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what to cut,what to boost? EQ

Discussion in 'Recording' started by FUNKY, Aug 16, 2001.

  1. FUNKY

    FUNKY Guest

    When you mix the vocals, what frequencies must be cut, and which boost?

    Which frequencies to cut to avoid muddy mix?

    How you make the low-end? Which freq can be cut/boost to achieve low's?

    How you tightend the low-end?

    Final mix question: What to cut and what to boost in the final mix?
     
  2. Originally posted by alexander:
    When you mix the vocals, what frequencies must be cut, and which boost?

    Which frequencies to cut to avoid muddy mix?

    How you make the low-end? Which freq can be cut/boost to achieve low's?

    How you tightend the low-end?

    Final mix question: What to cut and what to boost in the final mix?


    This is like asking "What salad dressing would you like with your salad?" or "East or West?".
     
  3. Jon Best

    Jon Best Active Member

    There is no answer to this outside of your gear, ears, and song.

    Basically, though, you can do pretty well to begin with by cutting out a lot of what doesn't sound good in each instrument in the context of the mix, and trying not to boost too much of anything unless you have to.

    Originally posted by alexander:
    When you mix the vocals, what frequencies must be cut, and which boost?

    Which frequencies to cut to avoid muddy mix?

    How you make the low-end? Which freq can be cut/boost to achieve low's?

    How you tightend the low-end?

    Final mix question: What to cut and what to boost in the final mix?
     
  4. Mixerman

    Mixerman Active Member

    Originally posted by alexander:
    When you mix the vocals, what frequencies must be cut, and which boost?

    Which frequencies to cut to avoid muddy mix?

    How you make the low-end? Which freq can be cut/boost to achieve low's?

    How you tightend the low-end?

    Final mix question: What to cut and what to boost in the final mix?


    These are impossible questions to answer. Equalization was designed to equalize coloration of a mic, or a mic pre, a room or even the board itself. You should equlaize until something sounds good.

    Compression is the best tool for tightening bottom end.

    Mixerman
     
  5. atlasproaudio

    atlasproaudio Active Member

    Well, although where to equalize is subjective to the source of the sound, the type of music, etc etc but you could try cutting the low mids (250-800HZ) for experimentation and as a starting point. Learn what frequencies sound like, just like a musician needs to learn relative pitch (ie learned perfect pitch). If you like it fine, if not put it back...no one is forcing your hand to go either way.

    I like a little 500 out of guitars and kick drum, sometimes a little sometimes a lot depending on the instrument and type of music. The guy in the room next to me might think it sounds like $*^t. For instance, I think a Les Paul needs more low mids pulled than a strat. Don't be afraid to experiment, listen to the CD's you think sound the best and try to match them. It all starts with listening, both to what you are doing and to other people's work from the past that you admire. Good Luck, I hope this helped a bit. :)

    Best Wishes,
    Nathan Eldred
    http://www.atlasproaudio.com
     
  6. Mixerman

    Mixerman Active Member

    You could be finding similarities in equalization because of your room and your board.

    Mixerman
     

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