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Using EQ to Fit the Band in the Mix

Using EQ to Fit the Band in the Mix

Trey transitions from the precise drum EQ to the rest of the band. He focuses on fine-tuning the other instruments in the mix. These include an upright bass, two electric guitars, and two forms of keys. Trey considers each instrument’s unique characteristics and decides how they should blend seamlessly within the mix. This shows the importance of EQ in achieving a harmonious balance. Key Points: The upright bass is EQ'd using only a pickup due to stage bleed. The EQ focuses on cutting low frequencies and boosting string noise and attack without a mic. Electric guitars are balanced between the brightness of a Shure SM57 and the warmth of a ribbon mic. They focus on cutting muddiness and sitting well in the mix. This is done with high-pass and low-pass adjustments. The keys player’s Nord and Mellotron are treated to keep their full sound. This is done with careful EQ to make room for the vocal and other instruments. High-pass filters are used to avoid crowding the low-end. Sarah's grand piano is replicated with a MIDI sample and VST. It needs high-pass filtering to make room for bass and drums. It also needs mid-range adjustments to fit the band without dominating the mix. EQ for each instrument balances clarity and harmony. You should make adjustments in the full mix to avoid frequency conflicts. This ensures each part contributes well to the sound.

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