Know Your EQ & Filter Types

An EQ is a tone control—a circuit that influences the level of just a piece of the audible frequency range. Regularly, this has the impact of changing the offset of music & hints the segments that give each sound its unique tone, or timbre—and modifying the tonal quality. That is the clear part—any individual who’s ever twiddled a bass or treble handle on their greetings fi or guitar amp realizes what tone controls do. Anyhow when you begin utilizing them on different, separate, instruments in an occupied blend, then it rapidly gets more unpredictable its pretty much as simple to intensify things sound as it is to enhance the general sound, unless you feel comfortable around the devices some more than simply “treble=bright” and “bass=fat”. As I experience these tips, remember that they apply similarly to hardware and software EQ devices.

How to Open Up Space in Your Mix

It’s got me meditating on how to “open up” a mix — to allow things to breathe and move while still being full and textured.

The reality of getting a mix to sound “open” is that it’s not one single thing working. Most people will attribute openness to the instrumental arrangement and the way the sounds are captured and EQ’d. And this is true. But it’s also the space and dynamics. And the front to back perspective of the soundscape. It’s sort of the sum of everything.

Instrumentation

Most obviously and most accessibly, the actual instrumentation of a song will define the openness of it.

Some things are meant to be more sparse and other things are meant to be fuller. Often times, it’s the change from sparse to full or full to sparse that gives a song momentum. Solo banjo will invariably be “open sounding” whereas a heavily layered synth orchestra a la Stargate (like the chorus of “Black and Yellow” by Wiz Khalifa) is going to be “dense and full.” Neither is necessarily good or bad. However, there are instances where you find fully orchestrated records that still have a very open sound. It’s rarer to find the opposite: a sparser record that is still dense and full — but engineers such as Young Guru and Mike Dean have managed to make that work.