Chapter 4The Frequency Spectrum

No Light without Darkness

 

There is only one way to assess a frequency balance: by using your musical sensitivity. There is no absolute measure for such a balance. Without the low end as a counterpart, it’s impossible to hear if something has too much high end. It can only be too much compared to something else.

In other words, a good frequency balance means that the various frequencies relate to each other in a musically meaningful way. There are no hard-and-fast rules on how much of a certain frequency is allowed. That’s what makes mixing fun (and difficult): the optimal frequency balance is different in every mix. There are even multiple frequency balances that can work in the same song, depending on the ...

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