Remember the last time you spent hours on your mix, only to feel defeated by how muddy and weak it sounded?
Overall, you couldn't get that commercial clarity you hear from your favorite artists.
You can't fit all the instruments together because you don't know where they sit in the frequency range.
You struggle to get rid of the mud cluttering up your low-end because the bass guitar constantly clashes with your kick drum.
You don't know how to separate the guitars from each other. Instead, each guitar blends with the others in a bad way, not in that nice, wall-of-sound kind of way.
And most importantly, you can't get that big present vocal sound you hear from your favorite artists. You're fed up with mixing vocals because they never sound professional enough.
You don't know how much you should boost or cut frequencies to get the sound you hear in your head. You've tried all sorts of different techniques you've read in blogs or watched on Youtube. Yet, you're never sure whether it "actually sounds good."
You also get contradictory advice on the internet. Some people tell you that you should only use subtractive EQ, even though you feel like boosting makes everything sound better.
The problem is, you're scared of boosting too much and damaging your mix.
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 only cool engineers understood.
But me? My kick drum kept clashing with my bass guitar. My guitars masked the vocals and my entire drum sound always sounded like a harsh, tinny mess.
If I managed to tame the harshness in my mix, it usually ended up muddy instead. Anything but a cool sounding mix.
I had no idea how - or where - I should boost or cut frequencies 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 clearly they can hear each instrument in the mix with definition. I've learned how to wipe the mud off the even the busiest mixes, leaving them clean, clear and professional.
Here's the story of when I learned how important EQ was to make better sounding mixes:
Way back in 2006, I randomly found myself hired as the live sound engineer at this small venue called The Old Library. It was a cool spot, but it had a reputation for bad sound. It was the venue bands were forced to play if there was absolutely nowhere else to go.
Little did they know that they were hiring someone who didn’t exactly know what he was doing.
I was extremely intimidated by everything surrounding live sound. All these cables all over the place that you were supposed to know how to connect. All these speakers everywhere, both the monitors on the stage and the P.A for the audience that I was supposed to control. Not to mention the blinking lights of the mixing board?
In a word, overwhelming.
However, all of those things paled in comparison to figuring out how to use the simple, four-band EQ on the mixer.
So, because I didn’t have a clue, there was a lot of trial and error and fumbling around in the dark. Sure, any time I tweaked the EQ the sound of the mix changed.
Sometimes for the better, most of the time for the worse.
After a while, I quickly learned that understanding frequencies was kind of like learning the right chord progressions or the right scales to use during a solo.
But it wasn't until I had spent hours behind that mixing board and studied what each frequency sounded like and what it does to the mix that I finally got it:
EQ is the most important mixing processor for creating separation between the instruments in your mixes.
EQ helped me take that shitty music venue from its reputation for having terrible sound to becoming an in-demand spot where all the coolest bands wanted to play.
But I wouldn't have been to able to make those shows sound so great if it wasn't for the EQ. I didn’t even have any compressors until a year after I started. Understanding EQ wasn’t a choice, it was a necessity.
Today, my kick drum doesn't clash with the bass guitar anymore. Instead, they work like a well-oiled rhythm machine, keeping the mix clean but thick in the low-end. The guitars and the vocals have never been better. I know exactly how to EQ the instruments to keep them out of the way of the vocal, while keeping everything clean and present.
When you learn how to EQ, the rest of the mix easily falls into place. Once you've learned how to fix the EQ problems 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.
You want to carve EQ pockets for your instruments? With only a few EQ tweaks 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.
Even if you're only a hobbyist, you still need to know how to create a balance between your drums and bass; vocals and guitars; the highs and lows.
Once you learn how to EQ, you can wipe out the boxiness and mud from your mixes.
Forget about thin sounding vocals, boomy bass or harsh guitars!
With the correct EQ moves you can make every instrument sound exactly the way you want it to.
In short, EQ clears up your mix and creates a full frequency balance.
And you know what? I have the only thing you need to achieve that.
EQ Strategies - Your Ultimate Guide to EQ is your step by step guide to use EQ to take your mixes to the next level and finally get that truly professional sound.
EQ doesn't have to be a mystery so let me show you how to master it. 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..." This guide will teach you everything I’ve learned since then, in a much more comfortable setting.
You'll know exactly where your instruments are clashing, making any EQ problem easy to fix. Once you master EQ, you'll be able to create space and separation between all the instruments in your mix.
So if you want to master the art of EQ'ing, look no further. Once you've learned how EQ works and where you can fix the problem areas in your mix, your mixing skills will skyrocket!
