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  • Mix a pop song – 7d – Bong, Boff, and Sizzle

    I’m so sorry – I couldn’t find a better title for this section – which is a great shame because it is actually critically important, so I’d better explain myself pretty quickly. I should point out that the previous section regarding “sound enhancement” by EQ, is really discussing the subject from the point of view […]

  • Mix a pop song – 7c – Sound Enhancement

    EQ can also be used to ‘boost’ or ‘cut’ certain frequencies to enhance the sound. Most musical instrument sounds can be described as containing the following (in order): * Sub harmonics (low bass components) * Fundamental note range * Upper harmonics * High harmonics When using EQ for general “enhancement” of the sound, you are […]

  • Mix a pop song – 7b – Harmonic Dampening

    The characteristic sound of a snare drum going “doink” is enough to make any engineer feel queasy and go green. It is probably the most often encountered problem when recording or mixing a real drum kit. The real solution of course, is to make sure that you have a drum kit that doesn’t go “doink!” […]

  • Mix a pop song – 7a – Noise Reduction Using EQ

    The act of eliminating unwanted noise from a signal, is obviously one application where it is far better to get the sound right at source. Although this article is about mixing, it is worth mentioning here what the problems are, and how they are normally solved at the recording stage. The elimination of rumbles is […]

  • Mix a pop song – 7 – Adding the Main Parts

    Probably the first thing we need to get out of the way right now, is a more detailed examination of the role of EQ in mixing. The Use of Equalisation Equalisation – or EQ, to give it its common acronym – is fundamental to modern recording and mixing. However, its application is still very much […]