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In this quick video, I show you how to strategically set your Kick and Bass EQ so that they compliment each other and sit just right in the mix.
I am a big advocate of subtractive EQ, meaning taking away unwanted frequencies as opposed to boosting the good ones, but I will show you how small and subtle EQ boosts along with subtractive moves can enhance the sound of your tracks. Enjoy!
I want to stress to ALWAYS check your EQ moves in MONO, and in the context of your mix. (with all the tracks playing)
What I mean by mono, is all the tracks up the middle in the stereo listening field. Simply pop your tracks pan knobs up the middle if you don’t have a way to do this with a plugin or outboard gear.
What this does is force you to make strategic EQ moves to carve out the right space for each instrument, while all the instruments and their frequencies are overlapping each other at the same time.
It will be a jumbled mess of frequencies at first, but once you’ve used EQ to subtract the unwanted frequencies in each track, you should be able to hear each instrument clearly in mono, all playing at the same time.
Then, once you you have used EQ properly in mono, and you pop the tracks all back out into stereo, your mix will sound clear with way more separation.
In the video, the Kick and Bass EQ moves were done with the Kick and bass up the middle in mono. Watch the video and let me know what you think!
You can also check out this epic post on EQ.
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