Become a member
Become a member

or
Continue with Google
Log in
Log in

or
Log in using a Google account

Thread Exercises or resources to know which specific frequencies to tend to

  • 1 comment
  • 2 participants
  • 703 views
  • 2 followers
thesweetspot

thesweetspot

8 posts
New AFfiliate
First post
1 Posted on 03/17/2015 at 08:23:40
I've read my share of frequency charts and know the general ranges that are taken up by each instrument. But for me, aside from telling when something is too thin or muddy, I feel like there are a plethora of mixing terms that I just don't get.

Anyway, what I'm wondering is if there are resources to know, when listening to a mix, which specific range to tend to? Guitars are obviously mid-heavy, but for me to distinguish exactly which section of the mids to address and how, is very difficult....does it just come with more and more practice or are their hearing exercises to know exactly what certain frequencies sound like and when they're honky or tinny or bright or brittle or ?
Mike Levine

Mike Levine

1064 posts
AFicionado
2 Posted on 03/17/2015 at 16:15:06
I have heard of ear training classes for engineers, but don't know of any specific ones to recommend. That aside, a good way to get to know what frequencies do what is to experiment a lot. Open up some of your past projects and start messing with the EQ controls on particular tracks. You'll get a sense for what does what fairly quickly. For example, on a guitar, try boosting the upper midrange and hear what that does to the signal, with the track still playing, lower the frequency and hear how that changes the sound. Solo the instrument if you want to hear the affect of your EQing more clearly.

If you have an EQ with a real-time analyzer function on it, that can be very helpful, because it lets you see what's going on frequency wise, and you can start connecting the dots (figuratively speaking) when you hear a particular instrument play a note or hit (for example a snare drum), and you see the corresponding change in the frequency display in real time. If you don't have an EQ with an real-time analyzer, you can insert a standalone one after the EQ, so that anything you do in the EQ will be reflected in the frequency display. Good luck!
cookies
We are using cookies!

Yes, Audiofanzine is using cookies. Since the last thing that we want is disturbing your diet with too much fat or too much sugar, you'll be glad to learn that we made them ourselves with fresh, organic and fair ingredients, and with a perfect nutritional balance. What this means is that the data we store in them is used to enhance your use of our website as well as improve your user experience on our pages (learn more). To configure your cookie preferences, click here.

We did not wait for a law to make us respect our members and visitors' privacy. The cookies that we use are only meant to improve your experience on our website.

Our cookies
Cookies not subject to consent
These are cookies that guarantee the proper functioning of Audiofanzine and allow its optimization. The website cannot function properly without these cookies. Example: cookies that help you stay logged in from page to page or that help customizing your usage of the website (dark mode or filters).
Google Analytics
We are using Google Analytics in order to better understand the use that our visitors make of our website in an attempt to improve it.
Advertising
This information allows us to show you personalized advertisements thanks to which Audiofanzine is financed. By unchecking this box you will still have advertisements but they may be less interesting :) We are using Google Ad Manager to display part of our ads, or tools integrated to our own CMS for the rest.

We did not wait for a law to make us respect our members and visitors' privacy. The cookies that we use are only meant to improve your experience on our website.

Our cookies
Cookies not subject to consent

These are cookies that guarantee the proper functioning of Audiofanzine. The website cannot function properly without these cookies. Examples: cookies that help you stay logged in from page to page or that help customizing your usage of the website (dark mode or filters).

Google Analytics

We are using Google Analytics in order to better understand the use that our visitors make of our website in an attempt to improve it. When this parameter is activated, no personal information is sent to Google and the IP addresses are anonymized.

Advertising

This information allows us to show you personalized advertisements thanks to which Audiofanzine is financed. By unchecking this box you will still have advertisements but they may be less interesting :) We are using Google Ad Manager to display part of our ads, or tools integrated to our own CMS for the rest.


You can find more details on data protection in our privacy policy.
You can also find information about how Google uses personal data by following this link.