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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Maximize Your Recording Budget

Revised & Updated! This is an old article I wrote in the early 90s. Quite a bit has changed since then, but most of the advice here still applies. With the reworking of my site in 2012, I have gone

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Headphones for the unmentionable

I have a question regarding headphones and mixing…. I think most of us know that mixing in headphones is not a good idea for many reasons. However, many of us, including myself, do not have a lot of control over

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Another question about EQ’ing

I have another question for you about EQ’ing…you answered an earlier one for me with great detail and I learned alot from it….. I was experimenting with sweep EQing after watching a video of George Massenberg? demonstrating a parmetric EQ

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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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Question regarding compression

Just a quick question regarding compression – in the DAW environment, is it better to use “more” compressors on a track or fewer compressors ” but work them harder? Theoretically, in the DAW world, you could have “unlimited” compressors on

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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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Noticeable delay signal

Recently I mixed a song down from 16 bit WAV into WMA format and sent it to several friends via email to take a listen. One comment that came back was that when listening over speakers/monitors, the delay used on

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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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