Hi & welcome to another AAA Sound Design Top Tip

Brass and Woodwind instruments dominate the mid range section of the frequency range. It is important to EQ these, as any instruments, in the mix. You don’t want the Brass section piercing through the mix too much so some careful EQing can really help the mix

Top Tip 1 : Cut the really low end – Get rid of all the unwanted rumble below 100HZ there is nothing here of any use

Top Tip 2 : Around 120HZ – 250HZ you will find the body of the instruments. Use a Bell curve with a 6dB gain and a fairly narrow bandwidth to sweep these frequencies until you find where the instrument/s live, you’ll know when you find it. Depending on the mix apply a 3dB increase here to boost the frequencies or if needed take a bit of these frequencies out if the brass is overpowering eveything else


Top Tip 3 : The Brightness of these instruments can be found around the 5KHZ range so using a Bell curve and a gain increase / narrow bandwidth sweep these frequencies. Again depending on the mix you may want to add a bit of brightness or the brass may be a little piercing so you may want to cut some frequencies. Make the required boosts or cuts around this area

Top Tip 4 : Often around the 1-2KHZ range you may find some unwanted tones. Sweep this area and you’ll know when you find them, they’re quite uncomfortable to the ear. Apply a cut here if necessary

Eqing the Brass / Woodwind section can be tricky but essential if they are in the mix. Boosting and cutting in certain frequency ranges will really help the instruments sit in the mix

I hope this tutorial has been helpful, please check back next week for another



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