Have you seen the movie “The Waterboy” with Adam Sandler?
It’s a silly movie.
Bobby Boucher wants to play college football, but his mama tells him that “foosball is the devil!”
Well, today you need to imagine me with a thick Louisiana bayou accent (I grew up in Mississippi, so that shouldn’t be too hard for you) saying, “Boosting with EQ is the devil!”
Now, I think Bobby’s Mama was wrong about “foosball,” but I’m right about EQ.
Mixing can be tough. No doubt about it.
But a common tendency among beginners is to use EQ to “add to” the sound.
They think EQ is meant to be used to:
- add more bass and warmth and “punch” (by boosting the lows)
- add more “presence” to the track (by boosting the mids)
- add more “air” to the track (by boosting the highs)
Add, add, add.
Boost, boost, boost.
You end up with MORE than what you started with.
In my opinion, the best way to mix is to start with a bunch of tracks and start TAKING THINGS AWAY. (Think of it as a sculpture.)
It’s already a challenge to get all the tracks to blend together nicely. Why make it even MORE challenging by boosting frequencies, thereby adding MORE sound into the song?
You’re working against yourself.
More cuts, less boosts.
Boosts aren’t always bad, but if that’s your go-to EQ move, you might want to re-think your approach.
Cutting is the way to go, but only if you do it right. Otherwise, you might as well be boosting.
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