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Re: "harsh frequencies"

Post by mjau » Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:11 pm

A.David.MacKinnon wrote:
Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:33 am
A frequency analyzer can be helpful. I usually have one on my master bus and refer to it from time to time. I don't use it to make mix decisions but it can be really helpful to quickly locate problem areas.
This has helped me in a big way with low mids, particularly in identifying the differences between low 200’s vs 350-450. Managing this range of frequencies has been a big learning curve for me.

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Re: "harsh frequencies"

Post by mjau » Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:13 pm

drumsound wrote:
Wed Jun 02, 2021 11:07 am
Hey, look at this... The 57 frequency plot corresponds well with MSE's post. Who'd a thunk?
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Re: "harsh frequencies"

Post by drumsound » Fri Jun 04, 2021 12:35 pm

mjau wrote:
Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:13 pm
drumsound wrote:
Wed Jun 02, 2021 11:07 am
Hey, look at this... The 57 frequency plot corresponds well with MSE's post. Who'd a thunk?
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Haha! Your arch-enemy, the Shure sm57.
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Re: "harsh frequencies"

Post by losthighway » Sun Jun 06, 2021 5:49 am

gravitychapters wrote:
Wed Jun 02, 2021 7:18 am
I've been afraid to ask this one, but here goes.
I hope you're glad you did. One thing I love about this place is that basic questions are worth discussion, no shaming, and often I notice interesting dialogue between experienced engineers on the fundamentals.

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Re: "harsh frequencies"

Post by mwerden » Mon Jun 07, 2021 11:26 pm

I think of the boost and sweep thing as a good method to find something you ALREADY hear but might not have the numbers for. It fucking hurts though, so I’ve been preferring the cut and sweep method to find stuff. Also you can try turning it up until it hurts, then attach your brain to WHAT hurts and try and get that outta there a little bit. Not good for ears but it does work. People will turn it up until it doesn’t feel good anymore, so you’re basically taking out the stuff that will stop them. After you get a better handle on things you can have a sense of “if the volume knob is around 2pm and the meters look good it should sound slamming” and then you can listen for things that will be harsh when you turn it up a bit more without having to actually do it.
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Re: "harsh frequencies"

Post by gravitychapters » Tue Jun 08, 2021 5:19 pm

Hey, thanks for saying that. I'm pretty much always glad I asked on this forum. I feel like a bit of an idiot sometimes, but that's ok. I don't know how to get any better if I can't ask questions of those who are better at it than I am. I've always liked the idea of being an apprentice at something. Thank you all for being patient and cool.


losthighway wrote:
Sun Jun 06, 2021 5:49 am
gravitychapters wrote:
Wed Jun 02, 2021 7:18 am
I've been afraid to ask this one, but here goes.
I hope you're glad you did. One thing I love about this place is that basic questions are worth discussion, no shaming, and often I notice interesting dialogue between experienced engineers on the fundamentals.

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Re: "harsh frequencies"

Post by Mach 1 » Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:21 pm

Harshness usually correspond to excessive energy in 2k-6kHz region where the ear is most sensitive (see ISO 226 equal loudness contours).

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Re: "harsh frequencies"

Post by Magnetic Services » Thu Jul 22, 2021 2:35 pm

mwerden wrote:
Mon Jun 07, 2021 11:26 pm
I think of the boost and sweep thing as a good method to find something you ALREADY hear but might not have the numbers for.
This!

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