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Björgvin | Audio Issues
But you hear something completely different. You think:
"I love the snap of that snare and how the beater of the kick drum comes through the mix. That vocal has such a nice presence that sits nicely with the rest of the instruments without feeling stuck on top. Everything blends together so nicely and you can really hear every track!"
But somehow you keep struggling to create those results in your own mixes...
You fight to fit all the instruments together and you're never exactly sure where they sit in the frequency range.
You can't get rid of the muddy sounds cluttering up your low-end where the bass guitar is constantly fighting with your kick drum. You don't know how to separate the guitars from each other so they all play nicely in the frequency spectrum. Each guitar blends with the others in a bad way, not in that nice, wall-of-sound kind of way. You can't quite get that presence from the lead vocal you hear on the radio and you've basically given up trying to blend multiple vocals together.
You don't know how much you should boost or cut to get the sound you hear in your head. Even though you've tried all sorts of different techniques you're never really sure whether it "actually sounds good."
Some people tell you that you should only use subtractive EQ but you feel like boosting makes everything sound better.
The probelm is, you're scared of boosting too much and damaging your mix. You wish somebody would just tell you where the EQ sweet spots were so you could move on.
Even when you know for a fact that you're making your mix sound better you can't stop tweaking the EQ curve, wasting precious time you could use on other mix moves.
I understand your frustrations completely. I've been there.
I had no idea how to use an EQ to make clearer mixes. EQ was like this weird foreign programming language that these other cool engineers understood.
But me? My kick drum kept interfering with my bass guitar, my guitars masked the vocals and my entire drum sound just sounded like a harsh, tinny mess. Hardly a cool sounding mix.
I had no idea how much or even where I should boost or cut to make my instruments sound better.
However, throughout the years I've learned a lot about EQ'ing my mixes to make them sound cleaner. Now, people tell me they love how they can hear each instrument in the mix with definition.
My kick drum doesn't clash with the bass guitar anymore. Instead, they work together like a well-oiled rhythm machine, keeping the mix clean but thick in the low-end. Even the guitar player and the vocalist have stopped fighting about which instrument should be louder because they can hear themselves equally.
Now, bands happily pay me to mix their songs because they know they'll get a clean and clear mix where everything sounds great.
In case you don't know me, let me introduce myself. I'm Björgvin Benediktsson and I've been working in the audio industry since 2006. I started out doing live sound back home in my native Iceland, but since then I've transitioned into recording and producing.
First in Madrid, Spain, where I went to audio engineering school, and today I make a nice side income from producing locals bands in Tucson, Arizona.
Throughout the years I've learned a lot about audio, and if there's one thing I truly love doing it's teaching musicians and engineers like yourself how to make a bigger impact with your music.
I've taught thousands of up and coming home studio musicians and engineers through Audio Issues since 2011.
And I have to tell you, once you've learned how EQ works and where you can fix the problem areas in your mix, your mixing skills will skyrocket!
That's what happened to me, and that's what I want for you too.
All it takes is a little knowledge and a blueprint of where to go.
With just a few small tweaks on top of what you're already doing you can finally get your instruments to really punch through. You'll be able to add definition to your tracks and make everything fit together for a cleaner mix.
You want to carve EQ pockets for your instruments. Knowing how to EQ correctly is your first to making that happen and getting your mixes to sound more professional.
Even if you're just mixing your songs as a hobby you still need to know how to create a balance between your drums and bass; vocals and guitars; highs and lows.
Once you learn how to EQ, you can wipe out the boxiness and mud from your mixes, and forget about thin sounding vocals or harsh guitars!
With the correct EQ curves you can make every instrument sound just the way you want it to.
In short, EQ cleans up your mix and creates a full frequency balance.
And you know what? I have just the thing to help you achieve that.
EQ Strategies - The Ultimate Guide to EQ is a step by step guide that teaches you how 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.
You'll know exactly where your instruments are clashing, making any EQ problem easy to fix.
Learning to EQ is the first step towards great mixing skills. Knowing how frequencies interact and how to fit them all together is a crucial skill all engineers like yourself should have.
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 venue like I did, with trial and error and randomly twisting knobs until "something" sounded "just ok..."
I want your mixes to sound better than that in less time. So if you've been looking for a great EQ guide to fix those nasty frequencies in your mixes, look no further.
