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Using EQ for a louder mix

by Kim Lajoie on March 24, 2014

It is particularly in adjusting the tone and dynamics of each sound that the mix engineer controls the loudness of the mix. As you already know, sounds with a lot of upper midrange energy and with relatively flat dynamics have the most loudness. But unlike the composer’s freedom of choosing which notes actually make up […]

A basic primer on EQ

by Kim Lajoie on February 24, 2014

EQ is the second most important tool available to the mix engineer. It is a powerful tool for changing the tone of a sound. As a basic example, think about the tone controls on a home music player (such as CD player or computer speakers). There might be two controls – ‘treble’ and ‘bass’. The […]

Three EQ techniques that many people use (and why they’re wrong)

by Kim Lajoie on December 16, 2013

This post was originally published on The Pro Audio Files, with a somewhat less inflammatory title. EQ is a pretty powerful tool. More powerful than almost every other tool in your mixing toolkit (second only to the volume fader). And with great power comes great responsibility. Also, with great power comes great mistakes. If you’re […]

A collection of advanced EQ techniques

by Kim Lajoie on November 3, 2013

This post was originally published on The Pro Audio Files. EQ is pretty simple, right? Crank a knob, hear the sound’s tone change? Not quite. Just when you think you know everything there is to know about EQ, something new comes up. Here are a few advanced EQ techniques that you might not be using […]

Using subtractive EQ

by Kim Lajoie on January 12, 2012

Petri Suhonen recently posted some good pictures explaining the ‘boost and sweep‘ technique for finding and reducing troublesome frequency ranges. The images are a great way of describing the technique quickly and easily. I do, however, take issue with this statement: Boosting increases the volume levels of frequencies and it will easily lead to distortion, […]

6+ ways to get bigger bass

by Kim Lajoie on October 31, 2011

This is about basslines, not (necessarily) the frequency range. The bassline is the harmonic foundation of a track. A solid mix often needs a solid bassline. So how do you get there? How do you stop your basslines from sounding weak or flabby? Here are some techniques to consider: EQ. This is the big one. […]

Make your synths bigger!

by Kim Lajoie on January 10, 2011

Everyone wants bigger synths, don’t they? What’s the secret? Is there some miraculous plugin or hardware device that the Big Names know about (and keep secret from all the anonymous internet jerks)? Or maybe it’s a special combination of side-chained multiband mid/side compression alongside fully parametric dynamic EQ and three different limiters is series (in […]

Are you making this common EQ mistake?

by Kim Lajoie on September 27, 2010

Often beginning mix engineers are told to use the ‘boost and sweep’ method to find and remove problem frequencies. Essentially, this method consists of: 1) Making a sharp narrow boost with a band of parametric EQ 2) Sweeping the frequency of the band (this sounds a bit like a wah wah), listening for any spots […]

Six ways to get bigger beats

by Kim Lajoie on September 13, 2010

Who doesn’t want bigger beats? Well, maybe your neighbours. But maybe you don’t like your neighbours. Who am I to judge? I just supply the tools. It’s up to you to use them ethically. Here are some quick tips: Depth. Separate your drums into two groups – main foreground drums (kick and snare) and secondary […]

Five ways to deal with an ugly vocal

by Kim Lajoie on May 31, 2010

Every once in a while as a producer or engineer, a project will come your way with one of those singers. With an… unconventional voice. Maybe they’re inexperienced. Maybe their voice is just like that. Maybe they’re doing it deliberately because they like it. Whatever the reason, you’ll recognise this kind of project by that […]