My Pad Or Yours?

Now it’s time to consider some of the other instruments. Pads, chords and other mid-range elements will often benefit from some more serious low end removal in order to clear space for the bass and kick. Here’s our pad part before EQ:

We’ll also carve out an area of the upper mids and the higher frequencies to make more room for the higher frequencies of our snare and percussion elements:

Back To The Beat

On closer inspection, the snare sample has an unpleasant resonant quality, which we can address with EQ. This is a great example of a frequency range which can be cut out without affecting the character of the sound.

One of the classic techniques here is to start with a wide EQ boost, then sweep the frequency up and down to find the problem area. As you home in on the undesirable frequencies, narrow the width of the EQ boost (Q or bandwidth). Once you’ve pinpointed the exact frequency range you’re trying to cut, pull the gain of the EQ down to cut rather than boost:

Author Bruce Aisher
8th December, 2012

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