"So complete that, although have purchased other great resources from other respectable sites, this really is the only one that I need, if I had to choose one. Secondly, while videos are very helpful, I can reference your books quickly while mixing. This may sound tedious, but I printed your EQ/mixing ebooks and had them bound. I don't like clutter and can't have training stuff all over the place. The EQ and mixingbooks are on top of my Yamaha HS7's and thats it; nothing else. The books are jammed with USEFUL stuff; hands on real mixing pointers...This hobby became so frustrating that I almost quit until I discovered some of the home studio training and now, your e-books which are my reference books. I'll stay tuned for any more products from you. Buying a bunch of gear is ridiculous, ( as I've learned from experience), without first investing in becoming an 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!!!!
"Bjorgvin knows what we need to know, and he shares it all, in easy to understand, easy to digest bites. Bjorgvin explains filtering, boosting, cutting, notch filters, bell curves, and “Q”, how to “sweep” or find frequencies that need cutting, and so much more, and all of it in very good detail, with audio examples. “EQ Strategies for EQ’ing a song”...This important video is an hour of deep EQ teaching, so please do not skip this part! Bjorgvin opens up a real multi track session and goes through the tracks, one at a time, and explains exactly what each EQ is doing. Bjorgvin begins with a quick “before and after” play, without EQ and then with EQ, just to demonstrate how powerful EQ really is. The difference is nothing short of incredible. Bjorgvin is a great teacher, too, and that really lends to the level of training that is unfolding here inside EQ Strategies. If you are trying to wrap your head around EQ, how to apply EQ in order to get way better tracks and much better sounding complete songs, EQ Strategies is what you are looking for."
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!
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).
In the video packages I've included great training materials designed to make your EQ skill improve immediately.
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.
Knowing when to boost, cut and filter is invaluable to making all the instruments in your mix fit together. We go through the EQ plug-in to help you understand exactly how every parameter, setting and knob works.
One of the EQ Strategies packages includes 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 this:
To this, using just EQ:
Here are some of the things you'll learn in my 1 hour walkthrough:
A 6 part guide on avoiding some of the most common mistakes people make when they use EQ.
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 package comes with a Compression Masterclass that'll teach you how to use all those buttons on your compressor.
...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.
"I really liked how you explained using octaves on your bass instruments to get the low-end to register on smaller speakers. That has been an issue of mine. Always sounds great on my monitors but when I play back on portable speakers I wouldn't even be able to hear the low-end.
When I was starting out, it sure felt that way. Once I'd gotten the hang of EQ, compression was still a struggle. Every time I tried to compress my drums and bass to make them tighter, I'd end up with a squashed drum sound and a weak low-end. I was never really sure what all the buttons the compressor did, and I certainly didn't know which ones to use to create tight mixes like I heard from other expert engineers.
Balancing the dynamics of the song without squashing and over-compressing each instrument was foreign to me.
Sure, presets were handy to start with, but I usually got lost trying to tweak them to suit my mix.
If I finally got a good rough mix using EQ and compression, I'd derail the entire thing again when I added reverb and delay.
I'd end up with way too much reverb, making my mixes sound weak and washed out. Then, when I'd return to the mix the next day I'd overcompensate for my mistakes and end up with a mix that sounded two-dimensional and flat.
I honestly didn't understand what to listen for in a mix so I kept randomly putting plug-ins on tracks, tweaking presets that didn't fit the tracks and selecting inappropriate effects that weren't suitable for the song.
If you have a similar story, you might want to grab my Mixing With 5 Plug-ins course with your EQ Strategies package.
"I found this course to be detailed, relevant, and very practical - and quite a bit of fun. Specifically, I found each of the feedback videos comprehensive and balanced, each of the tutorial videos were engaging and detailed, yet it was not "preachy" as "this is the only way to" I learned the difference between EQ'ing for balance and cohesion and EQ'ing for color and dimension. The visual component of seeing the specific instrument's frequency range really helps nail problem areas more efficiently. Also, this course has changed (and simplified) the way I set up a session. The idea is great. You explain a little bit of why you use the plugin and what the overall goal is. Then you do it"live and then explain what you have done. I realized that all you need is basically only these 5 plug-ins."
"Overall, I really enjoyed the course. I think for me the most valuable thing was seeing your screen and watching your thought process visually. I have read mixing textbooks in the past and the information is simply too dense to be all that useful. In particular, the "Mixing with no plug-ins" video was extremely helpful. I realized that many of my major mixing woes were caused by poor organization and skipping over fundamentals. I've been mixing for a while as a hobby and in that time have picked up many bad habits, and this course definitely helped me re-learn the habits that make for better mixes. I really enjoyed the course. I personally didn't really want to use the song that you were mixing and instead opted for applying the techniques I learned from the videos to my own mix. I would certainly recommend this course to anyone who is starting out on their mixing journey as well as folks like me who have been mixing for a while but haven't learned good fundamentals. I probably wouldn't recommend it to someone looking for a "deep dive" into the art of mixing, because it covers the basics and doesn't go super-duper in depth, but overall I am very satisfied with my purchase. Thanks so much for doing what you do, Björgvin!"
