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Production Tips - Round 3: Enhance Frequencies

PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 1:39 pm
by dilvie
Using a combination of the compression and effect send tips, it's possible to enhance specific frequency ranges that tend to be too weak. You'll notice in this pack that some of the entries appear to be much louder than the others. Presumably, we're all pegging the maximum volume at some point, so why do some songs sound twice as loud?

Because they took better advantage of frequency bandwidth. If you watch the tracks playback with a spectrum analyzer, you'll see that a few of the entries seem to be utilizing the frequency space a lot better than the others -- that's why they sound louder. Loudness isn't just a measure of the maximum amplitude of the wave file, but also the amplitude of each of the frequencies represented.

One trick to enhance frequency usage is to set up an EQ that isolates a problem frequency on a dedicated effect send channel. Apply compression to it, and you'll add a lot of meat. Once the channel is set up, you'll be able to beef up those frequency charactaristics for any channel that needs it. I used that technique to beef up several parts that were lacking in my entry.

This technique is better than applying a global EQ on the main mix, because you can isolate only the parts that need help, giving you much finer control.

This concludes the tips for round 3.

Hope they're helpful!

- Eric

Re: Production Tips - Round 3: Enhance Frequencies

PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:27 am
by organic io
siamon wrote:The guitar, much like a piano, is a percussive stringed insrument. When you hit a string, the string vibrates and sound is produced. The only real difference is that with a guitar, you interact directly with the sound-producing strings, whereas with a piano you must use tools such as keys and pedals. The richness in sound that is lost by using only one string per note (or 2 in the case of a 12-string guitar) is made up for with the ability to manipulate the tone by interacting with the strings directly.


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Re: Production Tips - Round 3: Enhance Frequencies

PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:38 pm
by organic io
organic io wrote:
siamon wrote:The guitar, much like a piano, is a percussive stringed insrument. When you hit a string, the string vibrates and sound is produced. The only real difference is that with a guitar, you interact directly with the sound-producing strings, whereas with a piano you must use tools such as keys and pedals. The richness in sound that is lost by using only one string per note (or 2 in the case of a 12-string guitar) is made up for with the ability to manipulate the tone by interacting with the strings directly.


What's up with these spambots with pseudo-relevant messages and no apparent spam links???


Me takey that back, it has spam links now. Cleaning up the forums a bit