Tell me if this has ever happened to you.
You’re working on a mix, and as you listen to it, you realize things sound a bit muddy.
You suspect it’s the bass track, so you grab an EQ and go to work.
“I need to turn down the low-mids,” you say to yourself.
(Ideally you say this out loud. I tend to talk to myself a lot in the studio. Talking to yourself makes you super cool.)
The only problem is…you don’t really know what “low-mids” are. You’ve heard people talk about low-mids, and you have a general idea of where they are, but in practice, you’re WAY off.
You could play the mix for a pro mix engineer, and ask him, “Do you hear what I hear?” (Hey, it’s after Thanksgiving. Cue the Christmas music.) He might agree that the mix is muddy, but how he uses EQ to address the muddiness will likely differ wildly from how you used it.
Because he knows what the various frequency ranges sound like.
You THINK you know, but do you really?
Do you know what 100 Hz sounds like? 200 Hz? 500 Hz?
They sound night-and-day different from each other.
You gotta know your frequencies, or you’re dead in the water.
I know because I used to have a very flawed idea of what the various frequency ranges sound like. What I thought in my head was a “muddy” frequency was far from it.
How did I overcome this?
What was the cure?
Aside from lots of practice (which is a given), I discovered a cool technique that instantly improved my understanding of what each frequency range sounds like.
It was pretty mind-blowing.
I teach this technique in my Understanding EQ video series.
After spending 10 minutes doing this simple technique, you’ll have several “ah-ha moments.”
Here’s what one of my customers, Steve from Australia, had to say about it:
“You were dead right, i was really surprised at what i thought was highs and mids and lows even though i am pretty experienced!
that was a real eye, ear 🙂 opener! That alone was worth the price of the lesson!”
If you struggle to feel confident with your use of EQ, this series will take care of that.
Check it out here:
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