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How To Create an EQ Pocket For Your Vocals to Sit in the Mix

If your vocal sounds plastered on, like the music is in the background and the vocal sits on top, then this week’s video is for you.

You may not be thinking about this frequency area when you’re trying to make your vocals sit with the rest of the instrument, and that’s why your mix sounds disjointed and your vocals don’t glue into the mix as well as they should.

The solution here is to make an easy vocal pocket by taking out a particular frequency range out of the instrument busses so that the vocals can sit there. You can always make your instruments poke out of the mix somewhere else.

Check out the video below where I show you a quick EQ tip so that you can quickly and easily make your vocal cut through the mix by creating a vocal EQ pocket in your instrument busses for your vocals to sit within.


Whenever something is sitting in the way of the vocal, just do a wide cut from 800 – 3 kHz in the instrument that’s in the way of the vocal.

The vocals are probably the most important part of the mix, but regardless of how great your vocals sound in your studio, your mix has to sound great everywhere.

That’s where getting your mix to translate across the frequency spectrum comes in.

For more great info on becoming a master at EQ, check out EQ Strategies – Your Ultimate Guide to EQ here.

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