Ableton 9 EQ Mixing Tip for Conflicting Instruments

As I dig deeper into Ableton 9, I find more and more ways to solve mixing problems to get better results.┬áIn this case I’ve come up with a way to solve EQ conflicts (fighting frequencies).

Conflicting EQs can happen in a mix when 2 or more parts are fighting for the same frequency. Examples of this can be the kick drum & bass, or vocals & lead parts.

When this happens you have a few choices. Get rid of one of the parts if it’s not completely necessary, pan parts to different locations, or use of reductive EQing.

In the video below I focus on reductive EQs. This involves finding the most important frequencies of each track with Ableton 9’s EQ8 effect. Since you can now see the frequency spectrum on your EQ, you can easily find the important fundamentals & reduce the levels in those areas.

Once that is dialed in, you can turn the EQ effect off on each track. Then when a conflict arises, you can simply copy the EQ of a certain track you want to hear better in your mix and paste it to the conflicting instrument.

Check out the video to see how easy this is:

Happy music making,

Jason

 

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