I get this question from my students every time to give me some tips on using High Pass Filter in any DAW. Ok…. Let me give in points so that its easy to follow.
HPF means = PASS only the HIGH FREQUENCY and reject the LOW FREQUENCY
The Purpose of using High Pass Filter in Protools or HPF
“Remove the bottom rumble Low end frequencies in your recordings which includes your room acoustics or the sound produced from any source etc”
How to Use it?
- Keep Rolling of until your low frequency disappears and then roll back again a bit until you hear like your natural sound how it was captured.
- First SOLO the Tracks then start using the HPF knob
- You can roll of at 80Hz to 90 Hz for male Vocals and 100 Hz to 110 Hz for female vocals. But again this is not the exact frequency you should follow, it depends on the source.
- Roll off around 130 Hz to 140 Hz for an Electric Guitar or Rhythm Guitars and try to see how it also sound in your whole mix in context with your song.
- Roll off at 70Hz for Bass Guitar and again its not Fixed, you can try different frequencies and see how it really does the magic in your mix!
- For the Kick Drum you can roll of at 60 Hz to leave room for your Bass Guitar to sit well in your mix
Try this in any of your DAW, your mix will be so clean.
Recording Vocals is one of the main tasks in the studio or at your home studio. Many of the starters or home studio owners ask me how to get that studio quality vocals on my sound interface because I only have a basic Sound card which is the Focusrite scarlett 2i2 etc.,
Well, its not about a basic sound card or advanced sound card, its about your ROOM!
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Well, waves as this giant audio plugin company requires no introduction, is used but almost by all recording studios worldwide. Particularly, the waves SSL bundle is one of the best and popular plugin bundle even today.
In today’s modern DAW, our recordings are clean, our signal path is clear. We all use very good cable, Mic pre’s and very good AD/DA convertor, but still we all lack one of the key elements in our recording chain… Guess what?
THE BIG ANALOG WARM SOUND!
Many starters think that if we just add an SSL EQ or a COMP we can tweak and get a good bright sound, well that’s not the case of this Plugin. This SSL has something more that that, look at that button called ANALOG in the SSL plugin. It’s that vintage SSL 4000 G & E series mixers sound right in your DAW for a fraction of cost. It you wanted to learn more about using these plugins for mixing and mastering , Join our Sound Engineering Course Mixing & Mastering. Call us at 9884145966 or Email us at email@example.com
How to EQ electric guitar?
How to EQ electric guitar? this is the question i get from starters who have a basic audio interface and trying to record Electric guitar and then EQ it. Well, most of the time many tweak the EQ to by setting increasing Bass or Treble so that it will sound awesome in their mix.
The Result is:
More BASS & TREBLE = FALSE!
Well, the best thing to do is to Reduce the Unwanted Sound from the guitar track you just recorded. Any stock EQ should to the best for your guitar track. Some people say third party plugins do a great job, but it all depends on the tone and how good it sits on your mix.
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Mixing on headphones
I know this sounds a bit odd, but many home studio budding engineers cannot afford a pair of monitors or do not have space in their room. So the common questions they ask me is
- Can I mix with my ordinary headphones?
Answer: The first thing i would like to tell is mixing too long in the headphones will cause ear fatigue and the ear drums become aged soon. So your after years, your ears will not be able to judge certain frequencies which you were doing earlier. So i really don’t recommend using the headphones for long time.
- Do I need a costly pair of headphones?
Answer: No, you just need to get your ears tuned or practice various versions of mixes then you arrive at a point were you understand YOUR headphones better.
- Which is the best headphones for mixing?
Answer: Well, it depends on your budget, some of the best one i like is the beyerdynamic DT770 etc.
If you can’t then there are other solutions like sonarworks.com which gives an alternate solution for your headphone calibration for mixing.
There is still a lot of us get confused whether Hardware is better sounding or Software plugins is better. Well, to my experience, both have their own pros and cons. To put it simple, investing for an hardware Compressor, EQ or Mic-Pre is costly when compared to a plugin. But hardware has its beauty of adding its own color or tone value to our modern digital recording converters.
Those old school recording studios still use analogue EQ’s, Compressor’s, reverb etc., and they all add great sounding tone to the final mix even though they are mixed finally in the DAW like Avid Protools.
Whereas investing for a Plugins are always cheaper and portable and does not include any physical wiring! They simulate the tone from the original model of the hardware processing unit and adds rich tone to your mix in your DAW. However, still many people feel that you tweak the knobs only using your mouse or controller etc and don’t get the feel of touching the real hardware box.
- Hardware has its own color and tone
- Software plugins is portable and updates are easier
- Hardware outboard gear requires wiring
- Software plugins can be inserted in many channels depending on the DAW capacity
- Mixing on both hardware and software is way called Hybrid mixing in today’s modern world, you get the best of both side.
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