How to EQ Snare and Hi Hat | Mixing for Beginners

Less is always more. What I mean by this is that you should start by cutting frequencies instead of adding them.  For whatever reason, the general consensus (and my personal experience) is that plugin equalizers do a good job of cutting frequencies, but not so much of...
Beef Up Your Kick Drum with Kramer Tape

Beef Up Your Kick Drum with Kramer Tape

Tape to the Rescue. I accidentally discovered the use for Kramer Tape on bass drums a few years back during a session.  I’ve never found anything that had such an impact on kick drums like this plugin. Give it a listen yourself.  ...
What is Compression? | Compression for Beginners

What is Compression? | Compression for Beginners

The basics of how a compressor works. It’s essentially an invisible hand automatically raising and lowering the volume of a track.  The idea is to lower the volume on the loud parts so that you can hear the quiet parts better. Learn with whatever you...
How to Use a Low Cut Filter

How to Use a Low Cut Filter

Why use a low cut filter? We talked about why you should use a low cut filter in a previous piece. Play with it a bit There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to eq. First, decide what you want your instrument to sound like.  Do you want it close and intimate? ...
What is a Low Cut Filter For?

What is a Low Cut Filter For?

A low cut filter makes room for your bass and kick. Your vocals, guitars, snares, and countless other instrument tracks will introduce some unnecessary frequencies into your tracks.  Using a low cut filter on those tracks will free up room for instruments whose...