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Fighting frequencies

Jason, from musicsoftwaretraining.com has created pretty nice video tutorial about fighting frequencies.
One of the most frustrating subjects for someone who is new to mixing music (or even intermediate), is how to deal with fighting frequencies. Fighting frequencies occur when you have 2 or more parts in a song fighting for the same frequency range. This causes one or both or those parts to lose their clarity, punch and impact. Some common examples are Kick drum and Bass, Guitars and vocals but conflict can happen pretty much with anything. Without properly addressing the problem you aren’t likely to end up with a professional sounding mixdown.

ps. If you're sidechain freak ;) then you can download 29 band sidechain compressor rack (for Ableton Live). Each band has it's own sidechain compressor available. This gives the ability to sidechain more than one frequency range from the instrument. Pretty clever :)

More info: Fighting frequencies and a 29 band sidechain compressor


Anonymous said...

In terms of low end frequency clean-up, I have been doing a lot of musical EQ cutting lately. It works great for bass stuff. You can use a chart like this (http://www.phy.mtu.edu/~suits/notefreqs.html) to figure out what octaves you want certain parts to hang out in, and what octaves you want to cut. You can let your bass and your kick drum occupy the same octave, or be an octave apart for better clarity. Then you can use the same principle for higher-frequency instruments. It helps you tune your kick drums, too, if you are using a synthetic kick like the Drum Rack 808.

It's not perfect, or a cure all, but it definitely helps for bass stuff.

Anonymous said...

nice link, thanks

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