Ok, I'm back. Yeah that is definitely a problem area for me, and one that I've thought about a lot. I do try to make a point of making a lot of cuts in the 200-350 region on drums & guitars especially. On my last mix I was struggling with a dull-sounding lead vocal--I did a lot of EQ cuts on that track but I felt like I struggling to find a good balance between murkiness and harshness. I'm not sure I found the right balance there in the end.numberthirty wrote: ↑Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:46 pmGoing to have to second this point.losthighway wrote: ↑Sat Oct 17, 2020 2:47 pmSorry, you clarified a lot of this at the same moment I was posting ^.
In addition to the high pass filter recommendation, I'd also say low mids can really be the enemy. The 200hz-350hz region is often the worst buildup I struggle with. There are usually one or two instruments that have a fundamental in there that you don't want to kill, but for everything else, especially chord instruments with a broad range, that's where much of the muck lives.
Also, most of the excellent recordings you're listening to are mastered. Yours, I imagine, are not (?). It's not everything, but I'd say it's the last 5-10% of a good sounding record.
Seems like even some close miked parts of a drum kit can sometimes be an issue when it comes to this.
Your point about mastering is well-taken, yes. Everything here is just "louden-ized" at the end. I really should just save up and send it to MoreSpaceEcho to do it properly.