How to Use EQ to Make Your Instruments Cut Through and Fit Together in Your Mixes

If you've ever wondered how to give instruments their proper place in your mix where they don't fight with each other, you already know the answer:

It's EQ.​

​Any engineer will tell you that EQ is their most important weapon when they're mixing.

Everything else comes after.

Reverb, delay, all those modulation effects you love so much? They won't help if your instruments are filled with useless frequencies cluttering up your mix.

You already know this because you listen to songs differently than your non-audio friends.

They might think, “oh I like the chorus in this one, or the melody of that one.””

You?

You’re thinking, “I love the snap of the snare and how the beater of the kick drum comes through. I love how present the vocal is without feeling stuck on top of the mix. It all blends together so nicely and every instrument has its space in the mix.”

And you know it’s all because of EQ.

But somehow you keep struggling to recreate the results you hear in your favorite songs.

You can’t quite get that presence from the vocals and the bass guitar gets lost in the mix.

You struggle to fit all the instruments together, you can't get rid of the muddy sounds cluttering up your low-end and you're not exactly sure what the frequency range of each instrument is. You don't know how you should EQ guitars, drums and vocals such that each of them can be heard distinctly with all the details.

What if I told that you're so close to figuring all that out?

That with just a few small tweaks you can get your instruments to really punch through. You'll be able to add definition to your tracks and make everything fit without fighting over the frequency range. Because when all your instruments are fighting over the same space you need to know what frequencies are clashing.

You want to carve EQ pockets for your instruments, and knowing how to EQ is your first step to making your mixes more professional. 

Once you understand the EQ spectrum it'll be a breeze to create balance between your drums and bass; vocals and guitars; highs and lows.

No more muddiness or boxiness.

And forget about thin sounding vocals or harsh sounding guitars. With the correct EQ you can make every instrument sound just the way you want it to.

And you know what? I actually have just the thing:

EQ Strategies - The Ultimate Guide to EQ is a step by step guide that teaches you to understand and recognize frequencies. Once you master EQ, you'll be able to create space and separation between all the instruments in your mix.

Here's What You'll Get:

  • 15 chapters on solving your EQ problems
  • A frequency-by-frequency rundown of the complete EQ spectrum, with characteristics of each frequency range
  • Dedicated guides to drums, bass, guitar and vocals
  • Practical and easy EQ tips that you can use to improve your mixes immediately
  • Graphical representations of where your instruments lie in the EQ spectrum
  • EQ insights from Grammy award winning engineers (you might not like what they have to say...)
  • When to use EQ and when to use compression

Learning to EQ is the first step towards great mixing skills. Knowing how frequencies interact and how to fit them all together is invaluable.

EQ doesn’t have to be a mystery. Knowing how to EQ is the single greatest skill any audio engineer has. Don’t learn behind a mixing board in a badly lit live venue like I did, with trial and error and randomly twisting knobs until "something" sounded "just ok."

I want your mixes to sound great​ and I want you to learn in the comfort of your home studio.

If you’ve been looking for a great EQ guide to fix those nasty frequencies in your mixes, look no further.

What Else Will You Learn?


  • The 3 principles of great EQ’ing
  • 6 warning signs that you don’t know the first thing about EQ
  • Using little known harmonic secrets to EQ the bass guitar to cut through the mix without cluttering up the low-end
  • 7 quick and dirty EQ fixes for your electric guitar
  • How to eliminate vocal muddiness with EQ
  • 5 need-to-know frequency areas of the vocal
  • The 5 step guide to fixing muddy vocals
  • How to get rid of that annoying nasal sound
  • The opposite way you should EQ depending on how many instruments you have
  • What Goodfellas, The Godfather and other gangster movies can tell you about effective EQ’ing
  • How to get clarity in the low-end without losing weight in your mixes
  • The only mantra you’ll need for great EQ fixes
  • An in-depth guide to sculpting your snare drum sound
  • Getting rid of the “cheap sound” from acoustic guitars
Jeff Smith Mixing Engineer

The EQ tips that have helped the most have to do with the bass guitar and kick drum. I'm able to get a clean and tight low end on this song I'm working on. I cut some of the mud out of the kick and bass, then I let the kick have a little extra 50 Hz and added a little bit around 800 Hz on the bass guitar. That made the low end clear and punchy. This song has an acoustic guitar as one of the main instruments and I decided to put a HPF up to 200 Hz and added a little bit around 3 kHz and and it sounds good so far. This is a great guide to get things moving in the right direction!!! Thank You!!!! 

Mo Matatquin Engineer/Musician

The Ultimate EQ Guide is helping me immensely! I am new to mixing but have been in many studios as a recording musician. It's helping me clean up muddy mixes and get more punch out of my recordings. I highly recommend it!

Jari Oisalo Engineer

I think Ultimate EQ Guide is one of the best e-books I've purchased! I even have this programmable button on my keyboard to open it quickly!

