up all the song.

Comment posted by: hubub - 2012-02-08 01:03

Nice stuff James.I just relooked at this tute, very helpful.

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