#1
I'm new to the whole equalization and compression stuff. can someone please tell me what tracks I should use a compressor on (ie. guitars, drums, bass, vocals)? and also what I should do when equalizing? like how many band eqs I should use on each instrument and what frequencies I should eliminate for each instrument? i read somewhere that guitar tracks should be kept to the mid frequencies, bass to lows, etc like use common sense. also how do i remove the muddiness from a guitar track? what makes it sound 'muddy'?

thanks in advance
cam dude
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#2
Quote by Cam Dude
I'm new to the whole equalization and compression stuff. can someone please tell me what tracks I should use a compressor on (ie. guitars, drums, bass, vocals)? and also what I should do when equalizing? like how many band eqs I should use on each instrument and what frequencies I should eliminate for each instrument? i read somewhere that guitar tracks should be kept to the mid frequencies, bass to lows, etc like use common sense. also how do i remove the muddiness from a guitar track? what makes it sound 'muddy'?

thanks in advance
cam dude


about the eq, it really depends on what you want as a result, i use compression for 2 things:

Guitar
Vocals

How? well, with the vocals i record a chorus or something and then i record over the vocals, with another vocals, the same things, but in a higher pitch, then i compress the higher pitch track and the results are wonderful

the guitar thing is just the same, just that with the same pitch
#4
well you are going to want to defiantly compress, the kick, snare, toms, with a good attack, but not to pumping of a compressor this usually means a light attack 20ms a fast release 0 a good threshhold, (just mess with it) and some other stuff

i compress, bass (must have), drums (must have) vocals (REALLY MUST have) strings, keyboards, acoustic, etc. i do not compress guitars, ever.
#5
I use a compressor plugin on almost everything but it's not always set up to actually compress, sometimes it's just there for the tonal coloration it provides. I do tend to use compression on drums (I usually double the kick and snare and compress one of those to hell and back), bass, vocals, guitars (just a hint on a mix bus to make the guitars "glue" together), and certain synth sounds. As far as EQ goes I agree with actaderock, it all depends on what you're trying to achieve. I use it mainly as a way to sculpt sounds so that they work in a mix. I use low cuts on everything, and I do mean everything, but I might add a touch of varying frequencies of upper mids to the guitars to bring them out a bit while also leaving room for the vocals. And there's always some added highs on the master bus to make the mix shine a bit more.