Joseph Litherland Engineer

I like the specific EQ tips for each instrument. They're all very helpful and I learned quite a few new things: bass harmonics, how to make the beaters pop on kick drums, adding more punch to snare drums, and tips to make guitars sit better in the mix (which also works for lead synths).

Plus: Additional Video Packages

In the video packages I've included great training materials designed to make your EQ skill improve immediately. 

  • Your Guide to the Frequency Spectrum - Where I talk you through every part of the EQ spectrum and where you can find such things as muddiness, boxiness, weight, presence, shimmer, sheen, sibilance and air to name a few area. So now, instead of aimlessly wandering around your EQ plug-in you can actually learn where your problematic frequencies are when you need to fix them.
  • A Crash-Course in Cutting, Boosting and Filtering - This basic guide might seem simple on the surface but knowing when to boost, cut and filter is invaluable to making all the instruments in your mix fit together.

1 Hour Mixing  Session Using Just EQ

As a part of the Platinum Package you'll get an hour long video session where I take a completely unmixed song and show you how amazing you can make your rough mix sound using JUST EQ!

You'll hear a track goes from sounding like this:​

To this:

Here are some of the things you'll learn in my 1 hour walkthrough:

  • How to EQ kick drums to get rid of muddy resonances while keeping them thick and punchy
  • Using filters to reduce bleed on drums to create a tighter drum sound
  • EQ'ing overheads and room mics to make the compliment the overall drum sound
  • EQ'ing groups of both acoustic and electric guitars to give each one their own space in the frequency spectrum
  • How to use EQ presets on instrument groups to your advantage with some minor tweaking
  • Using a bass amp simulator in addition to EQ to make the bass cut through the mix
  • Using mid/side EQ on backing vocals to make room for the lead vocals in a dense vocal mix
  • The importance of using EQ on reverbs to avoid cluttering up your mix
  • Platinum Bonus: Video version of 6 Warning Signs That You Don't Know the First Thing About EQ. It's a 6 part guide on avoiding some of the most common mistakes people make when they use EQ.
Richard Wheeler Engineer

...really helped me with my bass guitar, drums, vocals and rock guitars. Making room in the mix with EQ and giving everything a space has got a whole lot simpler thanks to you.

Bonus: 10 Ways to Use Compression Effectively ($17 Value)

EQ and compression go hand in hand to create great mixes. Those two processors will take your mixes from rough recordings to punchy mixes. Therefore, the EQ Strategies Plus package comes with a Compression Masterclass.

Inside you'll learn:

  • How to use all those buttons on your compressor
  • The very minor math that helps you understand the ratio better
  • The difference between a FET, VCA and Opto compression types (and how incredibly important it is to experiment with each style)
  • How to know the difference in compression styles between different compression emulations
  • How to use compression to smooth out dynamics (and how you can see it visually)
  • How to use the attack and release to create shape
  • How to use serial compression to squeeze dynamics without squashing the signal
  • How to use bus compression to glue your instruments together
  • How to use parallel compression for extra punch
  • How to use different compression types in series to achieve different goals
  • How to use multi-band compression to affect different frequency areas
  • How to use mix-buss compression to glue your mix together from the start
  • How the beginner's mind helps you get more creative with compression

EQ Strategies Basic

eBook + Video Tutorials

  • EQ Strategies - The Ultimate Guide to EQ
  • PDF, Kindle & iPad Format for all eReaders
  • Frequency Breakdown Video - Showing you where to find problem frequencies to cut and flattering frequencies to boost
  • A Crash Course in Filtering/Cutting/Boosting Video

Only $37

Instant Download

EQ Strategies Plus

eBook + Enhanced Tutorial Package

  • ​EQ Strategies - The Ultimate Guide to EQ
  • PDF, Kindle & iPad Format for all eReaders
  • Frequency Breakdown Video - Showing you where to find problem frequencies to cut and flattering frequencies to boost
  • A Crash Course in Filtering/Cutting/Boosting Video
  • One Hour Mix Walkthrough On EQ'ing Drums, Bass, Guitars and Vocals
  • Multitracks From the 1-Hour Walkthrough For Practice
  • ​Free Bonus: 10 Ways to Use Compression Effectively
  • Free Bonus: 6 Warning Signs You Don't Know the First Thing About EQ Video

Only $47

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EQ Strategies Platinum

eBook + Video Tutorials + Strategies Bundle

  • ​EQ Strategies - The Ultimate Guide to EQ
  • PDF, Kindle & iPad Format for all eReaders
  • Frequency Breakdown Video - Showing you where to find problem frequencies to cut and flattering frequencies to boost
  • A Crash Course in Filtering/Cutting/Boosting Video
  • One Hour Mix Walkthrough On EQ'ing Drums, Bass, Guitars and Vocals
  • Multitracks From the 1-Hour Walkthrough For Practice
  • ​Free Bonus: 10 Ways to Use Compression Effectively
  • Free Bonus: 6 Warning Signs You Don't Know the First Thing About EQ Video
  • Recording & Mixing Strategies Bundle Plus ($77 Value)

$117

Instant Download

Jim Z Music Producer

​Mixing was a big mystery to me. Your thoughts and instructions on EQ and such helped me get over that curve. My music sounds more polished and professional now. The difference between someone like you and the local guy who thinks he knows it all is your spark. You really have a zest for music production that is hard to explain.

