How to clean up a muddy mix

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9 Responses

  1. Gazz says:

    I’m a neophyte home recorder – this is the single most useful and practical piece of advice I’ve found. It makes a huge difference.

  2. Jon Zeng says:

    Great advice. This has really sharpened up my latest tune. I also found snipping a bit off the release time on bass notes also really helps if you want the kick/hats to shine through

  3. Great articlem.. Ever since I started using hi pass filter ma mixes sound solid and clean

  4. WilliamKi says:

    Thanks a lot for the post.Really thank you! Want more. Raimo

  5. Michael H. says:

    I actually found this technique or concept out by myself at some point, simply by messing around with plug-ins. I was probably playing with a low-pass filter and noticed how much useless rumble there is in that are?
    So here’s an additional tip; Instead of using a high-pass filter and going up the frequencies to see if the sound changes too much, which you should definitely do as well, do the opposite and go up the frequencies with the low-pass filter, but instead listen to when frequencies appear that are actually useful or necessary. That was you can actually hear what is useless and you’re actually cutting.
    Then, turn off the low-pass, turn on the high-pass around the same cut-off point, but of course keep in mind that the roll-off goes in the opposite direction, which means that you always have a little of what you still heard with the low-pass active left so you don’t have to be afraid you cut off too much.

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