Should I EQ orchestral instruments?
*TOP TIP*: Do not apply drastic EQ to orchestral instruments, as they will start losing their characteristic sound qualities. EQ is a very broad subject. In general, you can cut around 200-350 Hz from most of your instruments (but use your ear to check for the truly muddy frequencies).
How do you mix an orchestra?
To create a “perfect” orchestral mix, you will have to cut every instrument at the right spot, even if it’s just 1db or 2, and the combination of all your EQ moves should result in a balanced frequency response which makes the ensemble coherent and represents the tone of each instrument nicely.
How do you sample strings EQ?
To help lower strings sit well in the mix then you’ll need to make a boost with a wide Q at around 1kHz to around 6kHz. That will add some crunch, but sweep around that frequency range to find a good spot. To add some presence or clarity a boost around 6kHz to 8kHz will do the trick.
How do you mix instruments?
Slice and Dice with EQ
- Cut – Cut the same frequency in the snare drum to make the two instruments sit better.
- Boost – Boost the snare a few frequencies higher to mask the effect of clashing instruments.
- Reduce – Lower the volume of either instrument to make the clashes sound less severe.
How do you EQ brass?
BRASS SECTION. Highpass up to 125 Hz to get rid of unnecessary low end and mud. But don’t overdo, as you may thin out the sound. Check 200-500 Hz range for mud, boost 300-400 Hz with a moderate Q to bring fullness.
How do you mix piano strings?
Once you have that piano right, add the strings. Bring them up slowly until they reach the point where they are still in the background. Consider having the piano set in the middle of the mix if it’s the main instrument and then use TWO string tracks that differ from each other in some way.
Where can I pan an orchestra?
A rough panning example
- 1st violins – halfway left.
- 2nd violins – less than halfway left (close to 1st, but you should be able to tell them apart)
- Violas – center or slightly right.
- Celli – less than halfway right.
- Basses – halfway right.
- Trumpets – one third right.
- Horns – one third left.
- Trombones/tuba – halfway right.
Where should strings be panned?
Traditional orchestral panning ( violins left, violas center and cellos and basses right) should be your starting point, but when strings are integrated into a pop ensemble this approach can sometimes cause instruments in the string section to compete with the other instruments in the mix.
Where are pan instruments in mix?
The best way to give your mix a solid core is to keep lower frequency sounds in the center. That means kicks, basses and anything else below the 120hz range. If your track has lead vocals pan them center as well. Experiment with panning duplicates of effected vocals to the left or right.