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EQing samples -- is there a method to this madness?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by MikieNes, Jan 28, 2006.

  1. MikieNes

    MikieNes Guest

    I've just started using Kontakt for MIDIs. In regard to the samples it comes with, how should I treat them when mixing?

    Do they need the same EQ treatment as normal audio files? In other words, should I treat my Kontakt sample bass guitar as if it were any other audio track-recorded bass guitar?

    And the drums seem to be panned already -- at least the toms -- they seem to "sweep across from about 10 o'clock to about 3 o'clock.

    Any guidance would be most sincerely appreciated.
  2. David French

    David French Distinguished Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    A Lot of samples are designed to sound big when played alone for the impressiveness factor; consequently, they often need a bit of carving to get them to sit right. Just pay careful attantion to the frequency space they're eating up and you should be fine.
  3. MikieNes

    MikieNes Guest


    Sound advice! (y)
  4. UncleBob58

    UncleBob58 Active Member

    Apr 9, 2003
    Fairfield County, CT
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    I've had a lot of success playing samples out of an amp. Some of the amp modeling plug-in programs are decent as well. Maybe compress it outboard...

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