Reducing plosives (pops) with EQ

Pop filters don't always work

Even with pop filters in front of a microphone, plosives (pops) can still be an issue with some vocalists. However, there is a relatively simple fix that can quickly reduce or eliminate those loud pops from your vocal tracks.  Use

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High-cut filter

I’m curious as to how often you might (and I know it probably depends wildly) cut high frequencies as a matter of course. For example, I usually cut quite a bit of low frequencies on most tracks just to keep

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Mastering question…sort of

Question: how do professionally recorded and/or mastered audio recordings get that “sheen” or that “glass-like quality” ? Is that something done in the mastering stage, or is it something done during the mixdown stage? Is it something done with a

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Multiband Harmonic Exciter

Is there any use for a multiband harmonic exciter? A harmonic exciter, I thought and correct me if I’m wrong, adds a high frequency “touch” to a sound. Couldn’t an EQ do the same thing? What would be the advantage

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Depth through EQ

I’m attempting to mix a song and am trying to create a sense of depth. The delays are working well as are the reverbs. However, my question is more concerned with EQ’ing for a sense of depth. Instruments that are

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BBE Sonic Maximizer

Question: I have a 2 channel BBE Sonic Maximizer (the rack mounted version). Theoretically, it claims to “realign the frequency or frequencies” that get “bent out of shape” when being reproduced out of a speaker. When recording with a DAW,

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Fitting frequencies together

This is my first post on this forum. Somehow I lost my original post after I previewed it. I read the article “3D and the Art of Mixing,” I think it was called, where it discussed fitting frequencies together to

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EQ Low Cut

When you are mixing, do you use a low cut filter on the final mix and if so where? For example, on a mix will you set the low cut at 50Hz, or even higher?  If so, then how do

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Pre- or post-fader?

I use Cubase SX 3.  I have a question regarding where one would use an effect like Ozone in the stereo bus chain.  Should it be used pre-fader or post-fader.  In Cubase there are eight slots on the stereo output

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3D Mixing and the Art of Equalization

Here is a reply of mine to a person who asked about sound sculpting during a mix. Regarding sound sculpting, let me tell you about a very common mistake that beginners make during mixing (and sometimes tracking): An all too

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