They were horrified when they saw my EQ curve – but when they heard the mix!
The professional reference mix exploded out of the speakers – the bass was full, the mid-range was clear, the highs sparkled.
And the vocals? The vocals popped out of the mix like the singer was standing right in front of me.
I listened back to my mix and it fell flat on its face. The reference track was a marble sculpture compared to my stick figure of a song.
Of course it was. It had the million-dollar studio sheen slathered all over it, and I was working in my home studio.
The way my song sounded, people would immediately skip it if it came on Spotify. It hardly mattered what commercial record would play before it, my mix would always pale in comparison.
I sank in my studio chair, dejected by my weak and thin mix.
I took a deep breath and decided it was time to break the rules. No more listening to conventional tips and tricks.
No more fear of filtering.
I was done being afraid of adding more than just a couple of dBs. I twisted the knobs and pushed the curves as much as I thought the track needed.
I knew that if anybody would see just how drastic my EQ curves were they would be shocked. The advice of other so-called audio educators wasn’t doing my song any favors, and I didn’t care if they thought I was crazy for boosting more than 10 dBs on my bass guitar.
I could only imagine the horror on their faces if they’d see the EQ curves I was creating.
I listened like I’d never used my ears before and stopped worrying about the numbers. The only thing that mattered was the sound.
Whenever I found a frequency that didn’t flatter the instrument, I removed it without hesitation. Whenever I found a frequency that made a track sound better, I cranked it up until it exploded from the speakers.
Instantly, the mix started to improve.
The low-end of the kick pounded my chest. The snare cracked like thunder. The bass guitar filled up the mid-range without feeling muddy. The guitars danced around the vocals which cut through the mix with presence and clarity.
My feeling of frustration was replaced by elation. My mix was getting closer and closer to the reference mix and I no longer felt embarrassed to play my song back to back with a pro record.
I bounced the mix and sent it to my band. When they heard it they exclaimed, “WOW! You’re really good at this! The mix sounds awesome!”
I told them I just did whatever it took to get the mix sounding as good as possible.
I left out the part about my crazy EQ curves. I knew that if they’d see them they’d feel just as afraid as I did. I didn’t want them to know what it took to get the song sounding like a record.
And to think it actually took understanding the rules well enough so that I knew when to break them.
You see, most people make this EQ mistake. They’re scared to do whatever it takes because they’ve been taught ridiculous rules about EQ that don’t serve the song.
And that dooms their mixes.
No matter how good you are at creating your song, you also need to be good at EQ’ing your mix if you want release-ready records.
Even rockstar producers will fail at mixing if they don’t learn how to use EQ effectively. And if you’re not a rockstar producer with a pro studio, what chance do you have?
If you can write a great song, but don’t know how to put a mix together, nobody will hear how great how a songwriter you are.
If you can record great tracks, but can’t make them fit together in the frequency spectrum, your mix will suck.
If you can produce killer beats, but can’t make them sound full and powerful, your record won’t be release-ready.
No. You need to learn how to EQ.
Here’s the thing about musicians and engineers who produce radio-ready mixes that jump out of the speakers.
They don’t have better gear than you.
They don’t have acoustically perfect studios.
They don’t have the most expensive plug-ins.
These people just know how to use EQ to sculpt their mix to sound like the songs they hear on the radio – and when you discover how to use EQ like them something magical happens.
You no longer wonder why your mix sounds muddy because you know exactly what instrument is making your mix feel fat, and what frequency you need to cut to fix it.
And then you no longer spend hours mixing a song that never compares to a commercial record.
Rather, you know exactly where, why, and when you need to EQ your mix to sound balanced in the lows, mids, and highs.
It doesn’t matter if you’re mixing a song in a strange genre with instruments you’ve never even heard of because you know how you need to EQ them to fit into the mix.
And your newfound EQ skills make all your mixes sound better.
It makes you feel like a pro producer.
It makes you someone other artists want to work with because they know you’ve got the skills to make their music sound professional.
I know this to be true because as the founder of Audio Issues, I’ve helped thousands of students gain the confidence to make radio-ready, professional records.
I’ve learned that the #1 most important thing you need to understand in order to create pro-sounding songs, is EQ.
I’ve spent fifteen years studying EQ and I’ve put everything I’ve learned about it inside EQ Strategies – Your Ultimate Guide to EQ.
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- EQ helps you create thick low-end, a full mid-range, and sparkling highs.
- EQ helps you separate instruments and vocals so that you hear them distinctly in all their detail.
- EQ helps you wipe out the muddiness and clear out the harshness from your mixes so that you have the confidence to nail any mix, in any genre.
EQ Strategies – Your Ultimate Guide to EQ will help you master the frequency spectrum so that you can create amazing mixes.
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