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How To Avoid Muddy Mixes (Mixing Tip Everyone Should Know)

Are you having issues with ‘muddy’ sounding mixes? The mixing tip that I’m going to show you today is one that completely changed my mixes for the better. When I first started mixing I was having real trouble with getting all the instruments to sound clear – particularly in the low end. Once I started using this technique, this all changed.

In this video, you’ll find out how to avoid muddy mixes using high-pass filters. Firstly I’ll go over what a high-pass filter is, then why you should be using them and finally you’ll be able to see how to use them and hear the effect that they have over a mix.

A high pass filter is an EQ filter that cuts off frequencies below a set frequency. So it’s letting the ‘highs pass’ and cutting the lows They’re also known as low-cut filters. As well as the frequency at which you cut, you can also set how steep the cut-off is. So whether you want basically everything below the set frequency cut or you want it to cut more as the frequencies get lower.

Check out the video to find out why you should be using them, and how to use high-pass filters in your mixes.

Jump Ahead

  • Intro – 0:00
  • What Is A High-Pass Filter? – 0:36
  • Why Use High-Pass Filters – 1:07
  • Mixing With High-Pass Filters – 2:30
  • Conclusion – 7:02

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