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"An immediate and hugely practical understanding of the frequency spectrum and fantastic examples of positive and negative aspects of the key audio frequency bands as related to achieving better mixes. A superbly comprehensive and humorously written book by someone with lots of of a practical experience, that beats many video tutorials on this subject. Plus you can have a comprehensively indexed pdf to hand for quick referencing while mixing without needing to fire up a video tutorial and scrub through the timeline hoping to find what you're looking for! I was a beta reader for the eBook and I liked the content so much I bought the full course!"
"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."
"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!!!!
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 addition, the video packages go along with what you learn in the guide and are designed to improve your EQ skills immediately.
1. Frequency Overview Presentation: 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.
2. Frequency Vocabulary Video: Where I show you exactly where these words are in the frequency spectrum and what they sound like.
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.
This is for all those beginners that are confused with how an EQ works. I show you the basics of how you can transform your mixes from muddy messes to clean and powerful songs.
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.
EQ Strategies also 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!
Follow along every step of the way as I use EQ to clean up the mix and create separation between all the instruments.
Here are some of the things you'll learn:
"The impression I got from the Course, and from your site in general, is that you are one of the rare few who has both the ability to understand complex technical concepts and the ability to effectively communicate them in common, every day language. A few of the tips I got from the course really did make a noticeable difference in a couple of projects I am working on. The course gave me a good sense of your style and the fact that there so much useful information for free led me to believe that the stuff you have to pay for must be really great (which I later found to be true)...I am very impressed with everything. The quality of the material is fantastic and the publications are beautiful. The graphics, the layout, the videos are all very impressive. It really is a lot for the money and I am really excited about learning. Thank you very much."
If you've ever had to mix a horn section, it has its own separate set of challenges. If you've ever wondered how to get rid of the tinny harshness of a trumpet, smooth out a sexy saxophone solo, or add air and brightness to a flute, this video will show you how.
Learn how to bring out the thickness of the cellos, the lushness of the violas and the air of the violins. If you're struggling to smooth out the edginess of a string section, this video will help you make your beautiful string arrangements fill out your mix.
This guide explains the difference between EQ during the mixing and mastering phase. It shows you all the methods to keep in mind, as well as the mistakes to avoid when you're using EQ while mastering.
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.
"The EQ Course was eye opening in many ways. Having had basically no previous information on mixing, the course really gave me a sense of how essential EQ'ing is to the process. It helped me take my mixes from muddy and boomy to fairly clear, and definitely helped me get some punch into kicks and basses. Some really basic things that i hadn't even considered, which really changed the way i approach music: like EQ'ing the reverb and delay effects themselves to avoid conflicts on different frequencies...it does an effective job of squeezing much information into little time, and the formulations are clear and pedagogical. The amount of useful information i gained from the course was impressive and I am extremely grateful for having been given these gems!"
...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.
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.
Not at all. EQ Strategies is written with any software or hardware you have to work with. You can follow the materials using whatever DAW you're most comfortable with. As long as you have a standard EQ plug-in, you will benefit from the course.
You can certainly search for videos teaching you how to EQ, but no video will give you a comprehensive, ultimate guide to understanding frequencies to create separation between the instruments in your mixes. You're more likely to bounce from one video to another, learning a lot of random, contradictory techniques (and watching a lot of ads), instead of one method to make better mixes.
Like I said before, this is your Ultimate Guide to EQ. It'll teach you to get the most out of EQ, starting at the beginner level but teaching you intermediate and advanced techniques throughout the guide.
If you're a beginner I will bring you to a more advanced level. If you're already familiar with EQ I'll still take your intermediate skills and build upon them, giving you advanced techniques to improve your mixes.
As soon as you check out you'll get an email with a download link to both the eBook and the video content so you can start learning how to create better mixes right away. The eBooks are PDF and the videos are MP4.
That's understandable. You've got a lot going on. However, EQ Strategies - Your Ultimate Guide to EQ can also be used while you mix. It's a well organized guide that you can easily refer to whenever you run into problems in your mix. So as long as you're mixing songs, you'll have time to read the guide.
EQ Strategies includes all the information I've learned from 11 years of using EQ to make better sounding mixes. I guarantee that it will teach you something new to improve your mixes.
That said, if you don't think EQ Strategies taught you anything and you just didn't like the guide at all for any reason, simply email me and I'll refund your entire order. If you're not happy, I'm not happy.
I cover almost every commonly used instrument in the EQ guide. So whether you're working with traditional rock-band instruments, hip-hop drum loops, EDM synths or jazzy horns and strings, I've got you covered.
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