Critical listening and knowing where you're taking the song before you ever start mixing it.
The first module is all about setting up and prepping your tracks for mixing.
After EQ'ing we'll put a compressor on every track and find the best setting for each instrument.
We'll use saturation to spice up your mixes and make them smoother and warmer.
After our initial balancing work we'll get into using EQ to make all the instruments fit together in your mixes.
If you only use EQ and compression you'll end up with a flat mix. Using reverb and delay is the key to giving your mixes depth without overpowering and cluttering up your mix.
In addition, we'll rebalance the whole mix, check our mix on multiple speakers and add some automation so that everything plays nicely together.
EQ Strategies can be directly downloaded to your computer and watched immediately. If you also buy Mixing With 5 Plug-ins you'll gain access to a members only area. As soon as you sign up you get access to the Mixing With No-Plugins video, the Quickstart Guide and all the multi-tracks inside the members area. Every day after that for the next 5 days you'll get a new video to watch and use that knowledge to improve your mix. Then, after a week, you should have all the knowledge necessary to create amazing mixes using only five plug-ins.
Not at all. You can follow the course using whatever DAW you're most comfortable with. I'll be using Logic Pro but all of the mixing techniques I show you can be done with any DAW.
You can certainly search for videos teaching you each individual plug-in, but no video will tie all of the plug-ins together like this to show you how to use them to create separation between your instruments and awesome mixes. Instead, you'll end up wading through poorly explained techniques and watching a bunch of ads.
That's understandable. You've got a lot going on. However, if you can spare an hour a day for the next week imagine how much time you'll save in the future being able to easily mix song after song, making each one much better than you would if you had decided to do nothing. Don't do nothing. Learn to create great mixes.
EQ Strategies is one of my most popular tutorials. Over 1,000 home studio musicians such as yourself have invested in learning how to master EQ with my course. Mixing With 5 Plug-ins is my flagship course. It's VERY in-depth and comprehensive. It's not just a quick video explaining what mixing is. Mixing With 5 Plug-ins is much more than that. I don't just mix. I also explain everything about each plug-in and go much more in-depth into the theory and practice of mixing in general.
Mixing With 5 Plug-ins includes much more information about how to use EQ, compression, reverb, delay and saturation in any of your mixes, not just the one we're working on in the course.
Feel free to take your time, but the sooner you watch the videos, the better your mixes will become. Once you're a member you'll always have access to the videos and the members area. Inside the members area you'll be able to both stream and download the videos as well.
Not at all. You can use any EQ, compressor, reverb, delay and saturation plug-ins you have available. I use a combination of a few plug-ins which you probably have a similar version of. However, none of them are crucial for success in this course or to get a great sounding mix.
This course includes all the information I've learned from 11 years of mixing music. I guarantee that it will teach you how to improve your mixes exponentially.
That said, if you don't think Mixing With 5 Plug-ins taught you anything and you just didn't like the course at all for any reason, simply email me and I'll refund your entire order. If you're not happy, I'm not happy.
This is a beginner to intermediate course. It's not just for beginners because I expect a certain level of knowledge on using plug-ins and your DAW in general (whatever DAW you're using).
I won't teach you to import the mix session (just drag and drop audio usually works) or tell you what a fader or a pan knob is. I assume you know at least that much.
But I will condense all of my experience with mixing that I've learned in the last decade. If you're a beginner I will bring you to a more advanced level. If you're already familiar with mixing I'll still take your intermediate skills and build upon them, giving you advanced techniques to improve your mixes..
The track that's used in the course is a rock track but in every video, I explain in detail about every processor (EQ, compression, saturation, reverb and delay) and give you the knowledge needed to use those plug-ins on any instrument in any genre.
If you're extra adventurous and want even more techniques on recording, my Recording & Mixing Strategies bundle includes two Extra eBooks plus a video Tutorial Package (11 extra practical production videos).
Recording & Mixing Strategies is an in-depth tutorial package dedicated to every aspect of the production process.
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.
As with all of the Audio Issues products, if they don't live up to your standards I will happily refund your money, no questions asked.
You can try all the tricks and even keep the tutorial for a full year before deciding whether you like them or not.
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