But you're hearing something completely different. You're thinking:
"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 every track has its own space in the mix."
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 because I've been in your exact situation.
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.
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 the basics of how EQ works and where you can find all the problematic areas that cause you problems in your mix, your mixing skills will skyrocket!
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.
Once you understand the EQ spectrum it'll be a breeze to create a balance between your drums and bass; vocals and guitars; highs and lows.
No more boxiness and mud, 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.
"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 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!!!!
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.
...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.
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:
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.
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.
eBook + Video Tutorials
eBook + Enhanced Tutorial Package
eBook + Video Tutorials + Strategies Bundle
As with all of the Audio Issues products, if EQ Strategies doesn't live up to your standards I will happily refund your money, no questions asked.
You try all the tricks and even keep the tutorial for a full year before deciding whether you like them or not.
See what some past users have to say:
The format helped me solidify the basics very quickly. I sampled a few sessions with the concepts and found an immediate and pronounced improvement. The book is full of tips that are immediately useful. Like anything you are learning, it takes 'doing' and more 'doing' before you can start to polish your work. But the initial results are immediate and impressive....thanks.
I really liked how you explained using octaves on ur 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.
Kindly allow me to over estimate your importance in growth of my musical career fro an amateur into a pro.. Your information has really molded my production skills into what my clients today call good music. Thanks a lot and keep up the good work.
I like your training materials. Well produced, focused, and a pleasure to watch and learn from.