The best information available online right now when it comes to mixing. This episode featuring Phil Tann known for mixing bangers such as ‘Hollaback Girl’ and ‘Drop it Like It’s Hot’
Finding the right frequency to adjust is, of course, the most important thing. With time, some of the more common frequencies become second nature, but what if you’re dealing with a new sound, or just don’t have the experience to know where to start? Here is an easy way to find the right frequency every time.
What you need is a parametric EQ, or at least an EQ that allows you to control the target frequency. Boost one band all the way. If the band has a “Q” control make it quite high (Q stands for “quality factor” and it controls how much on either side of the target frequency is being affected).
Then, play the sound and slowly sweep the frequency back and forth until you find the point where the tone you are looking to focus on is loudest. Make a note of the frequency and put the EQ back to zero. You now know the frequency where your target tone occurs and can cut or boost appropriately.
Whilst me and my friend alex smith were in the studio recording debut EP for an up coming band from sheffield called ‘Right Turners Beware’ yesterday, we sat frowning discerningly, curious of why our ‘wall of guitars’ sounded like they were coming fresh from a tinny AM radio. After flipping the phase on one of the mics we realised the problem - phase cancellation. This got me into a pretty obsessive state, meticulously checking the phasing on everything with more then one mic, im pretty sure waveforms at opposite poles started haunting my nightmares when I went to sleep that night too.
Either way never under estimate the menace that is phase cancellation,
I will post some samples of the bands EP as soon as possible…
The aforementioned Retrospectives
This shall be a blog about music, as I go about my day to day business listening, writing, playing and producing. This will also be used as a way for me to vent my growing obsession with audio engineering and the many delights it brings.
I may also talk of my band The Retrospectives pictured above.
Over and out.