Join Larry Crane for an in-depth discussion in this video Cutting frequencies, part of Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Mixing.
When I first started recording, I did a lot of research into the art of recording. …When I'd see interviews with professional engineers, they would always talk about …cutting frequencies, using equalization to remove certain frequencies from sounds …and therefore getting better mixes. Well, I listened to that information, but …then I kind of abandoned it and I went to what most novice recordists do, I would …always add EQ boost. Like, I want to hear more top end, I …want to hear more top end. But I've come to learn that cutting …frequencies, especially while your mixing, can be really, really rewarding …and actually help everything else work much better.…
I'm going to show you a few examples here that'll work well for you in the real world. …So first up, I have a guitar track that I find to be a little dark and muddy. …Hear a split second of that. (MUSIC) What I'm hearing in there is not …a lot of bright sounds. I'm not hearing a lot of top end, and I'm …hearing a very thick mids and, and thick low mids, especially on the, the tack of …
Want more music production secrets? Check out Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Recording.
- Understanding the mix room acoustics
- Cutting frequencies
- Prepping vocal takes
- Drum mixing
- Gating audio for noise elimination or for creative purposes
- Creating and using backwards reverb in a DAW
- Re-amping guitars, bass, vocals, and more