Hard-Hitting Mix: EQ (Step 3/4)
This is the third follow up video for “4 Steps to Make Mixes Hit Hard” and it’s all about EQing. In the step one we recorded tight guitar and bass tracks whereas in the second step we edited the them. Now it’s time to start mixing. We’re focusing on EQ and the outcome is going to blow you away, I promise you. This is how you use EQ for hard-hitting mix:
The point of EQ is to give each instrument their own place in the mix, while it’s also the most effective tool for shaping the sound. EQ is so powerful tool that it is easy to get carried away and even ruin your mix. In the video you’ll see me EQing the tracks one by one, so you can do the same with your mixes.
As you can see, I’m switching to mono before EQing. This helps to notice the problem frequencies more easily. You can hear better where the frequencies of the different instruments are overlapping and fighting for space. I highly recommend mixing in mono while you’re EQing.
You also see me using multiband compressor for bass. This is purely for the reason that I’m using it only to get more stable and solid low end. It’s kind of like low end EQ. It’s also something I like to do before compression.
Hopefully you found this video helpful. If there’s anything you want me to cover in the future videos let me know. Send me an email or leave a comment below. Ask if there’s anything unclear or if I left something out. Cheers!