Removing plosives in a mix

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by Michaelm, Aug 4, 2003.

  1. Michaelm

    Michaelm Guest

    Hi all. I was wondering something about plosives. I've got a couple of them at the beginning of a song and they're fairly minor and weak so I think I'm going to try to compress them or EQ them out - but out of curiousity, can anyone tell me if mastering will be able to help. I've heard that they're sometimes better handled by a good mastering engineer. Any comments?
  2. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    May 28, 2003
    Kansas City, KS
    Home Page:
    IMO, there could be some artifact of the plosive, because you have moved the diaphram with air. That movement and distortion of the diaphram surface has effected the higher frequencies as well.

    If it is subtle, try compression, then experiment with a high-pass first. EQ for me is a last resort.

    They might be able to to it with more finese and precision. Then again, they may not. I would get a consultation with your mastering guy. Maybe send him a disc or e-mail an MP3 (gag).

    Good luck.
  3. UncleBob58

    UncleBob58 Active Member

    Apr 9, 2003
    Fairfield County, CT
    Home Page:
    Always do the best you can to eliminate such things at the mix. I've had luck rolling off some low end on the plosives and compressing a touch or automating a volume cut. It's a lot easier with digital than back in the analog tape days, that's for sure!

    Uncle Bob

  4. tripnek

    tripnek Active Member

    Jun 9, 2003
    If this is Digital I would try to edit the wav before mixdown.
    audiokid likes this.
  5. sdevino

    sdevino Active Member

    Mar 31, 2002
    If you wait for mastering, then whatever the mastering engineer does will effect all the music content close to the frequencies of your plosives.

    A good quality EQ with a high pass should improve thing alot . There is little if any vocal content below 100 Hz so if you are careful it should be easy to fix. But you need a good EQ.

    audiokid likes this.

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice