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.

  1. First, decide what you want your instrument to sound like.  Do you want it close and intimate?  Then leave the low end frequencies high.  Do you want to push it back in the mix?  Then generously eq the frequencies below 200 hz.
  2. Second, play around with the eq.  Doing an eq sweep could pleasantly surprise you and accidentally lead into a really cool sound for an instrument.  Don’t be afraid to experiment.
  3. Third, compare your work to a professional.  If you’re trying to get your snare to sound like the snare on the RHCP “Californication,” then you need a .wav file of the track right in your project.  Eq and tweak until your snare sounds like theirs.


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