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Questions covered this week:
- How do I deal with “combo jacks” on my USB audio interface?
- What’s the best way to import samples into my high-sample-rate session?
- Can I use a high-pass filter on a bus to process all my tracks except kick and bass
- How do I use the VU meter on my preamp?
- How do I get a full “in your face” distorted guitar tone?
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If you’ve been mixing for any length of time, you know how valuable the high-pass filter can be. It removes excess low end from your non-bass-heavy tracks, allowing you to clean up the low frequencies, making room for the kick and bass.
But then there’s this thing called a low frequency shelf. What’s that all about? In the picture above you can see both a high-pass filter and a low frequency shelf.
A high-pass filter actually filters out the low frequencies entirely. The curve slopes downward at a specific “steepness.” As you move further to the left in the frequency spectrum, the signal gets progressively lower and lower. (more…)
Welcome to Day 24 of 31 Days to Better Recordings.
This just might be the most important mixing tip I can give you.
It’s something I talk about in-depth in Understanding EQ, but I couldn’t possibly go through 31 Days to Better Recordings without dedicating one day to the High-Pass Filter.
A high-pass filter (HPF) is also known as a low-cut filter. It’s a very simple tool that simply removes all frequency below a certain frequency. For example, setting a high-pass filter to 100 Hz essentially removes all frequencies below 100 Hz.
<Nerd-Moment>A HPF is actually a sloping curve. When you set the HPF to 100 Hz, then the volume of the signal at 100 Hz is at roughly -3dB. The volume at 50 Hz is roughly – 9dB, etc. etc. It usually doesn’t technically remove EVERYTHING below 100 Hz. </Nerd-Moment>