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If you have doubts whether any of my tutorial packages will help you with your productions, don’t worry. I offer a full, no-risk, money back guarantee. 

If you are not satisfied with your purchase, let me know and I will happily refund your money, no questions asked. You can even try them for a full year before deciding.

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Get EQ Strategies With Recording & Mixing Strategies for the Total Strategies Bundle


Get the EQ Strategies Platinum Package For Two Extra eBook + Video Tutorial Package (11 practical production videos).

Recording & Mixing Strategies is an in-depth tutorial package dedicated to every aspect of the production process.​

​Recording Strategies is filled with shortcuts to great recordings without the tedious technical explanations.

  • The 6 step process for getting it right at the source
  • The MUST-KNOW things to keep in mind when recording ANY instrument
  • A secret way to get expensive recording programs ridiculously cheap.
  • 7 easy stereo techniques for a wide and spacious sound
  • The little known drum recording technique that produces great results, even in the worst rooms
  • Bonus: In-depth bonus on recording a full band together in the studio.

Mixing Strategies offers simple to use tricks to make your drums, guitars, vocals and low-end sound tighter and cleaner.​

  • How to achieve a polished and professional vocal sound
  • Getting a tight low-end and controlling a bass heavy and muddy mix
  • 35 practical tips for a punchier drum sound
  • How to get a bigger mix without adding clutter and muddiness
  • Over 25 advanced guitar mixing tricks to guarantee a greater guitar sound
  • Production analysis of hits songs
  • How to get your mix ready for mastering

Plus: Two interviews with industry professionals about recording piano and vocals.

THANK YOU for your E-books. The information on mixing drums ALONE was well worth the money. I would listen to other peoples "mixes" which were typically a lot of guesswork, reapply using your principles, and come out with a far better product each time. The most recent song that I did sounds SOOO good, you can hear all the instruments clearly, there's no mud, the drums are tight and punchy, the kick is dead on, and the Toms are deep and thunderous.

Chris Munson
Home Recordist

About the Author


Bjorgvin Benediktsson

Hi. I’m Björgvin Benediktsson. I’m an audio engineer, musician and writer. I’m an Alumni from the SAE Institute and have worked in the audio industry since 2006.

Since then, I’ve been involved with projects in the field of live sound as well as playing, recording and mixing a wide variety of music. I’ve written countless tutorials on audio production on numerous blogs and websites, as well as at my personal website, Audio Issues.

Additionally, I’ve taught classes on music production and audio engineering, teaching the technical side of recording and mixing in addition to hosting workshops on live sound.

Let me tell you, I had no clue what I was doing when I first started doing audio and music production.

I used to move the mic around aimlessly because I had no idea what I was looking for. And whenever I hit record I always ended up with a terrible sound. Whether I was recording a musician or a full band I was never secure with the best way to approach the recording session.

What’s more, I had no idea how all my equipment worked. I didn’t understand my audio interface or whether I was recording loud enough. I’ll tell you, even my DAW terrified me with all those different plug-ins and processors I needed to figure out.

It gets even worse.

Even when I tried to mix I had a hard time. I thought mixing was supposed to be fun and cool but I was just intimidated. All I was doing was randomly inserting plug-ins and processors on every track, shrugging my shoulders because I couldn’t really figure out how anything worked.

No matter what I did I couldn’t make it sound better. I mean, the songs changed, but I didn’t really know where I was going with the mix. There was no balance to the instruments and the vocals sounded glued on and fake.

It just screamed “amateur.”

The reason why was simple. I had no plan of action, and no concrete steps to make my mixes sound like I wanted.

Years later, after countless hours of recording and mixing, I know what I am doing. I know exactly where to point the mic. I get the most out of my equipment, and my DAW does everything I want it to.

And what’s even more important:

Mixing became fun. Using simple EQ and compression tricks, I got punchy drums and full and balanced instruments. I started using reverb and delay to create space and depth for that professional feel. And besides that, my vocals sounded better than ever as I started to recognize and eliminate problematic frequencies.

What does that mean for you?

With a simple and effective set of recording techniques and following a straightforward plan of action for every mix – everything becomes easier.

Today I want you to discover those tips, and make your sessions effortless and easy.

Here’s why my tutorial packages work. They’re easy to follow and give you results immediately. Just simple and easy to use, practical tips that you can apply to your sessions immediately.

A clear guide through the audio production process is like a treasure map. It’s easy to churn out a golden mix if you have the map that takes you there.

  • They're filled with shortcuts to great recordings without the tedious technical explanations.
  • They offer simple to use tricks to make your mixes sound tighter and cleaner, with better separation and space between your instruments..
  • And as always, a 100% money back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied.
  • By using the tips found within EQ Strategies you can take your EQ skills to the next level.